Jay Clarence Starley passed away on Sept. 12th, 2021 at the age of 71 after being diagnosed in August 2020 with ALS. His battle is over and heaven gets another angel with wings!!! Maybe pigeon wings, but wings none the less!!\n\nJay was born in Fillmore, UT to Ward and Helen Starley on April 8th, 1950. He was the youngest of four. He was raised on a farm in Flowell, UT where he learned his hard work ethic. He had a love of sports, the outdoors (hunting and fishing), fast cars, birds, and loud music! His heart was stolen at the age of 22 when he married the love of his life Tamara Mundy in the Manti temple. They recently celebrated their 49th year anniversary together by going through the Manti Temple again on September 2nd, 2021. They were blessed with three beautiful children Jacie, Nate, and Nick. Jay’s children and grandchildren meant the world to him. He became grandfather to 6 amazing grandkids! He is survived by his wife Tamara Starley, daughter Jacie (Jeff), Caden and Sade Zupan, son Nate (Jes), and Ruby Starley, and son Nick (Mindy), Cael, Savanna, and Stella Starley.\n\nJay graduated from Millard High School where he wrestled, played tennis, basketball and football. He was nicknamed “Fleetfoot Starley and Swivel Hips” or in his words “BMOC” Big Man on Campus. He earned a spot on the High School All-State Football team as an Honorable mention. He loved to reminisce on his “glory days”. He had a love of music that is hard to match. At the age of 12 he became the ward organist. His passion for music grew over the years. He joined a band Krystal Ship where he thought he was the star of the show jamming out on the keyboard like he was playing for the Doors. I’m not sure anyone has ever been to the Starley house without hearing Jay blare his favorite music out loud.\n\nGrowing up on a farm, Jay was surrounded by animals. For some reason he was drawn to the birds. He had pet magpies, crows and hawks. It was later that he got into the pigeon world. Starting as just a hobby, buying a few tumbler birds for the kids as pets, pigeons became his PASSION. He got hooked into the Birmingham Roller world with the help of his good friends John Destouet and Tom Monson. Not a day went by without Jay doing something with his birds. Even after having his lungs destroyed from “Pigeon Lung” a disease caused by being around the birds too much, he continued to raise his pigeons and compete in local, state, national and world flys. He established himself as one of the hobby’s true champions. Over the years he laid claim to numerous awards covering a whole wall with plaques. He became world famous for his birds and earned the NBRC Master Flyer Award. ...an admirable feat to say the least!!!! This prestigious award is held by only a select few and is earned after decades of accomplishments.\n\nAfter high school Jay went onto college. He graduated with a degree in computer science, but chose a different route. He started working in the drywall industry with his brothers, Lee and Phil during college and never turned back. Working for years with Perry Olsen Drywall he created friendships that would last a lifetime. Later, he branched off and formed an alliance with CSI to finish out his lifelong career in the drywall industry. He worked tirelessly and was hardly ever found without a phone attached to his ear. He taught his kids by example, the meaning of hard work and the importance of building relationships Everyone who had the chance to know Jay fell in love with him. Kind, fun, personable, giving, loving,...etc are just a few words that come to mind when describing him.\n\nJay served in many callings for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Public speaking was not one of his strong points, but serving and socially connecting with the youth was. A favorite calling of his was being able to serve with Tom Monson in the youth single adult ward up at the University of Utah. His faith and devotion to the Lord were unwavering.\n\nAfter years of hard work, Jay had just reached the point in his life where his dreams were coming true. Retired, with a new house, the love of his life by his side, loud stereo, fast car, his birds, and time. He was ready to fly his birds and hit the lakes fishing with his buddies. Life was looking pretty darn good!! Then in August 2020 his life was turned upside down after being diagnosed with ALS. Changes occurred somewhat quickly as the lethal disease progressed. Starting out with just weakness in his left upper extremity, it moved onto weakness in both arms, his legs, and then finally his speech. This is when things really got tough. Jay loved to talk as most of you know. He always had a great story to tell. His story, unfortunately, was cut short as he peacefully passed away in the morning on September 12th 2021.\n\nJay will be remembered for his huge heart, unsurpassed generosity, and love of all those he had a chance to meet.\n\nServices will be held on September 17th, 2021 at the Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Center, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, UT 84095. Public viewing from 9:00-10:45 a.m. followed by funeral services at 11:00 a.m. An additional viewing for family and those unable to attend Friday will be held on Thursday, September 16th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the same location.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the www.als.org Rocky Mountain Chapter or a charity of your choice. The fight is on as we pray for a cure to beat this debilitating disease.