Veterinarian Jay Clayton Hansen, 89, died Oct. 26 in Richmond, Utah. A native of Utah, Dr. Hansen had resided in his home state for the past dozen or so years after retiring from his equine practice.
Dr. Hansen practiced veterinary medicine at California racetracks, both harness and Thoroughbred. Among his clients was top Thoroughbred trainer Buster Millerick. Early in his career he was a veterinarian at Walnut Hall Stud in Lexington, when the great Rodney was standing there, and later at Walnut Hall Farm and Fair Chance Farm in Ohio.
He served in a vast number of callings in the Latter Day Saints Church, including Circleville Branch President in Ohio, counselor to the president of the Louisville District in Kentucky, Bishop of the Springfield, Illinois Ward, stake mission president and high councilor in the Cedar City Stake, and patriarch of the three SUU student stakes. He loved home teaching and loved to sing in Mom's choirs. A proud American, he served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific.
Dr. Hansen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Clarence Jay Hansen, a horseman, and Luella Nadine Clayton. Dr. Hansen married Ardelle Hamilton of Sugar City, Idaho, in the Salt Lake City Temple on March 20, 1946. He is survived by three children, Jay Peter, J'lene Mendenhall and Kathleen Killpack; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; his sister, Helen Sauer, and five nieces. Daughter Cheryl Melchior passed away in August 2007.
A viewing will be held at the Old Rock Church in Cedar City, Utah from 11 a.m 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1. The funeral will be held at the same location at 1 p.m. under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.