Albert ”Jay” Junior Powell

02/08/1926 — 04/20/2007

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Ogden, Utah

Albert ”Jay” Junior Powell

Albert J. Powell, known to all as ''Jay'', was born Feb. 8, 1926 in Ogden, Utah to Albert and Zina Taylor Powell and passed from this existence on April 20, 2007. Jay grew up on a small farm in Marriott, Utah and his love and skill for gardening continued all his life.

He married Beverly Donoviel in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 3, 1949. They are the loving parents of three children: Don Powell, married to Becky; Sandra Fullmer married to Bill; and Lisa Logan married to Matt. The lives of Jay and Bev have also been blessed with fourteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Helen Williams.

Jay graduated in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado and did post-graduate work in business administration at the University of Utah. He served his country in the U.S. Navy serving two tours of duty aboard the USS Cunningham during the Korean conflict.

After the Navy, he was employed in the nuclear industry, working for Westinghouse in Pennsylvania, Idaho, Nevada and Washington at the Hanford Reservation. He served in many management positions including Westinghouse Resident Manager for the NERVA project in Nevada and Operations Manager of FFTF at Hanford.

Jay provided countless hours of service and leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including service as Bishop, High Councilor and as a worker at the Richland Family History Center and in the Seattle Washington Temple.

Dad's principal joy in life was being with his family. He thrived in the out-of-doors and taught his children and grandchildren to camp, fish, hunt, and water ski. He truly enjoyed and respected his family and selflessly dedicated his time and resources to them. Jay especially loved and cared for his wife, Bev, who in turn, faithfully, and so lovingly, cared for him in his years of declining health. He leaves a legacy of love, honor, and dedication that will be remembered by his family and those who love him.

Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, April 25, at 11:00 a.m at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1720 Thayer Dr., Richland, WA, with interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. A viewing will be held at Einans Funeral Home, Richland, WA between 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday April 24.

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  • We were fortunate to move into the house next door to Jay and Bev in 2000. Although we haven’t known them as long as most, they quickly made us feel at home and became precious people to us. The love they had for each other was apparent as they worked together manicuring their lovely pink roses and caring for their beautiful home. Our thoughts are with Bev and her family at this difficult time.

    Bill, Brenda & Kristina Bishop
    November 4, 2014
    US
  • Jay and Bev have touched each member of our family, teaching them in church classes, having them in their home, and even teaching some of them to water ski. Jay was one of the most patiently considerate men we have ever met, offering to set up, clean up, and wash dishes at church and Young Women’s events, even when he was bishop and had a heavy schedule of service and a full time job. When he shook your hand and spoke to you, you had his full attention and concern. We are grateful to him and his family.

    Dixie & Jerry Partridge
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Pat and I extend our sincerest sympathies in this time of sorrow. Your father is in good hands and I know his memory will be revered by all who knew him. God bless all of you. Daryl and Pat Jonson

    Daryl and Pat Jonson
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • The Powells or Mr. and Mrs. P as we fondly call them, have been our neighbors since we moved to Richland in 1980. We’ll always remember Jay and his wonderful tomatoes which he always shared. He always had a smile on his face and you never knew when he was going to get you with his wonderful sense of humor. We will always remember him with fondness. Our sympathies to Bev and family.

    John & Enid Reck
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Jay was my surrogate grandpa as I grew up in Richland. He was my best friend Jessie’s grandpa and he lived just a few blocks away from me. Jessie and I would stop by his and Bev’s house on the way to Garden Park Pool because they would let us eat the popsicles and fudgesicles out of their freezer. He was a great grandpa.

    Lisa Allsop Fryer
    November 4, 2014
    Provo, UT, US
  • Jay’s patience and his special skis with a few inches of string connecting the tips introduced me to waterskiing. I have great memories of seeing him serve at church and enjoy life with his grandkids and other youth. I remember being amazed that I could go to someone’s grandparents house and play atari football in the basement. That was one cool grandpa.

    Tyler Partridge
    November 4, 2014
    Atlanta, GA, US
  • Truly Bishop Powell was a great example to many. I remember as a youth always feeling that he loved and cared about others, that his calling wasn’t just an assignment, but that people were real to him, that he valued them and sought to learn from them, know matter how young or old they were.

    Karen Matthews

    Karen Partridge Matthews
    November 4, 2014
    Pleasant, Grove, UT, US
  • I don’t know why, but when I picture Jay the first thing that comes to mind is him in the kitchen at the Stake Center washing dishes. He was always behind the scenes serving and never complained. I have so many nice memories of being in his home and I always felt genuine love from both Jay and Bev. Lisa was a good friend of mine and I always loved being in her home and enjoying the friendship and humor of her parents. They loved to laugh and enjoy life. Jay was my bishop while I was a teenager and he was a great leader and example. My prayers go out to your family as you adjust to life without your father, grandfather, husband, etc. I know you will miss him dearly, but I know you will all be reunited again in a more perfect place. Jay truly filled the measure of his creation and touched so many of our lives!

    Kimberly Partridge Morris
    November 4, 2014
    Provo, UT, US
  • We were fortunate to move into the house next door to Jay and Bev in 2000. Although we haven’t known them as long as most, they quickly made us feel at home and became precious people to us. The love they had for each other was apparent as they worked together manicuring their lovely pink roses and caring for their beautiful home. Our thoughts are with Bev and her family at this difficult time.

    Bill, Brenda & Kristina Bishop
    November 4, 2014
    US
  • Jay and Bev have touched each member of our family, teaching them in church classes, having them in their home, and even teaching some of them to water ski. Jay was one of the most patiently considerate men we have ever met, offering to set up, clean up, and wash dishes at church and Young Women’s events, even when he was bishop and had a heavy schedule of service and a full time job. When he shook your hand and spoke to you, you had his full attention and concern. We are grateful to him and his family.

    Dixie & Jerry Partridge
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Pat and I extend our sincerest sympathies in this time of sorrow. Your father is in good hands and I know his memory will be revered by all who knew him. God bless all of you. Daryl and Pat Jonson

    Daryl and Pat Jonson
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • The Powells or Mr. and Mrs. P as we fondly call them, have been our neighbors since we moved to Richland in 1980. We’ll always remember Jay and his wonderful tomatoes which he always shared. He always had a smile on his face and you never knew when he was going to get you with his wonderful sense of humor. We will always remember him with fondness. Our sympathies to Bev and family.

    John & Enid Reck
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Jay was my surrogate grandpa as I grew up in Richland. He was my best friend Jessie’s grandpa and he lived just a few blocks away from me. Jessie and I would stop by his and Bev’s house on the way to Garden Park Pool because they would let us eat the popsicles and fudgesicles out of their freezer. He was a great grandpa.

    Lisa Allsop Fryer
    November 4, 2014
    Provo, UT, US
  • Jay’s patience and his special skis with a few inches of string connecting the tips introduced me to waterskiing. I have great memories of seeing him serve at church and enjoy life with his grandkids and other youth. I remember being amazed that I could go to someone’s grandparents house and play atari football in the basement. That was one cool grandpa.

    Tyler Partridge
    November 4, 2014
    Atlanta, GA, US
  • Truly Bishop Powell was a great example to many. I remember as a youth always feeling that he loved and cared about others, that his calling wasn’t just an assignment, but that people were real to him, that he valued them and sought to learn from them, know matter how young or old they were.

    Karen Matthews

    Karen Partridge Matthews
    November 4, 2014
    Pleasant, Grove, UT, US
  • I don’t know why, but when I picture Jay the first thing that comes to mind is him in the kitchen at the Stake Center washing dishes. He was always behind the scenes serving and never complained. I have so many nice memories of being in his home and I always felt genuine love from both Jay and Bev. Lisa was a good friend of mine and I always loved being in her home and enjoying the friendship and humor of her parents. They loved to laugh and enjoy life. Jay was my bishop while I was a teenager and he was a great leader and example. My prayers go out to your family as you adjust to life without your father, grandfather, husband, etc. I know you will miss him dearly, but I know you will all be reunited again in a more perfect place. Jay truly filled the measure of his creation and touched so many of our lives!

    Kimberly Partridge Morris
    November 4, 2014
    Provo, UT, US
  • Dear Bev, Don, Sandy and Lisa,

    My heart and prayers go out to you all. Kenny called me early Monday morning as I was on my way to work and it was hard to drive after hearing the sad news of Jay’s death. You guys go so far back with us and both Mom and Dad thought the world of Jay! Obviously, Daddy went anywhere Jay would have him. I wish I had been able to be there to give you all a hug in person, but please know you are all in my thoughts. I will be sure to check in on you the next time I am in Richland. Take care of yourselves. Memories……….oh, so many, getting into trouble when I mentioned we were leaving IF to Don in high school, stories……time spent at your house, your acceptance of EVERYONE!, your help with taking the car away from Mom when it had to be done, Jay’s mellow soothing advice, just so much history…being at our house when I got a new baby brother that has been a while!

    Love you all, God bless you and grant Jay eternal rest and peace.

    Sheryl

    Sheryl McKeown Clements
    November 4, 2014
    Lakewood, CO, US