Jay Daniel Wilson

November 1, 1989November 11, 2018
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Jay Daniel Wilson was born on November 1, 1989 and passed away on November 11, 2018


  • Visitation Saturday, November 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 17, 2018

Jay Daniel Wilson

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Jesse Claus

November 18, 2018

I was a young men advisor at church when Jay was 17 or so. We took the young men on a bike adventure up to the San Juan islands. Driving up from Gresham to the coast, whenever we’d stop for gas or bathroom, Jay would get out of the van to do 100 push-ups. Anytime we stopped on the whole trip, Jay was challenging himself and his friends to some feat of strength or endurance.
I’m sad to hear that he’s finished his earthly ministry, but I’m glad to have shared even a little bit of time with this stellar young man. I’m praying for his family and his unit family. He is missed!

Betty Prescott

November 17, 2018

When Michelle and Larry were married I remember Jay hiding in the bushes at the Portland Temple. I think he was about 8, I thought he was the cutest little boy. We didn't live close and didn't see him much but he was a cute kid.

Darryn Drake

November 15, 2018

I was a Youth advisor in Gresham OR and Jay was one of my young men. He was always a happy and positive kid. I loved working with him because he would always do what he said he was going to do and be where he said he would be. I used to tease him because he was always wearing a cast or sporting a bandage of some sort from his adventures. We had youth over at our home all the time. When Jay would come over I would always tell him jokingly to wait on the porch while I increased my homeowners insurance. We moved to Texas in 2003 and I lost touch with Jay but one day while flying home in 2009 I was walking through the Salt Lake airport. I walked by a group of Elders and someone shouted “Brother Drake!” I turned around and it was Jay. He came over and gave me a hug and we talked for a few minutes. He told me he was going to the Japan Nagoya Mission. It was the same mission I had served in 22 years earlier. I was so jealous and happy for Jay. That was the last time I saw Jay. I love Jay Wilson. He is an incredible example of what’s good in our world. Work hard and play hard! What more can one ask for than that? I am saddened by his passing and ache for his Dear Mother and his new wife. I ache for his friends that have been by him for years and the ones that have just come to know and love Jay. I am grateful for the knowledge of the restored Gospel that helps me to deal with times like this. Knowing that we will meet again is very reassuring and helps me to cope with the emptiness that exists now. God Bless Jay and his new journey. I am sure that he’s happy and having a blast with his dad. There is a special place; I am sure; for men like Jay Wilson. RIP Brother Jay and Thank You for your friendship and example.



Jay Wilson was born to Cary and Michelle Wilson on November 1, 1989 in Riverside, CA. He had 2 older sisters, Amber, 7 years older, and Candace, 5 1/2 years older. The family lived in Sun City, CA at the time, and lived there until December of 1994, when the family moved to Oregon. He grew up in Gresham, OR, where his family still lives. He attended Sam Barlow High School and Mt. Hood Community College. Jay's beloved father passed away in June 2002. Larry Haage became his step father in 1999, and they have a great relationship. His little Brother Aaron was born in 2000. In Feb. 2009 he served a 2 year mission to Japan for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Upon returning from Japan, Jay prepared himself to enter BUDS to become a Navy Seal. After going through BUDS twice, and after becoming deathly sick during Hell Week, he decided to become a Rescue Swimmer, where he served in HSC 23 with the Wildcards until his death. Jay was married to Lianna Wagner, the love of his life, on October 19, 2018 in a beautiful and joyous ceremony.

Jay loved life. As a little boy, he always had a smile on his face. He just lit up a room. Always a good sport, as a little boy he let his sisters dress him up like a girl, earning the moniker of "Jaylene". Jay was also an adrenaline junkie, always trying the most daring stunts. He loved to say that he had broken every bone in his body during his life, including his face when he was horsing around in the Boy's locker room in middle school and fell on his face. At the age of 11 he had a very bumpy ambulance ride after splitting his whole leg open after landing on a pole on a trampoline. He has always been very proud of that scar.

Jay was an Eagle Scout, earning that award when he was 17. He loved the outdoors and excelled in all his badges. He was proud of that training.

Jay was known as a very strong, tough person. Nothing would deter him from his goals. He took everything to an extreme, and was very accomplished in whatever he pursued. He was an extremely loyal friend, son, brother, husband, and sailor. He loved all of those he worked with.

Jay passed away on Sunday, November 11, 2018 doing what he loved. He is survived by his wife Lianna, his mother Michelle Haage, his step-father Larry Haage, his sisters Amber Wilson Goodman and Candace Wilson Salisbury, his brother Aaron Haage, and his grandmothers Jeanne O'Neal and Ruth Wilson.