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Jay Norman Lund

08/31/1926 - 04/19/2015
Service Date: 04/27/2015
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elmwood Ward Chapel, 925 N. Harris Drive, Mesa, Arizona

Jay Norman Lund, Great Depression survivor, World War II Naval Veteran, Mormon Missionary and Bishop, Civil Service Investigator, Cold War Defense Preparedness pioneer who contributed to planning and organizing for the aftermath of an anticipated nuclear holocaust, civil rights monitor, craftsman, serial entrepreneur, church leader, student/scholar, community organizer, and journalist, died in Mesa, Arizona on April 19, 2015 at age 88.

He was born August 31, 1926 in Salt Lake City to Gustave Joseph Lund Jr. and Bertha Alleen Hoopes. Jay is survived by his brother Jack Lund and sister Marilyn Lund Stowe. His brother Spencer preceded him in death.

Jay served in the Navy at the close of WWII as a Signalman 3rd Class on minesweeper USS Oracle on its mission to clear mines from the Taiwan Strait. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at BYU and a Masters of Public Administration at USC, and worked as a Federal Investigator for 20 years, finishing his career working with the Defense Preparedness Agency (FEMA predecessor). He served in Noxubee County Mississippi in 1966 as a Federal Poll Observer in support of the Civil Rights movement. He lived and died with a deep and practiced faith in God.

His greatest joy came from wife and family. Mr. Lund married Toy Ellen Openshaw in 1951. They resided in Santa Rosa, CA for 28 years then moved to Roby, Missouri for 30 years where he used his government experience to provide grants and leadership supporting 3 volunteer fire departments, a community center, and a city park. Mesa, Arizona became their home in 2009. Jay and Toy raised 8 children: Mark W. (Barbara) Lund, Steven J. (Kalleen) Lund, Douglas N. Lund, Julie (Greg) Houston, Linda (Gary) Moore, Troy O. (Kris) Lund, Karen (Jeff) Duren, Eric B. (Rachel)  Lund, and have 30 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints April 27, 2015 at 925 North Harris Drive, Mesa, AZ. Visitation at 9:30 a.m. and services at 11:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest with his parents and parents-in-law at Hickory Ridge Cemetery, Bucyrus, Missouri on May 9, 2015.


  • Claudia V. Jenkins, Provo, Utah

    My deepest sympathy to the family at this time of sorrow. I pray for your comfort in the days ahead.

  • Dwayne E. Austin

    I am sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Isn’t it a wonderful thing to have a greater understanding on the eternal nature of man? May God bless you.

  • Andrew and Dulcie Hutchison

    Toy, Much love and sympathy to you at this difficult time. Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. We have so appreciated you and your dear husband as friends here in Roby,

  • Williams Family

    Condolences to the Lund family. May Jehovah the “God of Comfort” bring you comfort and peace at this difficult time (2 Corinthians 1:3 & 4). Your family are in our prayers.

  • Jay is a loyal and humble disciple of Christ. I knew Jay when I was in high school, the only Mormon boy out of 330 graduating class, in Tyler, Texas, and Jay was a missionary. Jay and his companion, Elder Clavel Haslam, spent lots of time with me and I greatly benefited from it. In 1949, I had just finished one year of college and jay was just released from his mission. Jay and I hitch-hiked from Tyler to Laramie, WY where it started to snow and sleet on us. A freight train was pulling out headed west. Ot was the 1st day of July, 1949. We jumped on it and rode it to Rock Springs. We were two cold and dirty hoboes when we walked into the bus station in Rock Springs and caught a bus to Ogden, where we met Jay’s parents. We went with them to San Francisco, where I stayed with them for a few weeks. Jay was a great friend to me. I shall treasure my memories with him and shall look forward to seeing him again soon.
    Joe H. Ferguson

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