(1/21/1961 - 11/2/2019)
“Fair winds and following seas and long may your big jib draw!”
Jay Kirk was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 18 and spent 22 years as an Information technician and Radioman until he retired in 2001. Throughout his career he was assigned to the USS Stethem, USS Dubuque, and the USS Mahan among a handful of others. He sailed as part of the original crew, or plank owner, of the USS De Wert and the USS Carl Vinson. During his Naval career he earned the National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal 1 Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal to name just a few.
During his time in the Navy he met his loving wife, Kim, while on duty in Honolulu and after he retired from the Navy they settled in Sacramento and Jay continued working in IT privately. He was a constantly moving jack of all trades who always had at least three projects going at a time. He was a true at heart family man who loved new adventures and camping. He was also known for his outgoing, stubborn, and loud personality.
Jay passed peacefully on Nov. 2, 2019 at the age of 58 in his home in Sacramento.
He is survived by his wife, Kim Kirk, his two daughters, Lindsay (Josh) Dark and Sarah Kirk, his parents, John and Evelyn Stiglmire, and Landon and Pat Kirk, siblings, David (Linda) Stiglmire, Gayle (Fred) Bergman, Megan Broom and Patrick Kirk, and preceded in death by Mark Stiglmire. Nephews and nieces: Eric, Ethan, Lauren and Travis Broom, Nichole Bergman, Stephanie Miller and Allison Hays, great nieces and nephews: Haley, Olivia, Waylon, Rhett, Tessa, and Riley. He is also remembered by many colleagues, neighbors, and good friends.
His family is planning for Jay to have a burial at sea through the Navy per his wishes. In the future they will hold a celebration of life for Jay in Sacramento and another for his family in Kansas.