Professor dies of brain tumor


    By Jake Rogers

    Jay Owen Cherrington, a professor in the School of Accountancy and Information Systems died Saturday after a two-year battle with a cancerous brain tumor.

    Cherrington contributed greatly to the School of Accountancy and Information Systems at BYU. The United States flag that flies in front of the ASB, which is currently lowered to half-staff in honor of Pope John Paul II, will be lowered in Cherrington?s honor on Thursday April 7.

    ?He was one of those people who was perpetually pleasant,? said Richard Dalebout, associate director of the School of Accountancy and Information Systems. ?He always had a smile on his face and a good thing to say about you.?

    The Rollins Center for eBusiness came about in large part through Cherrington?s efforts. He was also a great teacher, and helped develop the information system for the School of Accountancy and Information Systems.

    Cherrington was also an avid runner who was still running marathons until a little more than a year ago, Dalebout said.

    ?He looked like a human greyhound,? he said. ?He was just built for running, and often enjoyed a good run a few miles up into the canyon.?

    Cherrington?s wife, Kristin, said he was a very productive person who loved his family and enjoyed working with them in his gardens, orchards and beehives.

    ?I am glad that he is able to be productive again,? Kristin said. ?The tumor kept him from enjoying a lot of the things he loved to do, like teaching, running and working in the garden, which was his play.?

    Cherrington is survived by his wife Kristin and their six children, Kelly, Julie, Tracy, Mark, Sandra and Laura.

    A viewing will be held Wednesday April 6, at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 E. 800 North in Orem from 7 to 9 p.m., and Thursday morning before the funeral from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday April 7 at 11 a.m. in the Orem East Stake Center, 800 E. 600 North in Orem. The burial will be in the Orem City Cemetery.

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