Harold Lee Jay

Harold Lee Jay, 77, of La Marque, TX passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 25, 2017.
He was born May 24, 1940 to Jaunice and Tilman Jay in Wynnewood, OK.

He grew up in La Marque, TX and played football for the La Marque Tigers. After graduation he attended Texas A&M and then Southwest Texas State, in San Marcus, TX. He met and married Ronda Smith of Dallas, TX. They moved back to La Marque where he coached football under Orville Etheredge.

Harold and Ronda had three children, Monty, Stacy and Christy. After coaching football and teaching math Harold went to work for NASA and then onto Central Data Processing in Texas City.

Harold is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ronda, son Monty and his wife Jana of Round Rock, TX, daughter Stacy and her husband Ric of Kemah, TX and daughter Christy of La Marque. Harold had two grandchildren Nicolette (Niki) and Josh Elvir.

A visitation for family and friends will be on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10:00am at the Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, TX. A Memorial Service will follow at 11:00am with Dr. David Smith and Jerry Esmond officiating.

Family would like to suggest in lieu of flowers to make contributions to First Baptist Church of La Marque P.O. Box 456 La Marque, Texas 77568.


  1. I am so very sorry for your family’s loss. Our families were very close throughout our growing up. Harold was a great man, loving father and all around good person. He will be greatly missed.

    Love, Leigh Ann Reimer (Fesperman)

    Leigh Ann Reimer (Fesperman)
  2. Dear Mrs. Jay, Monty, Stacy and Christy,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I always loved ‘going to the Jay’s house’ growing up. I am thinking of you all during this unexpected time. Prayers will be said for your peace of heart.

    Kathy Angel (Speakes)

    Kathy Angel (Speakes)
  3. To the lovely Jay family,

    This news truly saddens my heart and brings back many memories of Mr. Jay in the little shop out back.

    May the constant love of caring friends and family soften your sadness.
    May cherished memories bring you moments of comfort.
    May lasting peace surround your grieving hearts.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

    Bunny Speakes-Angell
  4. I worked for Harold for a very long time in the Central Data / BancTec days. He was a great boss. Those were some wonderful times and he was a great mentor to me in my very formative years. My condolences to the family. May the warm memories of yesterday give you peace.

    Greg Olsen

    Greg Olsen
  5. I remember coach Jay. God bless each family member with grace, mercy and peace.

    Dr. Keith Bellamy
  6. Christy, please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your father, my prayers are with you and your family.

    Marsha Garwick
  7. Harold always had such a friendly, caring attitude. Having known him will always be cherished. We pray that the Lord will give his family comfort and peace.

    Larry and Beth Gladden
  8. We offer our sympathy to all of the family at this difficult time. May God give you peace and strength.

    Betty and Paul Arnold
  9. Wonderful husband, father and community leader. Helped make lamarque the gem it was. Heartfelt condolences to the beautiful Jay family.

    Lex Shinn
  10. Our hearts are filled with unspeakable sadness. We have had the pleasure of having Mr. and Mrs. Jay in our lives and it has been something we will treasure for the rest of our lives. They both are special people and we love them both SO much! We love the whole family! Mr. Jay will be missed! Love you all!

    Fran S. and family
  11. Dear Ronda & Family – My sincere condolences and sympathy to you and your family for your loss of Harold. As you know, Harold and I practically grew up together in high school playing sports together. He was a groomsman to our wedding. I considered you and Harold to be one of our closest friends. Although we didn’t see each other very often, you guys were always in our thoughts. I was so shocked to hear the bad news. It hurts terribly, doesn’t it? I, too, spent 55 yrs of marriage to Jean and I still miss her each and every day. Somehow, we need to move on and be thankful Harold is in a better place. I take this little poem with me everywhere I go:
    “Grief is never ending. It is a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness nor a lack of faith. Grief is the price of love.”

    My prayers go with you and your family in your time of this great loss. Harold was a very good friend and a great guy! I’ll miss him.

    Earl Gremillion
  12. I just got the notice of Coach Jay’s death. Just a great man. He taught me Geometry in LM high school back in 1964. That put him at around 24 years old. He said he had wrote his name on the wall in the football locker room. That is when we knew he was one of us from LM.

    Raymond Honc

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