Nov. 16, 1928 - Dec. 19, 2002M

Former Grant County resident Stacy Lewis Gay, 74, died Dec. 19, 2002, at Nampa, Idaho.

He was born Nov. 16, 1928, at Portland to Eustace Francis "Stacy" and Ebba (Jacobson) Gay.

The family settled at a ranch near Dayville and he attended a one-room school through eighth grade. Later, the family moved to a ranch near Huntington. He graduated from Huntington High School in 1947.

The American Legion Hall on Southeast Dayton Street in John Day, known as Alec Gay Hall, is named for Mr. Gay's uncle.

Mr. Gay served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. After his honorable discharge, he returned to crop and sheep ranching, which had been part of the family for three generations.

He received a bachelor's degree in economics from the College of Idaho in Caldwell in 1974.

On Nov. 23, 1978, he married Maxine Mitchell and they resided at Nampa. He served as president of the Parma Woolgrowers Association, was active in the Farm Bureau and regularly attended Toastmasters meetings.

Mr. Gay is survived by his wife, Maxine Geraldine Gay of Nampa; sister, Frances Gay Ericson of Fayetteville, Ark.; two stepchildren, Ron Mitchell and LaNora Mitchell Myers; niece Stacy Gay Ericson; nephews Paul George Ericson and Robert Lewis "Spike" Ericson; eight step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren; several step-, grand- and great-grandnieces and nephews; cousins Glenda Healey Simonsen and Arlene Gay Oliver of John Day and Doris Healey Townsend, Alice Healey Howe and John L. Jacobson of Baker City; and other family members including Robert E. Ericson, Jody J. Bickle, Thomas J. Green, Michelle Logan Ericson, Richard Myers, Angie Mitchell and Brian Shaul.

An open house "Swedish wake" was held Dec. 28 at Nampa.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Mercy Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 1452, Nampa, ID 83653-1452, or to Albertson College of Idaho at Caldwell.

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