Judge Jay Elmer Banks, 81, passed away peacefully August 28, 1998, after a lingering illness. He was surrounded by his loving family.

He was born September 28, 1916, in the family home in Salt Lake City, Utah, a son of John Elmer and Emma Mae Smith Banks.Member of the LDS Church serving in many positions. He was the youngest person at that time to receive his Eagle Scout award at the age of 13. Attended East High School and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Political Science and Law. Soon after he was a Lt. Commander in the US Navy, World War II.

He was Chief Criminal Deputy in the Salt Lake County Attorney's Office. Later elected as District Attorney where he served 16 years until he was appointed Judge in the Third Judicial District by Governor Calvin L. Rampton, where he remained for 14 years until his retirement on September 28, 1986. He was known throughout the criminal justice system as being "firm but fair".

Married Ruth Black Larsen on March 10, 1949, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is survived by his wife of 49 years and four children, Jayna (Wayne) Butler, Alan Russell (JoAnn), Shelley (Michael) Burleigh, and Carolyn (Thomas) Hambleton, all of Salt Lake City; sister, Marva Banks Lindsay; 15 grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Max and Lyle, and a son, Lyle Randall.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 1, 1998, at the Butler 1st Ward Chapel, 2700 East 7000 South where friends may call 10:30-11:45 a.m. prior to service. Interment Salt Lake City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the American Cancer Society, 941 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84106.

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