E. Jay Whiting, co-founder of Kaibab Industries, died Oct. 20, 2000, at his home in Mesa. He was born Aug. 4, 1917, in St. Johns, Ariz.
Kaibab Industries and its predecessor, Whiting Brothers, have been known throughout Arizona and the Southwest for more than 75 years. The Whiting family interests included a lumber mill in Payson which is now the site of the Sawmill Crossing theater complex on Main Street retail gasoline stations, steel plants, cattle and real estate.
Mr. Whiting served his family's business in many capacities over the years, including as president of Kaibab. Although retired, he served on Kaibab's Board of Directors until his death.
Mr. Whiting attended high school in Holbrook Ariz. and Alhambra, Calif. Following high school, he served a mission for the Mormon church in Tennessee. His father, Earnest Whiting, was one of the four Whiting Brothers who became successful in the retail gasoline business under the name of Whiting Brothers, primarily along Route 66. While operating service stations for Whiting Brothers in Gallup, N.M., E. Jay Whiting met and married Aleen Allred Jan. 15, 1942. A short time later, he left to serve in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier Saratoga.
During World War II, Whiting Brothers entered the logging and lumber business in Northern Arizona. Upon returning from the Navy, Mr. Whiting became a logging contractor for Whiting Brothers on the North Kaibab Forest, and moved to Fredonia, Ariz. There he helped found Kaibab Industries.
Until his retirement, Mr. Whiting was a key executive with Kaibab Industries, which has been among the top 100 privately owned companies in Arizona for more than 15 years. He moved from Fredonia to Flagstaff in 1960, and on to Phoenix with Kaibab in 1967.
Mr. Whiting also was a director of The Intermountain Oil Marketers Association for many years.
Mr. Whiting led a life of service and held many leadership positions with the Mormon church, including: stake presidency-Kanab, Utah; stake president-Flagstaff, Ariz.; mission president-Oklahoma Tulsa Mission; and temple sealer-Mesa, Ariz. Temple.
He was active in Boy Scouts fund-raising and received the Silver Beaver award from the Boy Scouts of America. He also served on the American Indian Services Board for many years.
His wife, Aleen, preceded him in death on Jan. 22, 1982.
He married Fern Randall on Aug. 21, 1982.
Survivors include, his wife, Fern, of Mesa, Ariz.; one sister, Edwina Dastrup; children, Joyce and Dan Packard, Glenna and Delbert Tingey, Myrna and Dale Borden, Debra and Bob Lewis, Terry and Larry Schnepf, Trey and Tammy Whiting, Jason and Nichole Whiting, Rodney Palimo, Brenda Kutch and Charles Kutch; 36 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at Bunkers Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at the LDS Mountain View Stake Center, 1550 N. Val Vista Drive, Mesa, with viewing from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.