Jay Eugene Allen passed away Dec. 7, 2018. He was 59.
Jay was born Oct. 22, 1959, in Cody to Jack Eugene and Margaret (Peggy) Allen. He was born with cerebral palsy. He was determined throughout his exceptional life to be the very best at everything he did. He spent all his adult life in the oil fields gaining the respect and admiration of all those with whom he worked.
In the 1980s he connected with Jack Knox, a superior dog trainer from Scotland, which led him to an additional career raising, training, judging and competing in border collie stock dog events, once again leaving a mark of excellence, friendships and respect throughout the stock dog community. Jay loved to snowmobile, dirt bike ride, 4-wheel, hunt and fish. He developed a small business in computers, and a program for the gas plants he had built. He had a wicked sense of humor and a no-quit attitude.
To his credit he never thought of himself as disabled and would challenge anyone who thought he was. He was loyal to family and friends alike.
Jay was preceded in death by his beloved parents Jack and Peggy; and his much loved grandmother Elna House. It would take a full page of this newspaper to list all his friends and accomplishments. He was a remarkable person who led a remarkable life.
Jay is survived by his brother Bill and wife Helen, sister Nora (Allen) Lyon and her husband Gary, and Melissa (Allen) Schofield; plus nieces, nephew and uncles. He has left a huge hole in the lives of many.
Jay left a final message: “It is said for each there is a time, I do not fear death nor do I embrace the thought that my time will come someday, but when it does, I will have left this earthly body knowing that I always tried to do what was right, and put forth my greatest effort in most every challenge and accomplishment.”
Beloved Jay your work is done, “…sit back, drop the reins; the Lord knows the way, it’s been a long hard ride.”
Memorial services will be at Ballard Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at 2 p.m. An online guestbook is available at www.BallardFH.com.