Mr. John Kay Aldous, Jr., 61, died at his ranch in Kila, Montana on Saturday, September 24, 1994.
Kay was born November 27, 1932 in Salt Lake City, Utah to John Kay, Sr. and Claribel Aldous. He graduated from the University of Utah. In his earlier years, he worked as a journalist/sports writer for the Deseret News in Salt Lake City. After relocating to New York, he served as the director of Public Relations for American Newspaper Representatives, where he also met his wife, Carolyn DeAnn Lasater. They married on September 4, 1964 in Salt Lake City. In 1968 they moved to Washington D.C. where Kay began working for the American Automobile Association as the director of Public Relations. He then served as managing director of Public Affairs and Managing Director of Public and Government Policy before being named vice president of Public and Government Policy. In 1990, Kay was named senior vice president of A.A.A. (National Headquarters). In 1992, after 25 years of dedicated service he retired to his long time dream of a ranch in Montana. In his 25 years with A.A.A. Kay served in various roles such as: editor-in-chief and founder of A.A.A. World Magazine and Interchange Magazine. Due to his efforts with the Gas Watchers Program with the AAA Corp Relocation, AAA twice received the coveted PRSA Silver Anvil Award, he was chairman of the Presidential Alternative Fuels Council and the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, secretary and member of the Executive Committee of the Travel and Tourism Government Affairs Council during which time he worked with Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush. He served as chairman of the World Traffic Safety Foundation and was the first non-European to chair the World Traffic Commission. Kay held memberships with the U.S.A. Marketing Council, National Press Club, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), American Society of Association Executives, National Rifle Assoc.He was also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kay was a singer and lover of barbershop and sang with the Alexandria Harmonizers, a several time international barbershop group. He had served as a 2nd LT. in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1952.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn L. Aldous, Kila; sons, David C., Houston, Texas; Shane S. and Bradley L., Provo, Utah; daughter, Cindy Nelson, Salt Lake City; his mother, Claribel W. Aldous and brother, Steven, both of Salt Lake City; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Wednesday in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Bishop Don Overly officiating. Burial will be on the family farm, Ranch 66, 1255 Truman Creek Rd., Kila, Montana. Friends may call at the Johnson Mortuary, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday for visitation. The family suggest memorials be made to the National Wildlife Federation.
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