Jay F. Knight

August 22, 1939March 17, 2021

Jay F. Knight 81, passed away on March 17, 2021.

Jay was born August 22, 1939 in Des Moines, Iowa to Fredrick Wayne Knight and Rosemary (Rose) Knight. After graduating from North High School, Jay enlisted in the United States Navy. After his initial enlistment he returned to Des Moines, where he met his wife Karen and they were married at St. Theresa Catholic Church on May 27 1961. He became a police officer with the Des Moines Police Department for 12 years until he was recalled to active duty as a recruiter. Jay was transferred to New Orleans where he became the Command Master Chief of the Naval Reserve Recruiting Command. He retired in 1986 and moved to Pensacola Florida. Jay was active in the Warrington Elks Lodge, serving as Lodge Treasurer, Public Relation, District Auditor, Newsletter Editor and Board Member of Veterans Hospital. Jay was a devout Catholic and was a member of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, for more than 20 years. He was preceded in death by his parents Wayne and Rosemary, Brothers David, Peter and Sister Mary Kay. Jay is survived by his soul mate and beloved wife of 60 years Karen, the loves of his life daughters Lisa Hockenberry (Joe) and Lucinda DeGarmo, five Grandchildren, Justin Kramer (Miriam), Nikki Kramer, Heather Sanchez (Robert), Brandon Calderon (Alexandria) Ryan Calderon and Great-Grandson Nicholas Kramer. Memorial Service will be at Barrancas National Cemetery Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 1:00pm. Procession to the cemetery will meet at Oak Lawn Funeral Home 619 N. New Warrington Rd. at 12:00pm.


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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021


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March 23, 2021

Karen; It was with deep regret that I received the notification of Jay's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Jay was a great guy, a great friend and a joy to be around. He was always concerned with the welfare of his fellow Chiefs and all of the recruiter's within the Command. Marion and I send our Love and best wishes for the Lord's comfort to you and your family. Master Chief Rich Quinn

Richard Tallman

March 20, 2021

Karen and Family, It is with sincere sadness that I heard of Jay's passing. I enjoyed his good sense of humor and his great leadership as Command Master Chief of a gang of hard charging Naval Reserve recruiters who always achieved their assigned recruiting goals. We all enjoyed his friendship and jokes while we were in training at New Orleans and other nice places. Jay always gave us good counsel and cautioned us when we appeared to be imbibing a bit too much. He was a great Master Chief and we will all meet again in a sunny place where the beer is cold and all is well. Please contact me if I can be of any service to you and your family.

Chuck Peterman

March 20, 2021

Karen, we are very sorry for the loss of your soul-mate and loving Husband Jay. He was one of the nicest, kindest and generous men I have ever met. He was a shinning example of a Master Chief and an example for all to follow. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Chuck & Janet Peterman

Ted & Paula High

March 19, 2021

Karen, we are truly saddened to hear about the passing of Jay. He was exactly what you think of when you think of a kind caring and professional Master Chief. The example both of you set throughout your lives is one to be admired and respected and we consider ourselves blessed to have had you both as friends for so long. We send our love and prayers now and always.