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    Posted: 11 Jun 2021 at 4:28pm

Jay N. Whiting

Jay was born in Wausau on March 13, 1941, to Virgie and Welcome Whiting. He attended John Marshall Elementary School, Wausau Junior High School (now John Muir Middle School) and Wausau High School (now Wausau East High School). Not only was Jay an exceptional student, but he excelled at athletics. He was the only 9th grader in history to be brought up to play with the senior high school basketball team and he was a top player on the basketball team under Marshall Taylor through his senior year when he was conference high scorer and first team in the Big Rivers Conference. He returned from Germany in late summer of his senior year as one of the first exchange students from Wausau High School just in time to play quarterback for another one of Win Brockmeyer's winning teams. In the spring of his senior year, he was also a key member of Bill Smiley's track team.

Jay graduated from Wausau High School as the Henry Brush Huntington Scholar. He received an appointment through Congressman Melvin Laird to the United States Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1963. He delighted in telling the story of being a walk-on for the Academy basketball team and being surrounded by a group of players recruited in advance who were much better than any of the teams he had played against before. He went back to concentrating on his studies and that paid off because in 1961, Jay was accepted into one of the early classes of Admiral Rickover's nuclear power program. This was a very prestigious appointment, not unlike being accepted into NASA's astronaut program in those early days. He served on nuclear submarines for several years and then married Kathleen Brady in 1966.

While at the Academy, he was also accepted into the JAG program and at UW Madison for Law School. After being married, he asked to be released from the nuclear power program to pursue a JAG career but Admiral Rickover refused to release him so he retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant. Following his retirement from the Navy, he was accepted into the executive training program at Merrill Lynch in New Haven and built a successful career as a commodities broker.

Jay and Kathy built their dream house in Essex, Connecticut and enjoyed many years there with their daughters Kristin and Heather. The family eventually moved back to Wausau, so Jay could care for his aging parents. He worked at Robert W. Baird and was able to enjoy time on the Prairie River where he spent hours fly fishing and improving the river bank and the land around his fishing cabin. A veteran fly fisherman once said that Jay was a better fly fisherman than many of the guides he had fished with in Canada. Jay volunteered at the Performing Arts Foundation and was very active in the Rotary Club and the Boy Scout Council, having become an Eagle Scout at the young age of 14.

Jay is preceded in death by his parents, Virgie and Welcome, brother Jim and sister Sally. He is survived by his wife Kathleen, daughters Kristin Whiting (married to Peter Madden) and Heather Whiting (married to Manfred Whiting) and eight grandchildren, Grace and Ella Madden of New York City and Faye, Ginger, Zsolt, Zygmunt, London and Lyme Whiting of Munich, Germany.

Jay will be remembered for his love of family, passion for fly fishing, incredible work ethic and engaging conversation over a dry martini (or two).

A celebration of Jay's life will be held in Wausau on Friday, July 30. Memorials may be given in Jay's memory to the Wisconsin River Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited (WRVTU) 811 Second Street Rothschild, WI 54474. All memorials will be directed to facilitate habitat work on his beloved Prairie River and will be matched by an anonymous donor.

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