Richard Jay Lisonbee

1932 ~ 2022

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Richard Jay Lisonbee passed away on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, at home of natural causes. He was born on February 19, 1932, in Roosevelt, Duchesne County, Utah to Cliff Leonidas and Mary Leah Lister Lisonbee.

Jay grew up on a dairy farm in Bluebell, Utah. He was very involved in the planting and harvesting of the farm as well as the care of the animals they had. In 1950, Jay went into the army and served for two years in Korea. When he came home from the army, he moved with his family to Salt Lake City and started working for NuWay Builders Supply Co. Later he became a partner in the business. He loved working with his hands. He was very talented at creating things with wood.

Jay met Joy Ann Saxton and they were married on May 29, 1959, in the Salt Lake Temple. They were blessed with a son, Michael Jay Lisonbee and a daughter, Sally Ann Lisonbee. He loved his children unconditionally. Jay loved animals. He raised show pigeons in lofts in his backyard and built an aviary in his backyard to raise Lovebirds, parakeets, finches, and doves. Jay loved to garden and make things more beautiful.

Jay is survived by his loving wife, Joy; his son, Michael and his wife Helen Nichols; his daughter, Sally Jackson and her husband Curt; five grandchildren, Zane Mackie, Meena Mackie, Hannah Lisonbee, Ethan Lisonbee and Shannyn Jackson; sisters, Daphine Buhler and Bessie Mace; many nieces and nephews; brothers; and sisters in law. He is preceded in death by his mother and father.

A viewing will be held on Friday, December 2, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Larkin Mortuary, 1950 E. Dimple Dell (10600 S.) Sandy, Utah. The funeral will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 1:00 P.M. with a viewing before from 12:00 to 12:45 P.M. at the Jordan North 6th Ward, 3836 West 4100 South, West Valley, Utah. For those unable to attend the service in person, the family invites you to join via Zoom, at A free Zoom account is required, and you will need to sign in to join the service.

Goodbye for now Jay, we love you and will miss you more than you know.


Sally, I’m so sorry to be seeing this. Much love to you and your family.

- Krista Forster(Bess)

Sally, I’m so sorry to be seeing this. Much love to you and your family.

- Krista Forster(Bess)

So sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful man and father. May you find comfort in the memories.

- anon

Joy and Family
I was saddened to learn of Jay’s Passing. I have lots of fond memories of times spent together in JN 6th Ward neighborhood. I wish I could have been at the service today but health issues prevented my attending.
I send my love and deepest sympathy.

- Laurie England-Lyon

Joy, we are sorry to hear about the passing of Jay. I remember coming home teaching to your home and Jay always wanting to show his latest pigeons and projects. He was very talented man.

Shirley and I planned to come down to the funeral until COVIID changed our plans.

We were wanting to see Mike and Sally again after all these years.

He was a great man and he will be missed.

Love Shirley and DeWayne Jackson

- DeWayne and Shirley Jackson