Malcolm "Jay" Mackey, 68, of Vermilion, died suddenly Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain.
Jay was born Sept. 20, 1944, in Logansport, Ind., and was a Vermilion and Sandusky area resident since 1966.
Jay was a graduate of Fremont Ross High School where he was an academic football All-American. He served in the Army from 1963-65 and was All-Army football.
Jay attended Purdue University (home of Mackey Arena) and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.S. degree, and a Masters Degree in education. From 1966-72 he was an Ohio State Highway Patrolman. From 1972-96 he was a social studies teacher and drivers education instructor with Sandusky Public Schools.
While there, Jay developed a modern 4-phase drivers education program. In the late 80s and early 90s he ran continuous projects for the Ohio Department of Public Safety for which he won the Felty Award, the first educator to do so.
Jay enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening, and was a member of the Perseverance Lodge 329 F.&A.M. in Sandusky.
On Jan. 11, 1967, he married Carolee (Williams) and she survives. Also surviving are brothers, Robert (Linda) Mackey, of Whitehouse, Ohio, and Lew (Shirley) Mackey, of Winona Lake, Ind.; sister, Barbara Adams, of Loogootee, Ind.; brother-in-law, Robert (Sandy) Williams, of Cincinnati; seven nieces; and five nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Malcolm Glass and Ellen Jane (Jones) Mackey.
The family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South St., Vermilion, where Masonic services will be at 6:45 p.m., followed by a time of sharing.
Memorial contributions in Jay's memory may be given to the Child Fund International, 2821 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294.
Condolences may be made at riddlefuneralhome.com.