Jasper N. ‘Jay’ Burt

December 15, 1940 ‒ October 05, 2017

Marion, Ohio

Jasper N. “Jay” Burt, age 76, of Marion, Ohio, was given his wings on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital surrounded by his loving family following complications from a recent fall.

On December 15, 1940, Jay was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the oldest of three children born to the late Jasper F. and Dorothy Belle (Wise) Burt.  As a family, they moved to Marion, Ohio, for his father’s executive position with the Whirlpool Corp.  He graduated from Marion Harding High School in the class of 1958, where he was a member of the track and cross country teams along with several other sports and activities.

Furthering his education, Jay attended Muskingum College for his undergraduate degree, graduating in 1962, again participating in cross country.  He then attended Ohio Northern College, completing his law degree in 1965.

Upon returning home from college, Jay started his legal practice, Jasper N. Burt Law Office, where he proudly served Marion and the surrounding communities for 51+ years.  Jay dedicated himself to countless work and civic endeavors, and was hoping to practice for many more years to come.

Jay found a great legal assistant for his practice, Victoria “Vicki” Young, who eventually became his partner in life too.  They were married on March 12, 1983, and cherished every moment with one another for their thirty-three years together.  Over the years, they shared everything, especially a love of traveling.  They shared many unique experiences and adventures on their travels, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, helmet diving in Bermuda, parasailing, and on and on.  Their favorite trip together was to Hawaii, and they were each hoping to visit there again.  Vicki preceded Jay in death on April 3, 2016.

Always giving back to his community, Jay served and was past president of numerous boards, including Marion Noon Kiwanis and Goodwill Industries.  He and Vicki also supported the Salvation Army.

Marrying into the Young family, Jay quickly realized he needed to be an avid Pleasant supporter.  He was elected to the Pleasant School Board, serving multiple terms.

A man of deep faith, Jay was an active member of the Marion First Church of the Nazarene, where he served as a deacon.

In his spare time, Jay loved to golf.  He had a great group of friends he loved to golf with, and make no mistake about it, Jay always played to win.  He even sunk several holes in one over the years.  Jay also was an avid sports fan and was one of the Ohio State Buckeye’s most enthusiastic supporters.

The most important time of year for Jay was always Christmas time, where he found joy in everything related to the season.  He loved putting up Christmas lights and decorating the house.  He loved watching everyone open their presents to see their reaction to his thoughtful gifts.  He truly made Christmas special for his family, who all meant the world to him.

Embracing every moment with his grandchildren, one of their favorite pastimes together was fishing in the pond behind his home.  While they never caught the truly “Big One” the pursuit has created lasting life long memories for the little people in his life.

Putting it mildly, Jay had a zest for life.  When he went to Cedar Point, he wanted to ride the biggest and fastest roller coaster.  When he played anything, he played to win.  Jay lived his life to the fullest, and did so with a joyful spirit that uplifted whoever was in his presence.  Jay and his ornery smile and outgoing personality will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Left to cherish his memory are his three children: Christopher (Lesley) Burt, David (Justina) Burt, and Alissa (Nick) Martin; a step-son, Toby (Lisa) Hensel; nine grandchildren: Reagan, and Grayson Burt, Justin, Madison, and Delanie Burt, Lucas and Lennox Martin, and Jaden and Addison Hensel; two sisters: Dorothy Jean Burt of St. Joseph, MI, and Debra (Burns) Baxter of Nassau Bay, TX; several nieces and nephews; and three special canine companions: China, Bella, and Cookie.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017, at the Marion First Church of the Nazarene, 233 W. Church St., Marion.  Services celebrating his life will also be held there at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, with Pastor Steve deWeber and Dr. Steve Estep officiating.  Burial will follow in Pleasant Cemetery.  Everything will be completed in plenty of time to get you home to watch the OSU game, which would have been a priority to Jay.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Local Schools, Jasper & Victoria Burt Scholarship Fund, 1107 Owens Rd W, Marion, OH 43302.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to have been chosen to serve Jay’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Dear Family,

    We were very sad to hear of Jay’s passing. Jim has many fond memories of him, especially those from the annual Naples Golfing trip. Jay touched many lives and we are all blessed to have had him in our lives. May you find comfort in your memories of him.

    Prayers for strength during this difficult time.

    Jim and Marty Beaver

  • Jay was a dear soul…always smiling and ready to assist in any way possible. Our friendship started in mid 1980’s and we did many things together, OSU basketball games, as well as many road trips to play the game he loved, and a special golf trip to Florida in 1987 where i got to meet his son David while he attended Flaglar College in St Augenstine..He was always there for me and my family and I will miss him dearly…He is with his Heavanly Father and has only started his Eternal Life in paradise…

  • Deepest sympathy to Jay’s family and friends. Worked with Jay in the early 1980s thru business. We were honored to have Jay and Theresa at our wedding. Jay was knowledgeable and had great insights into people and Marion. Fly high Jay.

  • Jay was a wonderful person. Always willing to help, always smiling. A dear sweet soul that will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My deepest and most sincere condolences to his children, may the Lord he served comfort you during this time.

  • So sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed. Jay was such a nice and giving person. Always so thoughtful to others. So grad I had the opportunity to know him. He is in a much better place now.

  • Our friendship has endured more than 35 years, and what a friendship it was! From Valerie and my first “official” date to see Chubby Checkers in concert, to our days as fellow Kiwanians, to our many rounds of golf, trips to Florida and more, Jay (and Vicky) were tremendous people who loved to laugh, and this is what we will miss the most. Our sympathies to your entire family, whom he was so proud of. Jay’s commitment to his family, friends and community was nothing short of outstanding. Our world is a better place because of him. Unfortunately, we are unable to attend his funeral, but we believe Jay would want us to enjoy our planned 34th anniversary celebration weekend. God bless! –Dan and Valerie Wigton

  • Mr. Burt was such an amazing man! He helped my family in so many ways. Always smiling and his stories…oh my, he loved to sit and talk. Anytime we had a meeting with him, we could expect to be at least an extra hour. He will be greatly missed.
    Jamie Heine &Hope Dean

  • Jay is one of the first friends I made when I arrived in Marion in 1988. His engaging personality and laugh always lit up a room. We served in Kiwanis together for 6 years, and he did some legal work for me. One of the most trusted men I know. Always enjoyed talking with him regardless of the subject. I’ll miss you my friend. RIP, Jay.

  • Though miles and years had always separated us, my childhood memories of you Jay were brought into conversations throughout my lifetime. Going to your track race at Muskingum College and watching you present a case in the courtroom brought moments of pride for my big brother. Mesmerized as a child by your watermelon eating skills, where you were able to consume mouth fulls of juicy red fruit somehow stashing away the seeds in the pocket of your cheek then launching them like a machine gun into the sink! Envying your culinary skill of slicing a cantaloupe in half and filling it with vanilla ice cream. I have yet to this day, known anyone so creative! Yes brother, you are always in my thoughts, I am proud of you and what you have accomplished in this world. Your sons and daughter have all followed your path of success, so rest in peace, you lived life to its fullest here on earth.

    Much love today and always,

  • Dear Chris and Family:

    I was so sad to learn of your dad’s passing. He was a wonderful man. I’m forever grateful for his guidance and help to my father when my mom’s passing was near five years ago. I was with my dad when he met with your dad and I must tell you that your dad was incredibly proud of you, your siblings and all of your families. His face lit up when talking about you all! What a wonderful and caring person — someone I’m glad to have met. Best wishes for much love and peace to all of you.

    Carol Claypool Taylor

  • My deepest sympathy to Jay’s family and friends! I am a member of the Marion Harding High School Class of 1958 and have fond memories of Jay. My last memory
    was in 2013, our 55th reunion. I will try to forward a couple great pictures from that
    reunion, if it is applicable in the condolence. Jay always had the neatest, most sincere
    smile and seemed to enjoy life to its fullest! He will surely be missed by so many..

  • Jay was the best boss and friend anyone could have. It was my pleasure to work for May and Vicky for 10 years. Even though I left, we stayed in contact and shared many laughs. He will be missed in the legal community as well. He gave many attorneys their first start and support. God gained another angle. God bless his children at this time.

  • Jay was in my Harding High School class of 1958, and a great classmate, always friendly, always smiling! Just as I remember him at our 55th reunion in 2013, where we had so much fun, so many laughs, and I met his wonderful wife, Vickie.
    My sincere condolences to his family in this great loss of a father, grandpa, and
    friend to many.
    Sue (Montgomery) Harruff

  • Jay was my amazing boss for 10 years. I enjoyed working for he and Vicki. I am very sad to hear of his passing and my deepest sympathy and condolences to his sons and daughter, Alissa. Jay was a great member of the community, always giving back. Jay had a huge heart and always made us laugh in the office. I miss his laugh and jokes. Jay enjoyed life and truly loved his family. Gone but never forgotten. Fly high Jay!

  • David, Chris, Alissa and families, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad! I have so many great memories. Every time I saw him, he always made a fuss and gave me huge hugs! He was so eager and proud to give me updates on your successes. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to come to the viewing, but you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you can find comfort in the fact that he is with our Creator. He gave back and loved life to the fullest! Doesn’t get much better than that. Take care! God be with you!

  • Dear Family,

    It is indeed with great sadness to learn of Jay’s passing . I wish to express my
    condolences to Jay’s family and friends. There are so many family remembrances
    of Jay especially in his younger years. He was a special member of the Burt
    family and carried on many of the outstanding talents of his parents and the
    generations of Burt family members who came before Jay. My thoughts and
    prayers are with each of you during this difficult time.

    With Blessings and peace,
    Uncle Arthur A. Burt