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13001 South 3600 West, Riverton, UT


J Anthon Ferrell

April 11, 1927December 30, 2019

J Anthon “Jay” Ferrell passed away December 30, 2019 at the age of 92 in South Jordan, Utah. He was born April 11, 1927 in Bingham, Utah to James Anthon and Almira Oliver Ferrell. He resided most of his life in Seattle and Marysville Washington. He is the second oldest of 8 children, the oldest passing away at birth.

During his younger years, Jay spent many hours farming and ranching in Wenatchee and Ellensburg, Washington, Lehi, Utah and Hardin, Montana. Jay served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Texas-Louisiana Mission from December 1947 to December 1949. He attended Brigham Young University, where he met his wife, Jackie Hansen, and they were married in the Salt Lake City Temple on June 24, 1952 by Elder LeGrand Richards. Jay transferred to the University of Washington where he received a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He spent his professional life at The Boeing Company where he was one of the chief engineers for the design of the 737 aircraft. He was also involved in the design of several military aircraft. At the time of his retirement, he was head of Research and Development for commercial aircraft.

Jay was very devoted to service in the Church. His responsibilities included Bishop, Stake Presidency counselor, and Mission Presidency counselor. He was instrumental in the purchase and establishment of Ensign Ranch (originally named Circle LDS) in Cle Elum, Washington. He was the first Branch president of the Asian Branch of the Church in the Seattle, Washington area, where he built up the missionary work among new refugees from Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. He served as Mission President in the Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission for the Church from 1989 to 1992. He also spent many years as a sealer in the Seattle Washington and Oquirrh Mountain Utah temples.

Jay married Nellissa Crowley Hyde on July 16, 2004 in the Seattle Washington temple. They served 24 months in the Family and Church History Mission in Salt Lake City beginning in January 2006. They then moved to Bluffdale, Utah.

Jay was preceded in death by his wife Jacqueline Hansen Ferrell, daughter (Diana) Linda (John) Farmer, his parents, and siblings Elizabeth, Richard, and Sharon Bartleson. He is survived by his wife Nellissa Crowley Ferrell, and children Sallie (Cliff) Nielson, Jaelene (Ivan) Starr, Mary (Dan) Wilcox, Jim (Jackie) Ferrell, Becky (Dave) Callister, Kate (John) Asbury, 34 grandchildren, and 51 great grandchildren. After marrying Nellissa, this added 5 children, 23 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren to his life.

The funeral service is Saturday, January 4, 2020, 11:00 AM at the LDS church building located at 14242 South Loumis Parkway, Bluffdale, Utah. A viewing preceding the service is from 9:30-10:45 AM. Family Funeral Care in Riverton is handling the services.

There will be a memorial service on January 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm at the LDS church building, 14901 30th Ave. NE, Shoreline, WA. A family graveside service at Acacia Memorial Park, 14951 Bothell Way NE, Shoreline, WA will precede the memorial service.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 11, 2020

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