Jay "Kent" McCleary, 79, of West Jordan, Utah, passed away on May 28, 2023, after a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was a great family man who loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was a wonderful example to all who knew him and was quick to befriend everyone he met.

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Kent was born in Murray, Utah, on March 19, 1944, to William and Delsa McCleary. He graduated from Jordan High School and went on to play basketball and baseball for the University of Utah. Kent served in the Army Reserves and later married the love of his life, Sharla Fairbourne, on June 16, 1966. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.

Kent worked as an accountant at Kennecott Utah Copper Company for over 35 years. He enjoyed sports, particularly golf, and was a passionate fan. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served in many capacities, including as bishop.

Kent is survived by his wife, Sharla Fairbourne McCleary, his sons, Jay Brett McCleary (Lisa) and Collyn McCleary (Lisa), and daughter Tiffany McCleary Sedgley (Alan) , grandchildren Jaycie, Landon (Montana), Riley (Amanda), Brennan, Trevor (Hannah), Morgan, A.Jay, Jared, Cole, and McKenzie, and one great-grandchild (Presley), and two coming soon. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Delsa McCleary, and his brothers, William McCleary, Donald Kay McCleary, and Jerry McCleary.

A viewing will be held on Friday, June 2, 2023, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the LDS Church Building located at 8825 South 3200 West in West Jordan, and Saturday, June 3, 2023, from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the West Jordan Mountain View Stake Center, located at 2901 West 9000 South in West Jordan. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the West Jordan Mountain View Stake Center. Flowers may be sent to McDougal Funeral Home in Taylorsville. Interment at Larkin Sunset Gardens immediately following the funeral service.

Thank you for being the best Dad, Husband, Grandpa and example to us all! We will miss you more than words can describe. We love you!

Services

Viewing

Friday, Jun. 02, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
LDS Church Building
8825 South 3200 West
West Jordan, UT 84088

Viewing

Saturday, Jun. 03, 2023 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
West Jordan Mountain View Stake
2901 West 9000 South
West Jordan, UT 84088

Funeral Service

Saturday, Jun. 03, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
West Jordan Mountain View Stake
2901 West 9000 South
West Jordan, UT 84088

Services Handled By

McDougal Funeral Home

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Post Date

May 31, 2023

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Kent Thank you for the example you set with in the ward and as the single ward Bishop you where always great the chat with and you never past judgement on anyone it was an honor to have known you.

Riley Wilson , West Jordan, UT, US Jun 27, 2023

Sharla, so very sorry for the loss of your awesome husband! There for awhile we would see Kent at Flaming Gorge! It was always nice to talk to him, to hear how you were doing! Kent was always good to my family when we lived in the ward! Kent will be missed ! Love Scott,Debbie Young!

Debra Young , West Jordan , UT, US Jun 09, 2023

Sharla, so very sorry for the loss of your awesome husband! There for awhile we would see Kent at Flaming Gorge! It was always nice to talk to him, to hear how you were doing! Kent was always good to my family when we lived in the ward! Kent will be missed ! Love Scott,Debbie Young!

Debra Young , West Jordan , UT, US Jun 09, 2023

Please accept my condolences on the passing of this fine man! I had the Honor and the privilege of working with Kent at Kennecott Utah Copper. Kent was an example of what a Kind ,and Honest person should be like in this world. I know he will be missed by all, but he will never be Forgotten by me.

Maurice Brophy , Salt lake, UT, US Jun 01, 2023

Please accept my condolences on the passing of this fine man! I had the Honor and the privilege of working with Kent at Kennecott Utah Copper. Kent was an example of what a Kind ,and Honest person should be like in this world. I know he will be missed by all, but he will never be Forgotten by me.

Maurice Brophy , Salt lake, UT, US Jun 01, 2023

Please accept my condolences on the passing of this fine man! I had the Honor and the privilege of working with Kent at Kennecott Utah Copper. Kent was an example of what a Kind ,and Honest person should be like in this world. I know he will be missed by all, but he will never be Forgotten by me.

Maurice Brophy , Salt lake, UT, US Jun 01, 2023

I’m so sorry for your families loss! Kent will be greatly missed.

Ashley Kirkham James Jun 01, 2023

I’m so sorry for your families loss! Kent will be greatly missed.

Ashley Kirkham James Jun 01, 2023

I’m so sorry for your families loss! Kent will be greatly missed.

Ashley Kirkham James Jun 01, 2023

I’m so sorry for your families loss! Kent will be greatly missed.

Ashley Kirkham James Jun 01, 2023

I’m so sorry for your families loss! Kent will be greatly missed.

Ashley Kirkham James Jun 01, 2023

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