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Aliso Viejo CA. - Jacob "Jay" Munson, 51, died unexpectedly, at home on Wednesday 6/5/2019. He is survived by his wife, Leslie Vaughan his mother Ruth A. Munson, sister Kim Whitmore and her husband, Jay Whitmore, niece Kaitlin Smith, an extended family of aunts, an uncle, and many cousins a fantastic group of friends and his furry family Cassie, Simon and Fou. He was preceded in death by his father Robert N. Munson, his grandmother Ruth Hildebrant, his best friend William Deal, and his beloved dog Hercules.
He earned his bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Maine where he started his military career in the Air Force ROTC. He began his active duty and served his country from 1988 to 2001. He earned his Masters degree in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University and retired from the US Air Force as a Captain. After his service he went on to a civilian career where he implemented his industrial engineering knowledge to assist many departments in the military with increased production and efficiency. He obtained a Project Manager Certification, became a PADI certified SCUBA instructor and completed culinary school. His military service and civilian career allowed him to travel which broadened his adventurous spirit and widened his network of friends.
Jay loved life in so many ways. He was a great adventurer. His travels included serious trips such as climbing Denali and Mt. Whitney, and less risky, but always fun adventures in his regular travel with family and friends. He spent hours before a vacation finding the best and sometimes most unusual things to experience. He loved to SCUBA dive. Whether it was his first or fiftieth dive at a site, he found joy every time.
He found his true passion when he became a chef. He had such joy in the kitchen, trying new cuisines and finding new ways to make the mundane more fun. He loved to cook elaborate meals, sometimes taking hours on a Saturday afternoon/evening/night to prep, cook, and ultimately savor the meal with family and friends, always with great wine or beer, and music, usually themed to whatever crazy concoction he was trying that night.
He had a tremendous intellect and knew everything about everything, but not in that "I'm smarter than you" kind of way. He shared his knowledge with anyone interested to engage in conversation or debate.
He was funny--in so many ways -- dark humor, biting wit, and bad puns.
He was a true nerd. He loved Star Trek, Star Wars, rocks, bugs, games, and so many other nerdy things.
He was self titled as an "unapologetic environmentalist". He was an outdoorsman, loving to camp, mountaineer, rock climb and kayak. What an adventure he had paddling his tandem kayak with Leslie in Mexico, including 4 miles of open ocean, with her yelling "paddle faster" while she threw out their 10lb test into a giant tuna boil. He loved all animals. He had a knack for finding the best and most interesting rescue pets, whom he loved like they were his children.
He was a life long lover of the Boston Red Sox and a proud card carrying member of Red Sox Nation.
He was generous and kind and a friend to all he met. He loved a treasured few very deeply, who were lucky to have that love. He leaves a huge gap in many hearts and will be sorely missed.
A celebration of life will be held August 3rd, contact Leslie for details (ljv465@att.net). In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Center for Biological Diversity or an environmental charity of your choice.
Published on June 10, 2019
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Cesar
Jun 18, 2019
Is it naive to think that the dead will live again? The apostle Paul did not think so. He wrote under inspiration: “If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are to be pitied more than anyone. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep in death.” (1 Corinthians 15:19, 20) Paul saw the resurrection as a certainty. It was, in effect, guaranteed by the resurrection of Jesus himself. * (Acts 17:31) That is why Paul called Jesus “the firstfruits”​—he was the first one raised to eternal life. If Jesus was first, then logically there would be others.

A woman holds her Bible open and confidently gazes ahead
Job said to God: “Yo
...u will long for the work of your hands.”​—Job 14:14, 15

Here is another reason you can be sure of the resurrection hope. Jehovah is the God of truth. “God . . . cannot lie.” (Titus 1:2) Jehovah has never lied, and he never will. Would he hold out the resurrection hope, even demonstrating that he can fulfill it, and then turn his promises into lies? The very notion is absurd!

Why has Jehovah arranged for the future resurrection? Because of his love. “If a man dies, can he live again?” asked Job. “You will call, and I will answer you. You will long for the work of your hands.” (Job 14:14, 15) Job was convinced that his loving heavenly Father would yearn to resurrect him. Has God changed? “I am Jehovah; I do not change.” (Malachi 3:6) God still longs to see the dead brought back to life healthy and happy. This is just as any loving parent would wish after losing a child in death. The difference, of course, is that God has the power to do as he wishes.​—Psalm 135:6.
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Chris and Cheryl Ground
Jun 17, 2019
Our hearts are so heavy with sorrow for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time.
Bill Avery
Jun 13, 2019
One of very few I remember from my child hood smartest and most honest person I ever met
God bless
Sherrie House
Jun 13, 2019
I met Jay at a very sad time. He was stranded in New York after 9/11. Bruce and I met up with him in the city. We went to Union Square and together saw all the fliers of people who were still missing after the attacks on the World Trade Center. It was an emotional... heart-wrenching time... and something that will always stay in my heart and soul... The next time I saw Jay he was with lovely Lesley. You never know how those situations will go, but I felt an immediate connection with her and that just strengthened my connection with Jay. I don’t have words that will properly convey the sadness I feel for Lesley and the rest of his family.
Toni (Harriman) Carroll
Jun 12, 2019
In middle school we all benefitted from Jay's interests and intellect. Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.
Tonianne Baca-Green
Jun 12, 2019
Dear Leslie,
I’m so sorry for your terrible loss. You are in my heart and prayers. I’m so sorry. Love, Tonianne
Cindy (Munson) Hubbard
Jun 12, 2019
I have not seen Jay since we were children. It fills my heart to know he grew to be a man with so much love to share and a passion to make the world a better place. My sympathies and blessings to his family and friends.
Cathy (Horr Smith Chandler
Jun 12, 2019
My dear Ruth and Kimmy! I am so deeply saddened with the loss of our loving “Jay”! Sending you olivine hugs and comfort that his Dad, “Bob” surely was there to greet him! Love you all! Cathy!
Kim Eastwood
Jun 12, 2019
I worked with Jay at the Long Beach Yacht Club. He was such a kind man and a pleasure to work with. I am so sorry for your loss.
Bruce Liby
Jun 11, 2019
I am so very sorry to hear of Jay's passing. He made everything seem like an adventure, even if it was just going out for dinner. I will miss his humor, enthusiasm, and intelligence.
Debbie Munson Vorndran
Jun 11, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of Jays passing, even though we have lost touch as cousins does not mean Jay and family were not in our thoughts. Sending prayers for comfort at this different time and May Jay Rest In Peace. 🙏
Teresa Halliwill
Jun 11, 2019
My favorite memories of Jay and family was going to Jimmy Buffet concerts. Or going to Jay and Les' house for a fabulous dinner. These memories will never fade. Wonderful family memories!!
Velvet Brown
Jun 11, 2019
So very, very sorry, God Bless your family at this heart breaking time...…….
Diane (Horr) Jackson
Jun 11, 2019
So very sorry for the loss to your family. Thanks to Jay for his military service. It sounds like he lived a very full and adventuresome life.
W Phillips
Jun 11, 2019
Leslie,
I just heard. I pray that you are finding some comfort in this most difficult time. Peace be with you.
Mark Randall
Jun 11, 2019
Leslie - I am so sorry for your loss. Jay was such a wonderful, full of life and joy person. He will be deeply missed.
Leslie Vaughan
Jun 10, 2019