Jay Chandler, age 82, passed peacefully at his home in Steptoe on Jan. 6, 2019. He was the second son of three to Richard P. Chandler and Phyllis Harding Chandler. He was born in Asotin, Wash., on July 30, 1936. Jay was thrust into active outdoor life until he graduated from Colville High School in 1955. Soon after, he joined the United States Navy and served on the USS Polk Country and took part in the Korean War stabilization. After he got out of the Navy, he was quickly introduced to Janet Rae Hedrick by his father, “Dick,” and was later married Nov. 24, 1960, in Colville.
They briefly made their home in Spokane, where they had two sons, Brad and Brian. Jay started an active “handyman” business. In 1967, the family moved to the Steptoe/Colfax area, where Jay worked at Jones Truck & Implement and Arrow Machinery. His true calling came as a warehouseman for Washington State University. He would travel around the state collecting and selling state and federal surplus property. He stated, “This was the best job in the world for me.” He considered himself “a glorified junk dealer.” The couple retired in 1991 and started snowboarding, eventually ending up in Brouse, Ariz., seasonally.
Jay enjoyed shooting sports; he was a member of many gun clubs, War Eagles and Round Belly. While as a member of the Elks, he paired up with Colfax Jaycees and coached the youth BB gun competition team. He was a founder of the Palouse Hills muzzleloading club, and he taught gun safety for more than 12 years. Jay was a member of the Grange for 57 years.
Jay will be remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather, who enjoyed telling his life stories and some jokes. He loved going to yard sales, wheeling and dealing. He was also an expert at re-purposing materials, a man of many talents. Above all, he was a man of principles who enjoyed meeting new people, talking to everyone and making friends.
He is survived by his wife, Janet, his son Brad (Shelia) Chandler; grandchildren Amanda (Kyle) Hair, Jennette (Bill) Weeks, Jaylene Pief, Meghan Chandler; step-grandchildren Thomas II (Kendal) Curtis, Toasha (Tucker) Lierman, Sherye (Dennis) Bates, Michelle Stedman, Amy (Cory) Mclean, Valicity (Christian) Becker, and 16 great-grandchildren, along with many friends who considered him as their Papa, too.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Max and David and his son Brian.
A potluck memorial reception to celebrate Jay’s life will be held at noon Jan. 19, 2019, at the Steptoe Grange Hall. Final rest will be at the Steptoe cemetery. Online condolences can be made www.bruningfuneralhome.com.
Bruning Funeral Home of Colfax is caring for the family.