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Jay Thomas McDonald

November 17, 2017

   Jay Thomas McDonald, 58, the son of Ann McDonald and the late Bill McDonald of Quincy, died Friday (November 17, 2017) in the Citrus Valley Hospital in West Covina, California.

   Jay was born March 25, 1959 in Macomb, Illinois. He married Barbara Troudt on October 21, 2000 in Portland, Oregon. She survives.

  Jay was a 1977 graduate of Quincy High School where he played baseball and was a four year letterman in football.  He was the leading pass receiver in the Western Big Six Conference for 2 years and in 1977 he caught 38 passes for 498 yards and two touchdowns, for a 13.1 yards per catch average. He also rushed for 93 yards and passed for 17 yards in addition to playing at linebacker. Jay earned football awards as All Conference, All Area and Special Mention All-State in 1977.

   Jay earned a scholarship to play football at Western Illinois  University in Macomb and played one year, deciding to then focus on his education. Jay graduated from WIU in 1981 with a Business Degree.

   An avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, Jay would host an opening day party every year to start the season.

   Jay was employed in retail working throughout the country in various positions. He was currently employed as a supervisor for several Circle K Inc. stores in California.

   Survivors include his mother, Ann McDonald of Quincy; his wife, Barbara McDonald of West Covina, CA; a son, Ryan McDonald (Cari) of Pittsburgh, PA; a daughter, Amanda McDonald of Portland, OR; a sister, Nanette Smith (Jeff) of Quincy; three nieces, Laura Keane (Pete) of Quincy, Lindsay Tangy (Brad) of Quincy and Meredith Kessler ( Sgt. Cody) stationed with the U. S. Army in Fairbanks, AK; four great nieces and great nephews, Madelyn Keane, Andrew Keane, Brady Tangy and River Tangy; two uncles, Chuck Jefferson (Cathy) of Williamsburg, VA and Ed McDonald (Nancy) of North Ft. Myers, FL; three aunts, Pam Ruzicka (George) of Charlotte, N.C., Sandy Wascher of Evanston, IL and JoAnn Meeks (Harold) of Port Charlotte, FL; and a special aunt, Nancy Gower of Quincy.

   Jay was preceded in death by his father, William "Bill" McDonald; paternal grandparents, Joe and Catherine McDonald; maternal grandparents, Herman Jefferson and Grace Jefferson Balzer; two uncles, Bill Jefferson and Jack Jefferson; and an aunt, Joyce Jefferson Harmon.

   Cremation has been accorded to Jay.  Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation on Wednesday evening (December 13, 2017) from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home.

   Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital.
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