Clemons, Jay Duncan, a 45 year resident of the South Bay (with stays in Hong Kong, London, and various states within the USA), passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2006 in Hermosa Beach. Born in Los Angeles, CA. Jay was 55 when he died. Jay has been employed by Flying Tigers, FedEx, Sun Micro Corp, and Brivo. For the past number of years he has been taking care of his mother, Lois Clemons and working locally as an independent financial and promotion advisor. Currently he has been active with Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Initiatives. He attended meetings and support via neighborhood consultation. In his younger days in Hermosa he had run for City Treasurer. He had a passion for people, places, and food. He traveled all over the world with a special interest in Asian cultures. Long time practitioner/teacher of Kung-Fu, slight of hand magic, and hypnosis. He was continuously planning family travel all around the world. He is survived by his mother, Lois Clemons of Hermosa Beach, CA; sister, Lyn Clemons and nephew McLeod Benson of Hermosa Beach, CA; sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Keith Hersom of Gardena, CA; and special travel companion - great-aunt, Mary Ellen Wilson of Riverside, CA. He was preceded in death by his Father, Harper Clemons. The family encourages all who knew Jay to take time to enjoy Chinese New Year's Celebration through January and think kindly of him! There will be a family and friends reception February 25, 2007 from 1:00-4:00 at the Hermosa Beach Kiwanis Building on Valley Drive.

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  1. Dear Lyn and family; I received the news recently that Jay passed away on December 27, 2006. Needless to say, I was absolutely stunned and so very sad! Please convey my condolences to the family. Jay and I were very close friends. We met at Control Data Institute in 1977 and had lunch together daily during school. Flying Tigers interviewed us both and when I returned home Jay called and told me that he was sure they wouldn’t hire him because he had made a BALDY joke at one of the interviewers who was a bald headed man. Sure enough, they hired me. Jay went on to a company called Benchmark Systems and within a week he didn’t have that job anymore. So…I went all out to get Flying Tigers to hire Jay but there were no available positions in Programming. So I got Aida Maluda, Chief of Marketing, to hire Jay. Remember now that these folks didn’t have a clue who I was, but I was not going to give up hounding them until they hired him because Jay was the one who wanted to work for them in the first place. My plan was to go back to the County of Los Angeles as a Programmer! AND he was my friend. Jay and I were like best friends, sharing many laughs and having lunch together almost daily. He introduced me to Asian Foods and taught me to use chopsticks. We took trips to Hawaii together with a group of our Tigers co-workers. Although I left Flying Tigers in 1987, we still kept in touch. I took a job with the City of LOS Angeles but worked out of the Administration Building at LAX, and we continued our lunches and friendship. In late 1991 I went to Hong Kong to visit Jay and he showed me around the city and we rode on the Hydrofoil to Macau, China. We had a fabulous time. We just loved hanging out together. Your Mom and Dad visited during that time and we all went out to a very nice restaurant for dinner. We somehow lost touch when he left Fedex and didn’t respond to my emails. I just found out that he didn’t respond because he had left Fedex and didn’t even see them. Folks at Flying Tigers all knew how great our friendship was. I retired from the City several years ago and moved to Arizona. I lost touch with my friends from Tigers when I moved, but one of our friends at Fedex finally found an old Christmas Card with my email address and sent me the message of Jay’s death. They were asking “Does Sheryl Know?” I am so glad they found me but so saddened by the reason. There is so much more that I could share with you about Jay’s and my friendship years, but time and space would not begin to allow it. I loved Jay and will miss him very much. My prayers go out for God to grant peace to you and the family and friends. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the service in February, but would like to have a video, pictures, or whatever memories of Jay that you can spare to share with me. Sincerely, Sheryl P. Yancey Formerly Sheryl P. Williams 19169 E. Mockingbird Drive Queen Creek, AZ 85242

  2. Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss of a great son, brother and uncle. In only a year he had become a great friend and confidant, advisor and consultant. Jay showed so much involvement and happiness in his time with us. He seemed to take great pleasure helping us design our promotional products as well as researching product developement and marketing. More than that, he was such a great “down to earth” man. I have never met a man that I liked so much in such a short time. There is such an emptiness left by the loss of such a man with great outstanding character. His friendship will be missed forever. Rick Marcelino, Judi Larance and Harrington Trapp American Logomotions,Inc

  3. To the family of our dear friend, Jay Clemons. Our fondest memories of Jay was after the FedEx merger when Jay joined us as expats in HK. We lived within walking distance of each other and his cubicle was next to mine (Carol). I was Jay’s guinea pig when he decided to learn I-Ching (fortunate telling); and he was my shopping partner – always the consumate bargain hunter as we each tried to best the other as the best bargainer. One Chinese New Year, we all managed to get locked up in a pub because there was a small riot outside and with nothing else to do but drink, we all got….well, you know. Our friends, Francis and Queenie Longuepuee soon became his good friends and for many years, they welcomed Jay and his family to HK to ring in the lunar new year. We truly regret we weren’t able to have that dinner we had arranged, but God had other plans for this wonderful, kind, caring and adventureous man. Jay, we will truly miss you and you will always be in our hearts. Thank you for the many fond memories and the treasure of your wonderful friendship.

  4. Dear Mrs. Clemons, Lyn, and Jane: I am so sorry about Jay. I am Phyllis Miller’s older sister. Although I have heard of Jay for 35 years, I never met him until last fall when I went to help Phyllis. Jay was there, helping her all of the time. He took her to appoint- ments, took me to the store, and since I don’t drive freeways, even came and got me a couple of times. Such a kind, caring, generous young man. I so appreciated all he did for Phyllis. God Bless, Pat Adams

  5. Dear Lois & family, I couldn’t believe the Breeze this morning when I read about Jay. It must have been very sudden and such a shock. He & I were second cousins and even tho we never met we did have some correspondence and talks on our Weller family tree. He was just a few months older than my son, Brent. I hope you are holding up through all of this Lois — I will plan to attend the memorial in Feb. Jane Early

  6. Lois & Jane, I was so sorry to hear about Jay. We spent every weekend together when we moved to Memphis and he took my son Kevin to the “Gun Show” (he’ll never forget it)..I am so glad I had a chance to see him at a friends FedEx retirement party a couple of weeks ago. He was telling me of the wonderful trip “Janie planned for me, mom, and grandma!”. He went on and on about that trip. I will miss him so. He was a great boss and friend. He will be missed by many of his friends at Tigers/Fedex. . .rest in peace J l

  7. My deepest condolences to Jay’s family. I worked with Jay in the marketing dept at Flying Tigers, then at FedEx in Memphis. I will always remember Jay’s cheerful can-do attitude. He always had a zest for life. We will all miss him.

  8. We watched Jay grow from a little boy through the years to be the fine man he became. We treasure the visits we had with the Clemons family. Janet remembers the special guided tour Jay gave Janet and Laura on the 6th or 8th time he patiently gave guests when we stopped in Memphis to visit Lois and Jay. Also the warm Krispy Kremes we were hooked on at the time. So many memories. So many good times. Such a great life given to us all to love and enjoy. Friends, Janet & Maurice

  9. Jay had been my best friend for 35 years and I am devastated at the loss of his life too early. We shared everything together and I will treasure my visits to Hong Kong, Arizona and Memphis as he changed stations. In the early years we shared hypmotism classes, college anthropology club activities, annual Christmas parties at Fed Ex, his TaiChi sensei’s birthday parties in China Town each year, crazy classes in “mind” experiments, and so much more. He helped me raise my son and was, even this year, sharing gifts to my grandbabies from his travels. His choices were always the most fun gifts for 1 and 3 year olds: “better than Santa’s.” He stayed by my side through a year of illness and never said no to any request. I will love him always and forever appreciate his loving spirit and kindness.

  10. Jay and i worked on many marketing data projects and were good friends before and after the merger in LA, memphis and Hong Kong. i will never forget him and his dry humor and positive and helpful attitude.

  11. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Clemons family. I will always remember Jay as a thinker and an idea man with a great sense of humor. Whenever we would get together we would always come up with some wild ideas and have a good laugh. But most of all he was a good friend and he will be missed

  12. Lyn and Mcleod – Our deepest condolences on the loss of your brother and uncle. The video was a wonderful and moving tribute…he will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. The Ryyth’s

  13. My sincere sympathy to the Clemons family, Jay was a special man who was like a family member to so many of us. Jay was my first boss when he hired me at Flying Tigers and we soon became friends for many years. He was the ultimate leader by example and we all learned so much from him. He thrived the most on teaching and helping people. There was nobody better than Jay when you needed someone to talk to or when you needed someone to liven up a party. He treated everyone with respect and had just the greatest wit and sense of humor. Through the years I’ve thought of him often when I’d get in a tough situation and I’d say to myself “What would Jay do here?”. Then I’d remember how Jay would just calmly say “Holy Moly”, not panic and sure enough things would work out. I count myself among the lucky who got to know Jay because he had that special quality to be such a positive influence on so many lives. Jay, you will be missed but never forgotten, and thanks.

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