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05/12/1970 — 01/05/2024
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Celebration of Life
Following a heroic battle with cancer, Husband, Father, Brother, Son and Friend, Jay Richard Clark, (Jaybird), 53 of Richland, Washington passed from this life in Richland on Friday, January 5th, 2024, into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Jay was born May 12th, 1970, to Pam and Larry Clark in Yakima, Washington. After graduating from his childhood playground, Davis High School in 1988, Jay went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at WSU extension Tri-Cities, Washington.
While in high school, Jay found his lifelong passion for weightlifting and body building and was an accomplished power lifter and body builder winning multiple awards including Mr. Tri-Cities in 1995.
It was his passion for body building that led Jay to meet the love of his life, Jenni Anderson, who was working the front desk at Gold’s Gym. This was the beginning of a beautiful 30-year relationship, 25 years of marriage full of many wonderful adventures and poignant moments but none so poignant as the birth of their three children Jordyn Ann (22), Jayda Grace (20) and Jaxon Otto Larry (17).
Jay was truly a beautiful gift from God and freely shared his Heavenly gifts with focused passion and gentle love as a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym, a care provider at Avalon Health & Rehabilitation Center, with the youth at Tri-Cities juvenile detention center, while coaching his daughters’ Jordy and Jayda’s AAU teams, most recently passing down all of his weightlifting knowledge to his son, Jaxon as they had many great workouts together and for the last 22 years as a pharmaceutical representative with Merck & Co., Inc. where Jay’s passion for public health and educational awareness earned him a trusted position in the Tri-Cities medical community. With Merck, Jay formed many genuine friendships that all began with his ability to make it a point to always know your name. In Jay’s 22 years with Merck, he was distinguished in his work by earning the Vice President’s Award seven times and adopted a quote from his boss and friend, Aisha Pegram, “Favor Isn’t Fair Jay Clark.”
Jay and Jenni fell in love with and developed a passion for Maui, Hawaii on their 10th wedding anniversary. Maui became a home away from home as they returned thirteen more times in the last 15 years, most recently this past September/October as Jay and Jenni celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. This love of Maui sparked Jay’s vast collection of Tommy Bahama Hawaiian shirts.
Jay was an avid bar-b-quer and could be found at his smoker on weekends where he created his famous “Clark Burger” and “Cocktail Friday.”
Jay is survived by his best friend and wife of 25 years, Jenni Clark, his three children Jordyn Ann Clark, Jayda Grace Clark and Jaxon Otto Larry Clark, his mother Pam Clark, his brother Jeff (wife Leah).
Jay joined his Lord and Heavenly Father for a Heavenly family reunion with his father Larry Clark, his maternal grandfather and grandmother Otto and Dorothy Miller, his paternal grandmother Edith Vangun and Mother-in-law, Ginger Anderson.
Our family wishes to extend sincere gratitude to everyone who has shown so much love and care during this time. We truly appreciate all your prayers and support and are so thankful for you.
A GoFundMe account has been established and organized by close family friend Emily Jaraysi entitled: Paying Tribute To Jay
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Sunday, January 21st @ 2PM at Hillspring Church, 1151 Gage Blvd. in Richland, WA with a reception immediately following.
Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
I had the pleasure of meeting Jay and speaking with him about Merck vaccines over the past 5 years. He was very knowledgeable, friendly, and so kind. I will definitely miss him popping into the clinic for a quick update or a phone call just to check and make sure our clinic was doing well. Just to show the man he was, I was having a rough day and it just happened to be a day he came into the clinic and he talked to me not only about Merck but let me talk about what was bothering me and didn’t leave till I had a smile on my face and was feeling better. He shared about his wife, children, and his love for vacations to Hawaii. He will definitely be missed. Prayers to his beautiful family.
Jay was my favorite drug rep and was always full of stories from the Gold’s Gym days when my Mom was bodybuilding and training along side him. His caring nature for everyone around him will truly be missed. Rest in peace, Jaybird. Sending big hugs to his family.
We’re blessed to have the Clark family residing next door to us in Country Ridge. We’ll miss Jay’s warm chats & friendly smiles! Jay exuded a strong spiritual faith & deep devotion to his beloved Jenni, Jordyn, Jayda, Jaxson & family. Our hearts grieve with you during this difficult time of loss.
This was a shock to me as Jay is gone way too soon! Our prayers are for the family that they be surrounded by our father’s love and grace in this time of loss. Jay was a kind man that helped me in the vaccine business. In my time spent with him it was obvious that his dedication was to Jesus and family. They both meant the world to him! He will be missed by many but our sadness is tempered knowing he is in heaven with our savior.
Jenni, my deepest condolences for you and your family’s loss. Wishing you peace during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bob and Jamie Carter
I am just devastated over the passing of Jay, he was so very nice and kind, caring, passionate about his job, my heart goes out to his family 💓🙏
Mike and I are so sorry for your tremendous loss. Our relationship with Jay all started when we met him at the Yakima Athletic Club. We knew him when he was a powerlifter. He was always there with Jason Bakos. We reconnected with him here in the Tri-Cities. I ,as a RN ,took care of his grandmother Dorothy when she lived at Tri-City Retirement Inn. Same him when he would come and visit with her. Also saw him at the Richland Golds Gym , working out with Jaxon. He was a truly great guy. He was the one who taught me how to deadlift properly. He will be surly missed.
To the Jay’s entire family, so very sorry for the loss that each one of you are feeling – each in your time and manner. Your walk may be different but the strong faith that Jay nurtured give you strength and will continue to guide you. Sending you love, prayers and comforting hugs. “Auntie” Cheryl
We will always remember Jay for his competitive spirit in AAU basketball. He was a wonderful man, husband, and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
There are no words to express the sadness of the loss of Jay. Prayers for peace and healing for Jenni, Jordyn, Jayda and Jaxon.
We are saddened to hear of the sudden loss of Jay. He and Jenni were always such a sweet couple and fun to be around. Our hearts go out and grieve with you. May Jenni, and the family feel the comfort and grace of the Lord God himself, during this time of loss and many changes. We are very sorry.
My Deepest Sympathy for your loss many prayers, Hugs🙏🏾🤍
Jen misses you so much already, Jay.
What a beautiful tribute to Jay! His kindness, wisdom and positive energy have touched so many and we feel so fortunate to have known him.
Our deepest condolences to Jenni, Jordyn, Jayda, Jaxson, Pam and the rest of the family. We are sending our love and prayers.
Jamin, Keri, Rylie, Regan & Reese Clark
Pam and Jenni,
We are so sorry for your loss of Jay. Our condolences and prayers go out to you all.
Penny (Reynolds) Thompson and Tommy (Hughes) Thompson
Pam, so terribly sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest and sincerest condolences go out to the family.
Much hugs and prayers for comfort,
Scott and Verina (Karen Bridges)) Powell