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Jay C. Decker

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“I was saddened to hear of Dr. Decker's passing. I met him in the summer of 1977 when I was a visiting summer term music student considering...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Gregory Barclay - Wilmington, DE

“Although I was not a musician, Dr. Decker influenced my education at Wichita State greatly when I took one of the core requirements for a liberal...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Greg Rohloff - Amarillo, TX

“Jay was, without question, a musician and conductor of the highest caliber. For that alone we mourn his loss. It was the character of his soul,...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Rodney Miller - Wichita, KS

“Dana and Dan, can't believe it's been 20 something years since I have seen you at Paddy Ryan's. Your Dad was one of the sweetest people. One of my...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Toni Olvera-Hays - Wichita, KS

“I was a young professor at Wichita State University in the late 70's, and Jay was a wonderful guide and friend to me at that time. I wouldn't have...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Jeffrey Irvine - Cleveland, OH

“Jay was a great friend. We will miss him very much. Love to you Phyllis and the family. Bill and Diana Thomson ”
6 of 24 | Posted by: Diana Thomson - Wichita, KS

“Hands down, one of the nicest men I ever met. So very sorry he is no longer with us. ”
7 of 24 | Posted by: Diana Kitch - Wichita, KS

“My heart is with you, Phyllis. You were fortunate to have been blessed with many loving family members and good friends! ”
8 of 24 | Posted by: Deb Brewer - Norman, OK - family

“Dana, Debbie and Dan, sorry to hear of your loss. The music in heaven will no doubt be a little better. Such great memories of swimming and hanging...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Richard McCroskey - Overland Park, KS

“Oh, the many memories -- from the Decker and Stewart kids at Coleman and our love for music with our daughter Kristin in youth orchestras from 9th...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Bob Keefer - Wichita, KS

“Dana, Debbie & Danny- so sad to hear of the loss of your wonderful dad. What a special man he was! What a loss for you and Wichita. I have such fond...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Lisa Hilts Benson - Edmond, OK

“Phyllis I now lived in Henderson NV to be near my daughters. I learned of Jay's death through a relative and wanted to get in touch with you. Jay...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Lois Hubbard - Henderson, NV

“A dedicated and talented cellist, conductor and educator. Most heartfelt condolences to Dana, Debbie and Danny, with fond memories of our first trip...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: James Varah - Rome, Italy

“My deep condolences to Jay's family and friends. He was an important mentor to me throughout my time at WSU and WSO, and helped me in so many ways....Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: David Schepps - Albuquerque, NM

“Hugs and sincere sympathy to all of the Decker family....Dana, to this day, I have always wanted to play the cello because of you, and your talented...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Jo Elaine Copeland-Hansen - MO

My son & I at his first YPC as his mom AND his teacher. “He has been a true inspiration to me throughout my lifetime. I remember watching him conduct the Wichita Symphony during Young People's Concerts...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Heather Fusilier - Wichita, KS

“Hugs to Phyllis and family. Wishing you many treasured memories from a life very well lived. ”
17 of 24 | Posted by: Suzanne VanSickle Eastman - WA

“My love to all Jay's family....with fond memories of times with him and you. He is surely conducting heavenly orchestras and glowing with that love...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Mary Gay Twa - Gold Canyon, AZ

“Thinking of all of Dr. Decker's family and children. I am so sorry for your loss. Treasure all of your wonderful memories. ”
19 of 24 | Posted by: Susan Keeling-Herrick - Topeka, KS

“Our deepest condolences on the passing of such a wonderful and talented gentleman. We have always enjoyed the many treasures that Dr.Decker brought...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Dennis & Teresa Ulrich

“Jay was my best High School friend (East High School class of 1952) and I have followed his life and career with interest and kept in touch with my...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Ron Roberts - Lee's Summit, MO

“Always kind and caring gentleman. ”
22 of 24 | Posted by: William Hercher - Wichita, KS

“This talented, kind, and good-natured man will be so missed by the many people whose lives he touched. I am grateful to have known Jay! Sending...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Sherry Freund - Palmerton, PA

“So many wonderful memories of Dr. Decker!My very first memory of him was when I auditioned to get into the youth symphony program. I was having...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Chelley Graves - Wichita, KS


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Jay passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017.

Jay was a resident of Wichita, Kansas at the time of passing.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the W.S.U. School of Music Jay C. Decker Scholarship Fund, c/o WSU Foundation, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0002 or Wichita Symphony Orchestra, 225 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67202.

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