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Jay David Lehman
June 1, 1959 ~ January 13, 2024 (age 64) 64 Years Old
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Jay David Lehman, age 64, of Marion passed away on Saturday, January 13 while a patient at the Cleveland Clinic. On June 1, 1959, he was born in Marion, Ohio to the late Harvey & Virginia (Forry) Lehman. He was married to Linda (Hecker) on October 18, 1980, in Prospect, Ohio. Jay was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.
Starting with a date to homecoming at Elgin High School with Linda, and ending a short 46 years later, they built a life and family together to include: son Jeremy (Sarah) of Barnwell, South Carolina, their boys Jackson, Jaycob, and Jansen; and son, Justin (Erika) of Galion, Ohio, and their daughter Eleanor.
Jay and Linda spent many years focusing on raising their sons, and then enjoying their precious grandchildren. During the "empty nest" years they enjoyed Saturday date nights, and simply spending time together. Jay always made sure Linda was taken care of whether it was surprising her with flowers or fixing dinner every night. He will always be the light of her life.
Jay enjoyed traveling with his family, whether it was a distant cruise to Alaska or a quick trip to The Shoe; he was always looking forward to the next adventure. Those who knew him best knew him to be an avid reader, recaller of random trivia facts, follower of politics, and being constantly disappointed by the Browns and Indians.
Jay was always involved in his sons' and grandsons' lives, including traveling to sporting events to see a professional game; and attending every football, baseball, or basketball game Jeremy & Justin played, unless he was working. Although his grandsons lived in South Carolina, many trips were made to watch their games; and numerous phone calls & pictures were shared for those games he could not attend. He always made time to attend games and host coaching clinics in the backyard, on the golf course, or even Face Timing to South Carolina providing “expert” advice. He can be remembered for passing his passion for sports and family onto the next generations.
His granddaughter, affectionately known as his “Little Tornado”, was constantly looking forward to sleepovers and he slowly lost his “man cave” in favor of her pink toys. Through Eleanor, Jay discovered a different side of life after raising two boys. They enjoyed playing together - whether it was dolls, her play kitchen, or Peppa Pig. She loved riding in his blue truck.
Jay was the youngest of seven children and looked forward to family get togethers and attending sporting events and concerts with his siblings. When the family was together there were always funny stories of growing up as a large family. He had 3 sisters, Jayne Ann Mandeville of Dennison, TX., Judith (Jack) Titus of Marion, OH., & Jackie Thornberry of New Bloomington, OH. who survive. He had a special bond with his sisters Judy & Jackie, always looking to them for advice. Jay was preceded in death by 3 brothers, John, Joe, & Jim Lehman. Joe’s wife, Cathy survives in Marion. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
To friends, family, and coworkers, Jay was well liked and well respected. Despite many years of long days and cold nights at both Marion Steel and Jeg's, he maintained a strong work ethic with a “family first” attitude which was infectious to his family and those around him.
Thank you to the medical staff at Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory University Hospital, both in Atlanta, Georgia. And a special thank you to the medical staff at Cleveland Clinic for their extraordinary care and compassion. Although Jay was listed on the heart transplant list with Cleveland Clinic for the last 8 years, it wasn't meant to be.
The family will receive friends and family on Saturday, January 20th from 10-11 at the funeral home; service to follow with Rev. Alycia Orcena officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Elgin Athletic Boosters.