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Jason Phillip Markley

08/19/1977 - 04/14/2017
Service Date: 04/24/2017
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona

Jason (Jay) Phillip Markley died unexpectedly on April 14th, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona at the age of 39.

Jay is survived by his parents, P Jay and Ellen Markley of Canton, Michigan; wife, Kendra Markley (Klein); children, Kaiya and Landyn; sister Katie Dalen (William); mother-in-law, Barbara Klein; father-in-law, Kenneth Klein; sister-in-law, Nicole Peirce; brother-in-law, Errol Turner; three nieces and a nephew; and a host of loving friends. He is preceded in death by grandparents, Francis and Eileen Markley and Robert and Rosemary Johnston of Cambridge, Ohio.

Jay was born on August 19th, 1977 in Royal Oak, Michigan to P Jay and Ellen. After moving to Arizona, he met and married Kendra, his sweetheart, in 2012 and had two beautiful children. His children, who loved him deeply, will remember him as a kind, gentle and fun loving father who encouraged them to pursue happiness. He began his career with Wild Horse Pass in 2007 as a Bartender and advanced through many position and transferred to Lone Butte and his final title as General Manager of Food and Beverages.

Jay was a one of a kind, incredible, well loved, compassionate, fun-loving and adventurous son, husband, father, brother and friend. He was an extremely talented master chef, handyman, football fan, animal lover and super-hero to his children.

A gathering for family and friends will be held at 10:00 AM with a celebration of life service scheduled for 11:00 AM on April 24th at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona. Reverend John Cunningham will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jay’s life. Memorial donations may be made to The Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA at http://aawl.org. The family would like to thank the staff of The Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Chandler Regional Medical Center for their care and dedication.


  • May God be with all of you in this time of sorrow.

  • Lyndsey Buddington

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • LaRon Bainbridge

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Jodie Pridemore

    My deepest condolences for the untimely death of my co worker. I pray to the lord to give the family all the support and strength they need. God Bless you all during this difficult time of sorrow.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Johanna Phillips

    So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for him and the whole family.

  • We were very sorry to hear about Jason. Our thoughts are with you all.

  • Debbie Buckner

    Jay, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Andrei and Sandy Szornyi

    Many happy memories of Christmas Eve and all the kids together. There are no words to express our sorrow at your loss. I hope you will be comforted by the love of your friends and family.

  • Very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  • Gayle and Dan DiVita

    No parent should have to experience the death of their child. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  • So very sorry for your loss! Praying that all of you will find comfort in your memories of his life! Hugs!!!

  • Keturah Clemons

    Will be praying for the family.

  • So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you all.

  • Kristi Marcos MacDonald

    I’m so sorry to hear this … I have lots of good memories of Jason from high school. Prayers to his family!

  • Jay and Ellen and family, I’m truly sorry to hear of your family’s loss! I did receive your email but have been off on vacation but I did pass this information on to others. Please know I am thinking and praying for your entire family! I can’t imagine the loss you are feeling no one should have to bury their child. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help! Sending prayers to you all!

  • Jay, Ellen and family, so sorry to hear about Jason. I can’t imagine what you are going through. Thoughts and Prayers to all of you as well as safe travels

  • I can’t express how sorry I am for your loss. I have so many great memories of Jason.. this truly breaks my heart. Thinking and praying for you all. May his memory be eternal.

  • Asia Charleston

    Extending my Condolences to you & Family. May The Good Lord wrap your family in his arms & guide all of you with Love & Strength. Jay was a Great Man and I will Never forget his kind, loving, caring, friendly personality. He will be missed by many, but surely will never be forgotten. God Bless

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