|Birth: ||Dec. 9, 1919|
|Death: ||May 7, 2008|
Jay Robert Kump, whose baseball creation "Jay Kump Field" became synonymous with Babe Ruth Baseball and youth sports in Elko, Nevada, passed away at the age of 88. Jay was born Dec. 9, 1919 in Clarion, Utah, to Catherine and Jacob Kump.
Jay moved to Elko in 1935. He worked initially for Gordon Griswold and later found work at the the Rio Tinto mine. On an excursion to Elko for parts he met the love of his life, Charlotte Reed. There was live music at the Towne House. He asked her to dance and they never stopped dancing. Jay and Charlotte married less than a year later, in 1940. That same year, Jay went to work for the Western Pacific Railroad. The WP trained Jay as an electrician and he worked in that capacity for the WP until his retirement in 1979. He loved the railroad and often commented a train whistle was music to his ears. Jay and Charlotte managed the first city swimming pool before moving to Lee, where they owned and operated the Lee store for a decade.
When Jay and Charlotte returned to Elko, Jay found the community was lacking in youth sports. Together with his children, Jay built a Babe Ruth baseball field out of a parcel of sagebrush and brought the Babe Ruth program to Elko in 1952. The field was officially christened "Kump Field" in 1959. Jay ultimately became a Babe Ruth state commissioner and was inducted into the Babe Ruth Hall of Fame in 2000. Jay's civic life extended well beyond youth baseball. For decades, Jay was the personification of Santa Claus each year, delighting children in Elko, Lamoille and Jiggs. He was active as a Boy Scout leader, achieving the "Order of the Arrow." He was also elected to the Elko City Council in 1975. Despite his varied activities, Jay's true passion was his family. For years, he served a full hot lunch for family members each Thursday. He loved family reunions, gardening, knitting hats and scarves for friends and relatives. He enjoyed baseball to the very end, attending the games of his great-grandsons as late as Monday evening. Jay was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Charlotte Reed Kump. He is survived by his sons Jake (Karen) and Moyal (Karen); his daughter Marva (Jim) Santina; grandchildren Jeff (Tania) Kump of Elko, Greg (Staci) Kump of Richland, Wash., Colette (Tim) Wickersham of Elko, Krista (Dave) Chamberlin of Elko, Casey (Brooke) Kump of Prineville, Ore., Brian Kump of Wauconda, Ill., Mike (Kelly) Santina of Phoenix, Ariz., Scott (Emily) Santina of Tappahannock, Va.; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Jacob Kump (1889 - 1929)
Catherine O'Donnell Kump Hiatt (1898 - 1996)
Charlotte Reed Kump (1918 - 2006)
Albert O'Donnell Kump (1917 - 2005)*
Jay Robert Kump (1919 - 2008)
Arlo Zachariah Kump (1921 - 1993)*
Glen Willis Kump (1923 - 2006)*
Myrtle Kump Nichols Fraughton (1925 - 2002)*
Edwin Levey Kump (1928 - 1928)*
Elko City Cemetery
Created by: Judy Lu
Record added: May 14, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26818017
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Jay was a delightful person, so fun to be around. He and Charlotte stood up for my parents when they got married here in Elko. They both will be greatly missed by all of us who knew and loved them.|
Added: May. 14, 2008