Jay Zumwalt

August 6, 1937February 6, 2019

One of the nicest men in the world, my husband, Jay Zumwalt (Palmer Joseph Zumwalt III) left this world on February 6, 2019. Jay was born on August 6, 1937 in Greenfield, OK to Edith Hubbard and P.J. Zumwalt Jr. He grew up in Frederick OK and graduated from OU with a B.S. in electrical engineering. At the end of a five year plan to sample five different types of companies to see what suited him best, Jay interviewed at Motorola. He was asked why he changed jobs so often and explained, “If you hire me, I promise to give you five years.” Thirty three years later he retired from Motorola Government Electronics Division in Scottsdale AZ. Jay and his first wife Pat moved to Phoenix in 1963 with their three children Palmer Joseph IV, Mitzi and Lewis. In 1984 he married Deanna Delmar, loving her children Kelly, Terry, Jeff and Jennifer Gibbs as his own. Jay had a great zest for learning, especially science, robotics, and UFO’s. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Peggy, brother Roy, Kelly Gibbs and Jeff Gibbs. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Deanna Delmar, his children Palmer Zumwalt IV (Karen), Mitzi Paulsen (Joe), Lewis Zumwalt, Terry Gibbs, Jennifer Gibbs Bradshaw (Todd), grandchildren, Cassi Like, Jelen and Josh Kates, Palmer Zumwalt V, Emily, Ashley, John, Kate and Bridget Bradshaw, Kyle Gibbs, Kira Gibbs Howard (Austin) and great grandson A.J. Howard.

A celebration of Jay’s life will be held on Sunday February 17th at 2 p.m. at Generations at Ahwatukee, 15815 S. 50th St. Phoenix AZ 85048. The family asks that in lieu of flowers you honor Jay’s memory by spreading random acts of kindness and if you like you may donate to Hospice of the Valley.


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Jay Zumwalt

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san nibte

February 15, 2019

I'm sad to hear about Jay's passing. I remember the Friday "Old Farts" lunches. His smile was intoxicating. He always had a funny joke and great sense of humor. He'll be missed. Sam Monte

Susan Pope Ragaishis

February 8, 2019

I’ve been on a motorcycle exactly one time in my life and that was with Jay Zumwalt when I was very young. When he got his new dirt bike (?) he gave rides to several of the kids in the neighborhood and we acted like crazy fans begging for a second turn. Growing up next door I thought he was one of the nicest and smartest men I ever knew. And that day, he was the most popular dad around.

He indulged Mitzi and my tearful constant requests to somehow be sisters (it involved someone adopting someone, which, for some reason, was impossible) and always smiled when I saw him. And he seemed so tolerant - especially when Palmer and Lewis were wrestling all around the living room like two madmen!

I may not have not been in contact with Jay since I was very young, but I mourn his loss like he still lived next door. Thank you for the beautiful memories. Hugs to the family and rest peacefully Jay.