John “Jay” Clyde Denton, 73, of John Day, Oregon passed away on November 29th at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon. No funeral services are planned at this time.
Jay was born April 22, 1945, in Prairie City, Oregon to Ralph and Florence (Erickson) Denton. He was raised on the 96 Ranch in Bear Valley, with his mom Florence, Bob Lemcke (his second dad) along with his sister Susan Lemcke Pielstick and his brother Jim Lemcke. Jay graduated from Grant Union High School and went on to attend Eastern Oregon University and Colorado State where he received his degree in Agronomy. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service in La Grande, Oregon before moving to Biloxi, Mississippi to do carpentry work.
Jay married Nellie Rockwell in La Grande, raising two boys, Erik and Paul. He was very talented at leather tooling and through his mail-order business he would ship his handmade wallets all over the world. He also enjoyed flint napping and making arrowheads.
He is survived by his longtime partner Johnny Lane of John Day, sister Susan Lemcke Pielstick (Leon), brother Jim Lemcke (Heidi), two sons, Erik Denton (Kathy) and Paul Denton.
He was preceded in death by his younger brother Robbie Denton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice, through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd, John Day, Oregon 97845.