Harold Paul Jay McFarland, 69

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Harold Paul Jay McFarland, 69, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at his home in Kalispell. Jay was born on Feb. 13, 1941, in Miami, to Harold and Jacqueline (Stewart) McFarland. He moved to Nampa, Idaho, at a very young age, where he was raised and attented schools. Jay enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1961. While in the military, he received his GED. He was honorably discharged in 1965. He married Arlene Jensen in Kalispell, in 1969. Jay worked for the PFE Railroad in Nampa from 1972 until 1977, transferred to the Burlington Northern in Spokane, from 1977 until 1982, then moved to Tigard, Ore., where he worked for PAC Tank and Therm Tech as a welder. He worked for Pierce RV in Kalispell from 2007 until the time of his death. Jay enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, playing with his grandchildren and working on old cars with his sons. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold McFarland Sr.; mother, Jackie Pooler; and his father-in-law, Edward Jensen. Jay is survived by his wife of 41 years, Arlene, of Kalispell; sons, Jason McFarland and Jarod McFarland, both of Kalispell; daughter, Jayme Gafford, of Texas; a sister, Dorothy Blair, of Hemet, Calif.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Twyla and Rocky Stoddard of Kennewick, Wash., and Christine and John Hale of Utah; mother-in-law, Beth Jensen, of Kalispell; grandchildren, Jayla, Sarah and Ashley, Jayden, Justice, Dalton, Dylan, Kyle, Jordan and Nicholas. A celebration of Jay's life will be held at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 20, at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home. Military honors will be conducted in the parking lot by the United Veterans of the Flathead Valley and the Montana National Guard. You are invited to go to www.buffalohillfh.com to leave messages or sign his book.

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