John Clinton Best

February 5, 1930July 5, 2014
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John “Jay” Clinton Best, age 84, of Palm Coast, FL died on July 5, 2014 in the Florida Hospital Hospice Center in Palm Coast. He rejoined his 9 siblings after a 4 month battle with brain cancer and pneumonia. A native of Duquesne, PA he resided in Palm Coast since 1987. He served in the U.S. Navy as an Electronic Technician from 1951 to 1957. He then served as a Computer / Electronic Technician for IBM where he worked in Madison, WI from 1957-1962, Appalachian, NY from 1962-1966, Cape Canaveral, FL from 1966-1973 and Manassas, VA from 1973-1987. His most memorable work experience was working with NASA during the Apollo and Sky Lab Programs. He was a very active member of the Palm Coast Methodist Church serving as President of the Men’s Club, President of the Bowling League, usher and assisted in many of the Men’s Club activities. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy Ann Best, son Jeffery Best & wife Julie of Waveland, MS and daughter Lori Mastrostefano & husband Tony of Manassas, VA, and granddaughter Alexa Mastrostefano of Alexandria, VA. Services will be held at Volusia Memorial Funeral home, 548 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach. A visitation will be held Wednesday, July 9, 2014 from 10am-11am with the Funeral Service to follow at 11am. In lieu of Flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 9, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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December 2, 2014

Nancy & Family
I am so sorry for your loss. I was a shipmate of Jay on the USS Wahkiakum County LST1162. I've been corresponding via Christmas Cards for many years. John was a man to be admired. Whenever we had a malfunction of the equipment in the Radio Shack John was there to fix it no matter what time of day or night. I never heard Jay complain once, not even when he got seasick and lived on oranges and crackers. God bless you Jay. My sincere condolences to the Best family.
Bud Howard (RM2)

Bob Marple

July 7, 2014

The highlight of my daily walks were when I was able to see and talk to Jay during the last 27 years when we would talk about our families and our Boy Scout history. I'm going to miss Jay's quiet demeanor.

Tami Davis

July 7, 2014

My sincerest condolences for your loss; my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Marcelo Barreto

July 7, 2014

Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. We'll continue to pray for comfort and healing to the family.

Ellen Crichton

July 7, 2014

I'm so sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Rebecca Downey

July 7, 2014

Dearest Nancy, Jeff, Jule, Lori, Tony, and Alexa,
We are so sorry we can't be there for the service or to give each of you a big hug in person. Jay was a lovely man with an easy smile. He was a fabulous dancer. He will be missed.
Much love and many prayers for peace,
Rebecca, Andrew, Norah & Charlie

Maria and Pete Furze

July 6, 2014

We are very sorry for your loss. We will continue to think of, and pray for the entire Best family.

Andrew and Debbie Brown

July 6, 2014

We are so sorry for your loss. May you now find comfort in your wonderful memories. You are in our hearts and prayers.
Love, Andy and Debbie