Sergeant Jay Bruce USMC

May 9, 1935April 14, 2014
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Alan Jay Bruce was born in Norton Kansas on May 9, 1935. His family relocated to Salem, Oregon. He was raised by parents Daniel and Mildred Casey and he was brother to Linda and Janice. He attended elementary and secondary school in Salem. Just shy of his high school graduation, in 1952, Jay enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served in the Marines during the Korean Conflict. Following his first four year enlistment, he served in the Marine reserves until 1960 and later served in the US Army Reserves until a final discharge in 1977.

He married Carol Blazek in Mill City, Oregon on November 9, of 1957. From that union came two daughters, Kristi and Diane; and a son, Michael. The young family first resided in Salem, Oregon and later settled in Beaverton, Oregon. In 1969, Jay and Carol separated but remained amicable following their parting of ways.

Jay served for 30+ years as an electronics technician for Tektronix. Following his time in Beaverton, Oregon, Jay purchased a houseboat and for 35 years, he lived on the Willamette River in Scappoose, Oregon. He was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gun collecting.

Jay will be remembered for his unique, sometimes goofy sense of humor. He always had a funny, corny joke to share or a clever play on words. Jay had many close friends who loved him as much as he loved them. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and friend and will be missed.

He is predeceased by his parents; and his sisters Linda and Janice.

Survivors include his son, Michael Bruce of Canoga Park, California; daughters, Diane Tang of Portland, Oregon and Kristi Bruce of Anaheim, California; and grandchildren: Amy, Eric, and Erin Tang of Portland, Oregon and Mckensi Palmer of Anaheim, California. A graveside ceremony and military honors, and inurnment will take place at Willamette National Cemetery, Happy Valley, Oregon, on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014, at 1:30pm.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the charitable organization of your choice. Thank You.

Arrangements under the direction of Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Portland, OR.


  • Graveside Ceremony Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sergeant Jay Bruce USMC

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Kristi Bruce

May 21, 2014

My Daddy,
A man who is strong, smart, funny, loving.....loved, missed and so much more. He will be in my heart, soul, and dreams until we see each other again. My Dad always had a joke, riddle or a play with words that he thought were way funnier then I did. ha My Dad could build or fix anything (but his illness) which he gave one hell of a fight. My Dad has always been in my life, although I was raised by my step Dad Bob that I also love so very much. My Dad and I really bonded in the past 14 yrs. I now have 2 Dads in heaven. I want you back Dad...we weren't done yet. I do know your ok, you found the Lord and resting peacefully. I love you my Daddy, Your Kristi bug

May 3, 2014

Just once more....

April 30, 2014

Karen Lewis said it all "Lucky Them". To be with him....I will carry you in my heart "Snow Walker" My tears for the many that loved you. My joy for your many gifts you gave and to have had you in my life....forever a smile on my face...thank you Jay, forever and always...Cheryl

Paul Ehrlich

April 28, 2014

My family lived behind Carol, Diane and Kristi in Beavertn. May god bless you all.

Brian Rooney

April 24, 2014

I met Jay when I was just a little guy and became your neighbor in Oregon City. You and my Dad began a 41 year friendship. I have many fond memories of sailing, fishing, shooting and eating good food. You taught me how to sail, tie knots and take an interest in a bigger world. You always had nice words for me. I will remember the many things that you taught me and your contagious laugh will carry my happy memories of you.

Dennis & Karen Lewis

April 22, 2014

Our sympathy goes out to Jay's family & friends. We enjoyed Jay SO much. Dennis & I both worked with him at Tek for many years. Will really miss the Xmas boat parades and having him at our annual Tek friend reunion every August. Attached is a photo from our Sunday after Labor Day get togethers at Bob Schmitt's house. Jay was brilliant, funny, and always a pleasure to be with. Now he is at peace and has a new audience to entertain. Lucky them!

Jane Shattuck-Simpson

April 22, 2014

I had the pleasure of working with Jay at Tektronix for many years. I will always remember his sense of humor and quick smile. Jay was very well-liked and highly thought of, he was a great technical writer and a pleasure to work with. I also have many fond memories of some great parties on his houseboat on the Columbia River. Jay will be missed.

Forrest (Woody) & Cindy Woods

April 20, 2014

So sorry to hear of Jay's passing.

April 20, 2014

Bill and I met Jay and there was an instant bond of friendship. More so for Bill since they got up at the crack of dawn to play pool at the senior center.
Jay and I exchanged recipes and that led to eating, at Jay's, local eaterys and meals at organizations. We met his family and they felt like our family, so loving and fun. Jay we will miss you and look forward to seeing you again. Rest in Peace with our love. Bill and Retta Blocksom

Elaine Grant

April 19, 2014

Jay, you will be missed greatly. I loved my "other husband". It was a joy to know you and have you as my neighbor. Sleep in peace, my friend.