Jay R. Minthorn

Born: Wed., Apr. 22, 1936
Died: Mon., Nov. 22, 2010

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Jay R. Minthorn, a resident of Pendleton, died Monday, November 22, 2010 in the Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Washington. He was 74 years old. A dressing ceremony will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, November 26, in the Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton, Oregon. A Washat will follow at 7:00 P.M. in the Agency Longhouse in Mission. Burial will be at 8:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 27, 2010 and will be in the Tutuilla Cemetery, Pendleton. You may send condolences or sign the online register book at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Minthorn was born April 22, 1936 in Pendleton, Oregon. He was the son of Aaron and Elsie McKay Minthorn. He was raised and educated in Pendleton and attended Pendleton High School where he played baseball. After his schooling he worked as a fisherman and fished at Celilo Falls. He also was a smoke jumper and at logging in the Warm Springs area. He married Geraldine "Jeri" Wright in 1969 in Gresham, Oregon. He later became active in tribal politics, which he had remained active in for many years. Had been a member of the Board of Trusties of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and had also been a member of the Intertribal fish Commission. He had traveled extensively throughout the country representing the CTUIR. He greatly enjoyed singing and dancing at Pow Wows as well as working with horses, hunting, fishing and appreciating the outdoors. In his youth he had also enjoyed wild horse racing. He is survived by: his children: June Wahl, Jacky Minthorn, Jaynette Johnson, Michael Johnson, Shawna Gavin and William Minthorn, all of Pendleton, OR, Arthur Minthorn of Hermiston, OR, and Norma Guardipee of Portland, OR, one brother Malcom Minthorn of Hermiston, OR, as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jeri, and three children: Jay Minthorn Jr., Marcia Mitchell, and Jayson Minthorn. Two brothers and four sisters also preceded him in death.

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Kahseuss Jackson
   Posted Tue November 23, 2010
So sorry to hear of Jay's passing. He was a great friend of mine and always, always made me laugh. I met him when I worked at CRITFC in the early 2000's, but continued to see him throughout the Northwest at various functions. He will be missed!

Brandon Case
   Posted Wed November 24, 2010
I would like to share prayers and condolences to those family members & friends who was there when he needed them. On a brighter note Jay is no longer suffering and is reunited with the true love of his life, Jeri. RIP Jay R. Minthorn.

Jean Edwards
   Posted Wed November 24, 2010
My condolences to Jay's family. He was a mentor to me and a friend. He was a strong voice for restoring the salmon. I will will always remember him and the twinkle in his eyes.

Bree Turner
   Posted Wed November 24, 2010
I am thankful that I got to know you and be part of your family over the years. I know you will be so very missed but am glad you get to go home and see all of the people who have gone before you and you will be watching over your loved ones and guiding them. I wish you peace as you go.

   Posted Thu November 25, 2010
Rest in Peace Jay, my condolences to the family for he will be missed greatly! I grew up knowing him from the time he and Jeri lived in Boring, Oregon days...to fishing with him and his brothers at Cascadelocks...and ladder our lives have always been associated as family & fisheries. He often shared with me to always protect the resources for our future generations and I will always carry this with me. I already miss seeing him sitting at the table at CRTIFC Commission meetings and how poeple respected and listened to what he shared. Everytime our paths crossed in life we often laughed and made the best of time we could in good spirits:-

Winona Stwyer
   Posted Fri November 26, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Malcom and the children of Jay. He was a good man who knew alot. He will be missed. Sorry, we can't make the funeral, but we are thinking of the family left behind. He is no longer suffering and with the loved ones passed on before him.

Robert, Elizabeth & Jaqi McRoberts
   Posted Fri November 26, 2010
We woukd like to offer our condolences for your loss. And to let you know that if there is anything that we can do to help please let us know. May the blessings of god find you in this time of sorrow.

Deb Croswell
   Posted Fri November 26, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jay served our community well and taught many young tribal staff a lot of valuable lessons. I will miss his smiling face and happy greetings - he was one of the most positive and upbeat people I have ever known.

Janyce Quaempts and Family
   Posted Sat November 27, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time. I truly admire Jay. His leadership and friendship will be missed.

Bill and Carla Timentwa
   Posted Sat November 27, 2010
Very Sorry to hear of the passing of a truly great and humble leader. He was a strong advocate for recovery of the salmon fisheries and always stood his ground when representing his people and his beliefs before many federal and state agencies. We will miss his great knowledge of history and his sense of humor.

Lisa Breckenridge
   Posted Sat November 27, 2010
I am so sorry to hear this news. I want to send my prayers to the family and community. Jay's support for fishing and for the Tribes' treaty rights was unwavering, and he made all CTUIR staff welcome in that cause.

Bruce Campbell
   Posted Sat November 27, 2010
I have known Jay and shared friendship since our days at Pendleton High. I just learned of Jay's passing this morning, too late to attend the services. My thoughts are with the family members. Jay was very proud of all his children and grandchilderen. I will miss Jay and joshing with him about the daily events.

Tina Redheart
   Posted Sun November 28, 2010
To the family of Jay Minthorn, our condolences. My father, the late Kenny Allen was friends with him. I was told by mother, they worked together, in the passed. She is sending prayers to the family and friends, that was close to Jay Minthorn. God Bless You. Magdalene J. Allen and Family

Karen Kilkenny and Kem Klosterman
   Posted Sun November 28, 2010
Hello! A note a condolence coming from Seaside, OR. I grew up with Jay and remember him well. He had joy in his heart and great humor. So sorry he is gone. My husband, Kem, and friend, Jon Blissett, came many times to the R-U and joined with Jay and had a lot of "good" times with him. God Bless you All in the this time sadness. Sincerely, Karen & Kem

Kris Sampson,
   Posted Mon November 29, 2010
My Condolences to family, am sincerely sorry I was not able to make it to services. Prayers are with you for strength....he will be dearly missed representing CTUIR at CRITFC.

Clancy Worthington
   Posted Mon November 29, 2010
Sorry to hear of Jay's passing my condolences to his family.

russell ellenwood
   Posted Tue December 07, 2010
from the Ellenwoods in spokane we miss you and love you uncle jay. Melvin ellenwood, russell ellenwood ,jason ellenwood and clifford ellenwood

Norma Minthorn
   Posted Fri January 07, 2011
My name is Norma Minthorn, oldest daughter of Jay Minthorn and Lillian Johnson of Thornhollow. Many people do not know of our "Portland Family". My sister Marcia, brothers Jay, Jr. and Arthur grew up here. My sons are Jayson, David, John & Joseph Minthorn. My nieces are Rayline Minthorn and Rachel Mitchell. Nephew Randy Mitchell. My brother Jay Minthorn, Jr. has a daughter Melissa Minthorn in Alaska. There are eight great grandchildren growing up in Portland. Alot of people didn't know who we are, but I would like to thank everyone who did acknowledge us. The respect and condolences are appreciated. The stories shared about our dad, grandfather, great-grandfather will be cherished in our hearts. My sisters June, Jacky & Jaynetter were blessed to have been raised by our Dad and their mother Geraldine Poitras Minthorn. Thank you

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