Stephen Jay Flanders, a lifelong resident of Tooele, died Sunday, April 26, 2020. Jay was born September 26, 1938 in a little home on Tooele’s 6th Street, to Stephen Francis and Mary Gwendolyn Lewis Flanders. He loved his time growing up in “his” Tooele with his older sisters and younger brother. A proud graduate of the Tooele High class of 1956, he cherished many lifelong friendships with his classmates. After high school, Jay joined the Air Force and proudly served his country for four years. He married our beautiful Mom, Carol LaRee Jasperson on February 16, 1963. Together they enjoyed raising their two children, Stephen Martin (Marty) and Wendy. Many Friday night sing-a-longs with Dad and his guitar and fun fishing, hunting and scouting trips were had over the years. Jay continued his civil service working at Dugway Proving Ground in the instrumentation division until his retirement in 1993. Jay also served as the President of the National Association of Government Employees at Dugway and enjoyed representing his coworkers. The annual “Union” picnic was always a great event. After retirement, Jay and Carol enjoyed several fishing trips as well as vacations to visit family and grandchildren across the country. Dad also became active in the local chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, and was instrumental in many historical projects around Tooele County, including researching the information on the pioneer statues at the Tooele Public library. In his later years, Dad enjoyed playing with his friends in their “band” for the folks in area care facilities. He loved making people smile with his music. Dad was so proud of his heritage and was an avid genealogist. His father was an immigrant from England, and Jay was so happy to help his Dad reconnect with his family in Liverpool. He and Carol travelled to meet many of his cousins in England, and several were able to make the trip to come to Utah. Jay was at his happiest when he was with his family. Jay was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He held many positions over the years and loved his 14th ward family. After his beloved Carol died in 2018, Dad moved to the Beehive Home in Tooele. He tried his hardest to be happy despite his dementia but longed to be with Mom. Many nights were spent wandering the halls and trying to escape to look for her. We truly think he died of a broken heart and are so happy he has finally found his love. Jay was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Marion, Betty, Margaret, Shirley and Jim. He is survived by his children, Marty (Cheryl) and Wendy, grandchildren; Stephen Flanders, Camille Coons, Naomi Leighton, Patrick McAtee and Parker McAtee; and five great grandchildren, as well as a large extended family who all loved him dearly. Special thanks to the many people who cared for our Dad, including the staff and residents of the Beehive Home of Tooele, Dr. Sergio Abarca and Tori, and everyone who took the time to visit and take him on rides. He loved all of you. A viewing will be held Friday, May 1, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Tate Mortuary, followed by a graveside service at Tooele City Cemetery.\n\nTo send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Stephen Jay Flanders please visit our Sympathy Store.