Joseph “Jay” Martin Jimboy, age 81 of Oklahoma City, passed away on July 17, 2021. Jay was born on August 2, 1939 in Talequah, Oklahoma to Benjamin and Bessie Jimboy (formerly Anderson). Jay was the owner and operator of the small independent, family-owned diesel repair shop, Diesel Service, Inc. in Oklahoma City His honesty, integrity, and truthful nature earned him a lot of respect amongst his peers in the industry. Before opening up the diesel shop, Jay briefly worked for Metropolitan Paving as well as White Motor Company for over eight years.
Jay was always an honest, truthful, real-to-the-core person. Born Native American, Mr. Jimboy was a member of both the Creek and Seminole tribes. He did not learn English until attended a Native American boarding school as a young boy. He came from very humble beginnings, but was always a big dreamer. Jay decided at a very early age that in order to make something meaningful out of his life, he would have to work hard for it. He was a real, genuine self-taught outdoorsman, only because as a youngster, there was no other choice than to learn how to survive. When his sons were growing up, Jay coached their football and baseball teams, becoming a father figure for many young men over the years. He even raised one of his grandsons as his own. Throughout his life, you could often hear him telling his sons, or later one of the young men he mentored in sports, “If you want something, you better get to work”. Some of his team members even stated that if it weren’t for Mr. Jimboy keeping them in line, many of them would have ended up in prison. He did not allow disrespect, and he never hesitated to tell someone they were wrong. He taught them to be proud, respectful, and to take care of the things they worked so hard to obtain. Years after Jay had stopped coaching, the kids remembered him and from time-to-time, in the most random places, members of the Jimboy family would be stopped by former players asking, “How is Mr. Jimboy?”
He put his heart and soul into his diesel business, and with his hard work and determination, created a legacy for his family through his hard work alone. With the day-to-day business operations, it was a full-on family affair, with daughter Dee taking care of all the financials, and sons Benny and Jay working in the shop.
His best partner however, in business and in life, was his wife of 63 years, Pat. She always encouraged him to follow his dreams and to live his absolute best life. Despite his success later in life, Jay always remained humble, never thinking or acting like he was better than anyone else.
Jay was preceded in death by his mother and father, Bessie and Benjamin Jimboy; his only daughter, Dee Jimboy; and one grandson, Tristen Davis.
He is survived by many family members and friends, including his loving wife, Pat; two sons, Jay and Benny Jimboy; sons-in-love Stacy Davis and Lonnie Jimboy; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. Jimboy will begin at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, July 21 at the John M. Ireland & Son Funeral Home and Chapel located at 120 South Broadway in Moore, Oklahoma.
Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, July 22 at the Lynlee Mae Chapel located at 507 E. Main Street in Moore, Oklahoma.
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