Javier "Jay" Ortega Jr.
November 17, 1959 – April 10, 2019
Javier “Jay” Ortega, Jr. was involved in a tragic accident in New Plymouth, Idaho and went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 10, 2019 at the age of 59. He is survived by his beautiful wife, Carolyn, and their six precious children, ages 5-14, with their 6th child being due June 3, 2019. Jay was born and raised in Fresno, California. He grew up with five siblings under the care of his loving mother and father. His childhood was filled with fond memories of family camping, fishing and hunting trips and he enjoyed participating in track and basketball throughout his high school years. He is preceded in death by his mother, Cecilia Barrios Ortega, and his younger brother Andrew “Andy” Ortega. He is survived by his father, Javier Ortega, Sr, his sisters Linda Ortega Renovato, Rose Ortega Robertson, Delores Ortega Herrada, and his brother, Robert Ortega. Jay enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1981 and by mid-1981, he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal advancing through the years to Master Sergeant. Throughout his 20+ years of Marine Corps service worldwide, Jay received numerous “Meritorious Mast” awards, “Certificate of Good Conduct” awards, and numerous letters of commendation. His professionalism, commitment to excellence, and steadfast devotion to duty here and abroad has brought great credit upon himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the US Marine Corps. During his time in the Marine Corps and until the day he passed, Jay had the privilege and honor of raising Thomas “Tommy” Cervantes and Kira Cervantes Taylor as his own children. Tommy and Kira blessed Jay by giving him the opportunity to be a proud grandpa to Tommy’s three children and Kira’s daughter. One year after retiring from the US Marine Corps, Jay met the love of his life, Carolyn Shaver, in 2002. They were married shortly after on February 28, 2003. They met, married, and lived in California until 2004 when they moved to Nevada where he took a position with the Nevada Department of Corrections as an Officer and Range Master. While living in Nevada, Jay and Carolyn had four of their six children born between the years of 2004 and 2012, three daughters and a son. In 2013, Jay fulfilled a life-long dream of owning land by retiring and moving his family to a 7-acre New Plymouth, Idaho farm where he was able to work the land, own animals, and work alongside his children in various 4H and livestock events. Shortly after moving to Idaho, Jay and Carolyn had their 5th child, a son. They just celebrated 16 years of marriage and were planning for the arrival of their 6th born child, a daughter. Jay lived out his faith as he did his life – with unshakable commitment. He worships the Lord & Savior Jesus Christ and lived his life with the hope that not only his children, but his family and friends as well would believe in and be saved by Christ Jesus. Jay has always placed God’s Word as of the utmost importance in his life, in the life of his wife, and the lives of his children. We trust that he has heard the words from his Lord and Savior, “Well done good and faithful servant.” In lieu of flowers, the Ortega family would appreciate donations to JEMFriends. Jay was passionate about supporting this ministry that serves Idaho youth who are aging out of the foster care system. Please send donations to www.jemfriends.org/donate/ or mail donations to 1111 S. Orchard Street, Ste 106, Boise, ID, 83705. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 19, 2019 at 12:00 noon sharp at Cloverdale United Reformed Church, 3580 N. Cloverdale Rd., Boise, Idaho. Burial services will be held at the Boise Veteran’s Cemetery at 2:00 sharp at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery 10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Rd., Boise, Idaho. A reception will be at the church address listed above following the burial service. The funeral and burial services as well as the reception are open to the family, friends, and acquaintances of Jay.
- Carolyn Ortega, Wife
- Cheyenne Ortega, Daughter
- Shawnee Ortega, Daughter
- Atsina Ortega, Daughter
- Javier Paul Ortega, Son
- Josiah Ortega, Son
- Baby Girl #6 Ortega, Daughter
- Cecila Ortega, Mother (deceased)
- Andrew "Andy" Ortega, Brother (deceased)
- Javier Ortega Sr., Father
- Linda Ortega Renovato, Sister
- Rose Ortega Robertson, Sister
- Delores Ortega Herrada, Sister
- Robert Ortega, Brother
- Many Nephews and Nieces.
- Javier Paul Ortega - Son, Active
- Josiah Jess Ortega - Son, Active
- Paul Shaver - Father-In-Law, Active
- Steven Ward - Brother-In-Law, Active
- William Ward - Nephew, Active
- Josiah Barrett - Friend, Active
- Gary Stapleton - Brother-In-Law, Active
- Adam Stapelton - Nephew, Active
- Logan Stapleton - Nephew, Active
- Robert Ortega - Brother, Active
1111 S. Orchard Street, Ste 106,, Boise, Idaho 83705
- Funeral Service Friday, April 19, 2019
- Committal Service Friday, April 19, 2019
Javier "Jay" Ortega Jr.
May 8, 2019
Jay and Anthony in Jr. High! Brother from another mother!
May 8, 2019
Jay is so happy to meet his new baby brother ANDY
May 8, 2019
May 8, 2019
April 23, 2019
I contemplated writing this not knowing what exactly to say but now it is clear so here it goes...Jay, the day you left us it broke my heart, I wasn’t ready for you to go, especially on the day you left. As I started to process it I began to realize I was blessed beyond measure because God chose the day of my birth to take you to heaven. Also, that he blessed me with such a wonderful, loving, giving, kind, considerate man that just so happens to be my brother. I am so glad we got to talk on April 8th. We talked, laughed and ended our call by saying ‘I love you’
The last text I received was the same day when you sent me the ultra sound of the baby. I know you are in heaven with Mom and Andy. The place you worked all your life to be. Eventually my heart will be okay because I know you are all pain free, no suffering. I will celebrate your new life with Carolyn and the kids every April 10th! Rest In Peace my dear brother! Hugs to Mom and Andy for me! Love you!
April 21, 2019
God put you into my life way back in 1979/80. Though I didn't know it at the time. Over the years we lost touch . Then God put back in my life and I rember the first time we talked after many years. I felt your love, I remembered the first time we met , and we talked about you going into the Marines. It was one of those "uno ah dos cervasa moments " Lol .
The Marine Corps got a good man, and I got a brother, kindred spirit, and one of gods Angel's in my life.
Treasure Valley Boxing Club
April 21, 2019
Treasure Valley Boxing Club heard about the tragic loss of Javier “Jay” Ortega and like “Jay”, our mission is to serve at-risk youth of our community. Our boxing club saves up cans & bottles to cash in for travel expenses but the team has decided to donate the proceeds from cans/bottles to the www.jemfriends.org organization. Thank you for your service to our country and to our youth “Jay”.
April 19, 2019
To my loving cousins , I love all of you you so very much and I hate the distance that separates us . I grew up during my summer visits out west and especially looked forward to to the visits that I knew that my cousin Jay would bring to my heart .. Jay was always the the first one to come and ask me to join in the fun that all the others were having "I was shy" . without fail Jay would come running up to me asking if I wanted to spend the night or a couple of days visiting with him and family in Fresno .. Only with the my parents sincere promise that I would behave , My cuz Jay made sure that I did ... even though the years and distance separated our families; my love for my cousins never diminished.. we use to run and play until we could no longer see then out came the flashlights for flashlight tag .. We use to play hide and seek and other games of youth and I promise to find you again my loving cousin .. I say these words with tears flowing and from the deepest part of my heart . I love you Jay and well meet again someday ..
From Cousin Rodney Tye
April 18, 2019
Jay was the step father of my half sister and half brother Kira and Tommy. Growing up when I would go visit, I was always scared of him because he was so serious lol. Even though I was scared of him, I also admired him. He always nice and caring and made sure I was taken care of while staying with them. Always telling Kira and Tommy to watch out for me. Being the youngest my brother and sister would probably say he was nicer to me than he was to them and that they would get in trouble because of me lol. As I got older I got to see a lighter side of Jay and he would tell jokes and make us laugh and I wasn’t as scared of him lol. Now being an adult and having a family of my own I have even more respect for Jay. At a young age he took on two kids and raised them as his own and took on everything that came a long with it. I truly appreciate all that he has done for my siblings. He helped raise two beautiful souls and I am forever thankful for that. I was so happy to hear when he got remarried and had kids of his own, I always knew he was a great father. He was truly a great man. Heaven has gained another hero. He will be forever missed but his memory will live on❤️
Kira Taylor (Cervantez)
April 18, 2019
I could never thank you enough for the sacrifices & struggles you went through, to provide for us as a family. We always had what we needed. As an adult, after every conversation, I always felt taken care of. Just knowing you were on my side, praying for me, or guiding me in the right direction, I knew I would be ok. You took on being our bonus dad and never stopped being our dad. Who I am today has a lot to do with you. You and Carolyn have created a beautiful family. There's no doubt that your kids are destined to do great things. We're all so blessed to have called you dad. Even though I'm not ready, I know I have the best guardian angel. Fly high dad!
April 17, 2019
Jay was my Cousin we grew up together. Jay was always special . I was so blessed and honored to be family to him, God fearing man always willing to help others. I will never forget when before my Mother passed over a year ago he came to visit her and comfort her knowing she was terminal. He prayed with her she loved him. Dear Cousin I am so heartbroken but I know I will see you someday that is the Lords promise to us. To my family and Jay’s wife and Children I send you love and prayers.
Rose Ortega Robertson
April 17, 2019
Jay, you were always the best little big brother there ever was. Even though you were younger than me, you were blessed with maturity and wisdom beyond your years. When it was time to have fun you were all in and when it was time to correct someone, in love, you were ready and had the right words (God's Word) and prayer no matter who it was that needed it. You were my go to guy whenever I needed some Godly counsel or advice. I'm one of the blessed ones to call you brother and grow up with you. I used to be jealous of you, because I thought you were Dad's favorite. But today I'm not. Because if you were, you were the best of the Ortega bunch. You deserved that favor. (Dad insists that mom was his fav - LOL) I love all of my brothers and sisters so much, but you were the favored one, but it was God's favor that shone on you like the noon day right up until the day you flew up to heaven. I will miss you so much, but God will pour His spirit on me in a greater measure because I know you, Mom and Andy are in mom's prayer chapel praying & rooting for us to win the race. I love you for who & what you are, my brother and a true man of God. You're probably chasing deer with Uncle Joel right now in the sunshine and beauty of Heaven. Rest easy, I'll see you when it's my turn. Love always, your sister, Rose