Dr. Jay Stovall | TheUnion.com

Dr. Jay Stovall

Dr. Jay C. Stovall, of Grass Valley passed away on Nov. 19, 2013. He was 90.

It was his wish to have a private service.

Dr. J was born in Great Falls, Mont., on Oct. 31, 1923, to Rodney Cecil and Ethille Hamilton Ihrig Stovall. He attended elementary and high school in Great Falls, Mont.

As a youth he was a Life Boy Scout and then entered the Order of DeMolay, becoming a Chevalier DeMolay.

Shortly after Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army Reserve as an ROTC member at Montana State University. He then entered active military service in 1942, serving with the 30th Infantry, 3rd Division in Europe. He was awarded two Purple Hearts for wounds.

After WWII he returned to Montana State University, then transferred to the University of California-Berkeley to continue premedical studies. Dr. Stovall graduated from Pacific University School of Optometry in 1953. Further study at the Yale Institute of Children followed.

He married Leona V.T. Blackmun of Vancouver, British Columbia, in August, 1953, at St. John’s Shaughnessey Anglican church. They established residence in Marin County, California. Dr. J opened a private practice in San Anselmo, Calif., as a vision specialist for adults and children, which he pursued for 43 years.

He was very active in his community: a founding member of San Anselmo Little League; a leader and trainer of adult Scouts, serving as district commissioner, the executive board of Marin Council BSA; served on the staff of three Western Region wood badge courses to train scoutmasters; and was awarded the silver badger in 1975.

Dr. J was first made a freemason in Montana after WWII and continued as one throughout his life. He was a member of Nevada Lodge #13 F&AM, was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite mason, was a former member of Islam Shrine (San Francisco) and a recipient of the Golden Veteran 50-year award as the 50-year Blue Cap of Scottish Rite.

Lions International was an active pursuit. All offices except district governor were held, with numerous awards received over the years. His program entitled Partners-Lions and Scouting was promoted worldwide by Lions International during the 1970s.

Sports, hunting, fly-fishing, gardening, golf and Western history with the Oregon California Trails Association also prevailed.

On October 1998, he and his wife retired in Grass Valley. He continued his Scouting, Masonic, Lions, SIR, American Legion, DAV, OCTA and senior center activities.

Dr. Stovall is survived by his wife, Leona Stovall; and younger brother, Dr. Dean W. Stovall of Sacramento.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.

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