Captain John I. (Jay) McDonough Volusia County Beach Patrol Florida End of Watch: Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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Captain John I. (Jay) McDonough
Volusia County Beach Patrol

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: 52
Tour of Duty: 13 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Captain Jay McDonough suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in a department training exercise. He was jogging in the area of International Speedway Boulevard and South Peninsula Drive when he collapsed.
He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Captain McDonough served as a member of the Volusia County Beach Patrol for 13 years. He is survived by his wife, son, father, sister, and brother.

Agency Contact Information
Volusia County Beach Patrol
515 South Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32118
Phone: (386) 239-6414
Please contact the Volusia County Beach Patrol for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.


John "Jay" I. McDonough II, 52, known by his family as "Jay-Bird", passed away suddenly, Wednesday, February 16, 2011. The Family will receive friends on Thursday, February 24, 2011, 6-8pm at Lohman Funeral Home Daytona. Services will be 11am at First Baptist Church Daytona Beach on Friday, February 25, 2011 with Pastor Lowell Lucas, Pastor Rod Palmer, and Chaplin Ron Fussel officiating, followed by honors and services at Daytona Memorial Park Cemetery.

He was born December 15, 1958 in Fairmont, WV and his family moved to Daytona Beach in the summer of 1960. He attended St. Paul’s Catholic School, Campbell Middle School and graduated in 1977 from Flagler Palm Coast High School where he was President of the Student Council and became a volunteer fire fighter for the Flagler Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

This was the beginning of Jay’s passion for helping others and taking care of his community. Jay enjoyed sports and played baseball from Little League all the way through college. In fact, he received a full scholarship playing baseball from St. John’s River Community College. Two years later he was offered another full scholarship from Valdosta State University. He graduated from Valdosta State University in 1981 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management.

After graduating college he joined his father, Thomas I. McDonough, helping him run Volusia Feed and Farm Supply in Samsula, FL. After the feed store was sold he began working for the Volusia County Beach Patrol doing maintenance. He loved to tinker and fix anything so he was a perfect fit for the department. It wasn’t long though and he decided he wanted to become a lifeguard. He couldn’t think of a better job than to be at the beach and be there when help was needed. After several years of being a lifeguard he was given the opportunity to cross-train to become a member of the Volusia County Beach Patrol.

His whole family was so proud of his accomplishment when they watched him graduate from the Police Academy December 19, 1997. He served as Police Officer and ATV trainer for the Beach Patrol until most recently when he was promoted to Captain. Jay was a well respected and admired police officer. In 2000 he opened his own business, J-Mac Industries, Inc. producing all-terrain wheelchairs that he sold to parks and beaches all over the United States. These chairs gave those with physical limitations the opportunity to enjoy beaches, parks and rural sites. He was very passionate about this venture.

He and his son, Darrell, lovingly built each chair by hand. In 2010 he organized the First Annual "Run For Those Who Can’t" 5k on Daytona Beach, sponsored by VSLA to raise funds in order to provide more of these chairs to the Volusia County beaches. Jay loved being outdoors and anything to do with the water. His other passions were fishing, water sports, spending quality time with his family and friends and anything to do with turtles. He was also a pilot and enjoyed motorcycles, NASCAR and watching baseball with his dad.

He was always the life of the party, providing kind words, practical jokes, or a shoulder. Whatever was needed he was there. Jay was the kindest man you would ever meet. He would give you the shirt off his back and every penny in his pocket if you needed it.

Extraordinary does not begin to describe this incredible man. He was a husband, father, son, brother; uncle, mentor & friend and he will be missed by everyone that he touched. Jay was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara J. Arnett McDonough. He is survived by his loving wife, Judy B. Aycock McDonough; son, Darrell E. McDonough; and two beloved dogs, Logan and Punky; father, Thomas I. McDonough; step-mother, Beverly W. McDonough; sister, Carol J. McDonough Stair and husband John (Bill); brother, Thomas R. McDonough; two nieces, Jennifer Lynn Stair Stickle and Christine Stair Barnette; nephew, Travis O. McDonough, & great-niece, Payton Lynn Stickle.


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