Jay "Dee" Artaz | PostIndependent.com

Jay "Dee" Artaz

Jay “Dee” Artaz, of Burdett, Kan., died Monday, March 4, 2002, at the Oklahoma University Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. He was 46.

Mr. Artaz was born on Oct. 29, 1955, in Glenwood Springs, Colo., to Hank and Dorothy Llewellyn Artaz. He graduated from Roaring Fork High School.

He married Nancy Poole on Aug. 16, 1980, in Redstone.

Mr. Artaz was a teacher and coach for School District No. 496 in Kansas, and lived in Burdett for the past 22 years.

He attended the Burdett United Methodist Church and participated in the Mid-America Youth Basketball Program. He carried the Olympic Torch through Wichita, Kan., in January.

He is survived by: wife Nancy; parents Hank and Dorothy Artaz, of Grand Junction, Colo.; son Jayson Artaz, of Burdett; brother Rick Artaz, of Glenwood Springs; and by a sister, Rhonda Palmer, of Carbondale, Colo.

Visitation will be today and Friday at the Beckwith Mortuary Chapel in Larned, Kan.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at the Burdett School gymnasium, in Burdett, with the Rev. Rob Schmutz officiating.

A graveside service and burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 11, at Evergreen Cemetery in Carbondale.

Arrangements are being handled by Beckwith Mortuary in Larned, Kan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jay Artaz “I Can” Scholarship Fund, or to the Pawnee Heights Enhancement Fund, both in care of Beckwith Mortuary, P.O. Box 477, Larned, KA 67550.

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