Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Jay Richard Sletten, BHS '67, (1949-2001)

SLETTEN, RICHARD – Coll. Prep. Plans to go to LA County Gen. Hosp for X-Ray training. (BHS '67 Ceralbus)

Jay Richard Sletten
(5/18/49 - 12/28/2001)

Just received this sweet but sad note from Jay's sister, Pam.

Jay was a great guy... We went to Miller, Muir and Burbank High together and I am sorry to read this...

Hi Cathy,

I have no earthly idea how I found your blog tonight. I guess it must have been fate. You have done a magnificent job on it.

My brother, Jay Sletten (BHS graduate 1967) died in 2001 of a brain hemorrage. It was extremely quick, he was in no pain. He was with me one second and gone the next.

He had been a neuclear technologist at Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills for more than 25 years. He loved his work very much and was so brilliant. His colleagues lovingly called him "Dr. Jay" as he was able to interpret a scan quicker than most of the radiologists.

Losing Jay was the most difficult loss - our dad died 4 months prior to him while our mom died 3 years earlier.  He left behind a beautiful daughter, Amanda, who was only 17 when he died. She is an amazingly strong woman today. I have two kids and three grandkids. Jay sadly never met the grandkids.  I miss him terribly.

I was very saddened to see the loss of Ken Moore on your blog. He and Jay were best buds during their teen years. Matt Hagge was also a part of this three-some. Jay used to refer to them as "Me, Matt, and Moore".

I am so glad to have found your web site.

Pamela Sletten Vargo
BHS '70

Click and scroll down to see a few more pics of Jay from Miller
Blog posts

Pam just sent me Jay's obituary

Sletten, Jay Richard

Died December 28, 2001. Loving father of Amanda, brother of sisters Pam Vargo and Sheila O’Kane; uncle of Christopher Vargo and Lisa Vargo Lindsay.

Born May 18, 1949 in Glendale, CA. Jay was a long time employee of Kaiser Permanente of Woodland Hills in the Department of Nuclear Medicine, and a passionate woodworking hobbyist.

Memorial services will be held at Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills, on Thursday, January 3, 2002 at 6:00 PM in Auditorium A and B, Entrance 5.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Heart Association.

Received this today from Pam...

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