ARIZONA – Jack Lynn Clay, formerly of rural Cridersville, died at Baywood Banner Hospital on Friday, July 30, 2021 in Mesa, Arizona.

Jack was born January 2, 1937 in Lima to Gerard and Mary (Stumbaugh) Clay who predeceased him in death.

On March 24, 1962, he married Marcia (Mart) Clay who still survives.

Jack graduated from Shawnee High School in 1955, then went to work at Ohio Steel, which later morphed into Teledyne Ohio Steel. He then went to work for Ford Motor Company was laid off and then went to work for the Shawnee Fire Department. He left there and returned to Teledyne Ohio Steel where he retired. After retiring from Teledyne, he then started his own business called Clays Custom Staining and Refinishing, retired, then went to work for Apollo Career Center where he helped build Apollo homes.

Jack enjoyed sports, coached midget football and ran the stadium for the midget football team. He coached 8th grade football for Shawnee Middle School. He also ran the college football channels, performed referee registration and managed the college football ticket office. He assisted in the cheers section at Shawnee Basketball Varsity games.

Jack was a member of Cridersville United Methodist Church for 30 years and is a member of the Sun Valley Community Church.

Survivors include 3 children: Brad Alan Clay of Lexington, Kentucky; Kelly Ann Clay of Columbus, Ohio; Kyle Justin Clay of Scottsdale, Arizona; 6 grandchildren – Madison Clay of Denver, Colorado, Caleb Clay of Colorado Springs; Mac Kenzie Clay of Biloxi, Mississippi; Vivian Clay of Scottsdale, Arizona; Violet clay from Scottsdale, Arizona; Henry Clay of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday August 9, 2021 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. Reverend Thomas Miller will officiate. Interment will follow at Shawnee Cemetery.

The family will receive friends between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Cridersville Food Pantry.

Condolences can be shared at www.BayliffAndSon.com

Published by The Lima News August 3-4, 2021.

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