Don Jay Frischknecht
November 10, 1950 – April 1, 2021
Don “Jay” Frischknecht, age 70, passed away at home, surrounded by his loved ones, on April 1, 2021. He was the son of Donald Frischknecht and Gail Jean Hamblin, born in Mt. Pleasant Utah on November 10, 1950.
Jay graduated from Granite High School in 1969. He lettered in tennis and was a proud member of the Madrigal Choir.
He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the California Central mission from 1970-1972. He spoke Spanish so well that the people thought it was his native tongue. He loved the people he served and always had a soft spot for his hispanic brothers and sisters.
Jay and Sandy met on a blind date. When Jay arrived at the door they were surprised to see that their outfits matched exactly. They went to a wedding reception and all night people called Sandy ‘Mrs Frischknecht’. Three weeks later Jay proposed. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple December 5, 1972.
Jay worked his way up from apprentice to journeyman in the floor covering industry. When his knees gave out he went from salesman to sales manager to business owner. He and his company had a reputation for quality work. He was more of a humanitarian than businessman, and he helped many people and many good causes. If you look in his tool box it’s empty - he loaned or gave everything away.
For the past 9 years he worked transporting railroad conductors and engineers where he made many friends. They loved his stories and jokes. He had a near photographic memory and amazing people skills.
Music spoke to Dad’s heart. On family rides he would turn off the car radio and sing and teach all the songs he learned as a boy. Singing around a campfire, record nights and dancing with dad are favorite memories. He loved karaoke nights and the Tabernacle Choir. Especially his Tabernacle Choir Christmas DVD collection.
He loved the Frischknecht family farm in Manti, the mountains surrounding it and hunting with his dad, brothers and son. He always looked forward to the changing of the leaves in the Fall. He taught himself to yodel. Whenever he was in the mountains he would look for an echoing canyon to test it out.
He enjoyed reading, golfing, swimming and gardening. Dad had such a sweet tooth. A junk run meant going to the store for candy only. A road shortner was candy or soda to sweeten the grandkids ride home. Coke in a bottle, the smells of coffee and new carpet will always remind us of him.
Dad loved to tell jokes and always had one ready to share. He would tell the best stories using his hands and raising his voice to keep his audience entertained.
Dad loved to watch football and basketball games, especially when his grandsons played. He was the best cheer leader and not afraid to be loud. Three cheers for our Dad, Hip Hip Hooray. We love you Dad!
He is survived by his wife of 48 years Sandra Knight Frischknecht; 5 children: Kim (Chad) Wilson, Jenni (Matt) Finlinson, Clint Frischknecht, Alicia (Cooter) Larsen and Hallie (Casey) Hales: 16 grandchildren; his mother Gail Hutchinson; and siblings Greg (Vicki) Frischknecht, Wade (Linda) Frischknecht and Phyllis (Norvil) Dallin.
He is preceded in death by his father Donald Frischknecht and his brother Mac (Tania) Frischknecht.
Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park South Valley, 13001 South 3600 West Riverton, Utah, April 9, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.
Friday, April 9, 2021
Don Jay Frischknecht
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April 25, 2021
Jay was such a kind caring man. He was a friend to everyone he knew and loved by everyone who knew him.
April 17, 2021
Jay was a noble man. Who put his family first. I remember him as a man of honor and integrity. The world is a little poorer. Our lives are a little emptier.
April 15, 2021
Sandy and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Jay's passing. He was a light in so many lives. We cherish the memories of his time in our life and the Karaoke group. We were just talking last week about his wonderful voice and how he would sing with Allen and Craig, Sons of the Pioneers Songs. He always put a smile on everyone's face and just lit up the room. Love and prayers for you and your family, he will always be remembered with love.
Maridee Taylor & Allen Spencer
April 9, 2021
Sorry to hear this another friend from class of 69. God bless the family. He was a good friend.
April 8, 2021
Jay was my buddy from the premarital world! I knew him the second I met him! The unexplainable thing is that he also knew me! I had never been to SLC and he had never been to Wyoming. I was in SLC to babysit my niece while my sister looked for work. Jay knocked on her door when he saw the family had returned from a trip. He was dressed in a white shirt and tie.. he said he would return after he finished his "home teaching " what ever that was! I was not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints so I was clueless! As promised, he returned. We were so emotionally connected...like friends who hadn't seen each other for a very long time. He was easy to talk to. I felt I could confide in him...he felt the same way...I had a tremendous fear of dying. He nearly laughed when I told him, assuring me I had nothing to fear. He said dying will be a joyful time of reuniting with loved ones who were in Heaven waiting for us. He told me about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and that I never will be alone. I didn't understand the presence of the spirit of God, the Holy Ghost, but I and he were covered with goose bumps! I could literally feel the presence of celestial beings around us...I had never before experienced anything like this. He ran to his house and got a Book of Mormon. He opened it to several pertinent scriptures, remarking that he didn't know why he was finding the passages so easily...we literally shared our thoughts and fears with each other that night until after 2:30 AM on my sister's front steps. He told me through tears that what he had shared with me was true! He told me if I asked Heavenly Father in prayer if what he had taught me was true...that he would let me know!
Upon retiring that night, I offered my first prayer...and instantly I received electricity from the tips of my toes to the top of my head...I knew then as I know now that the Gospel of Jesus Christian and
His Doctrines are true. I will forever be grateful for JAY!
Jackie McKee Olsen
April 5, 2021
Sorry to hear about your loss. Jay will definitely be missed! Lots of good memories we share with his family in the rodeos and having the family as such great neighbors. God bless your family as we mourn with you. I pray for your hearts to be healed! Sending much love your way!❤️💜💕🐰
April 5, 2021
Sandy & family ,
So sorry so hear about Jay we loved him dearly we send our love and prayers to you at this heartbreaking time .
Rod & Mary Anderson