John Francis "Jay" Denver

November 26, 1946February 16, 2013

John Francis “Jay” Denver, 66, passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2013 due to complications from ongoing illnesses. He was born on November 26, 1946 in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of the late Fran and Mary Denver.

Jay attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, where he majored in Mechanical Engineering. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Bronze Star. Jay worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority for many years. Survivors include sisters, Debbie Denver Underwood of Acworth, Georgia and Ginny Denver of Pasadena, Texas; brother, Kevin (Jane) Denver of Chattanooga; several nieces and nephews, including Amy (Aaron) Aponick of Gainesville, Florida; Katie (Kyle) Simms, Ryan (Laura) Veariel and Brett Veariel, all of Houston, Texas; Rob Underwood of Washington, DC; Jenny Denver and Jon (Jennifer) Denver of Chattanooga. He is also survived by two grand-nieces, Alexa Mary Simms and Elizabeth Audrey Aponick and a grand-nephew, Jaxson Kevin Denver.

The family will receive friends from 4 PM to 7 PM on Tuesday, February 19 at the North Chapel. A memorial service will follow at 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, please honor Jay’s memory by making a donation to the charity of your choice or one of his favorites, such as Chattanooga Community Kitchen, P.O. Box 11203, Chattanooga, TN. 37401; Ronald McDonald House, 200 Central Ave., Chattanooga, TN. 37403 or the Karen Lawrence Run for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, c/o Chattanooga Track Club, P.O. Box 11241, Chattanooga, TN. 37401.

Arrangements by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Hwy 153, Hixson, TN. 37343.


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 19, 2013
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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February 20, 2013

My sympathies go out to all of Jay's friends and family. It is never easy to lose a loved one, but there are always happy memories. The memories will help you through this difficult time.

Sharon R. Forrest (Lewes, DE)

Bo Sweeney

February 19, 2013

My deepest sympathies to all of Jay's family on his much-too-early passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Jay and all of you.

Dee Booker

February 19, 2013

Jay became a dear friend when I married my husband Ernest Booker. I have never met a more generous or kind man. He and my husband had a great friendship and I was honored to also call him my friend. He will be missed more than he would have thought possible. We love you Denver and are glad that you are at peace and not hurting any longer.

Ernest L Booker Jr

February 19, 2013

“You either stop at a stop sign or you do not, there is no such thing as a rolling stop.” This was Denver and he used this thought process in every phase of his life. Nothing could be half right; it was or it wasn't. He was my friend for over 33 years and I will miss him and his companionship.

Gary Boles

February 19, 2013

I worked with Jay for many years at Sequoyah. We were among some of the early folks in the Sequoyah Maintenance Departement when the plant was being finished and starting up. There is always a comradery when folks work through such an accomplishment. He was a hard worker and a team player. Most of all, he had a big heart and was always there to help others in time of need. I remember fondly our good natured ribbing about his love for Notre Dame football and my love for my Tennessee Volunteers. It was always fun to talk and joke with him. He will be missed!

Amy Aponick

February 19, 2013

I love you so much, Uncle Jay. I will miss you dearly, but am glad you are at peace.