Fay was born on Jan. 13, 1931 in Spokane to John Frank Reilly and Barbara Cox Reilly. His first school was Glenora, south of Spokane. In the second grade, the family moved to Williams Valley west of Deer Park, where he attended Williams Valley School until consolidation. Fay then attended Clayton School for two years and graduated from Deer Park High School in 1948.
After high school, he was employed by Fred Reynolds, who owned the milk route division of Deer Park Auto Freight. This route extended to farms as far north as Chewelah and Summit Valley. Milk was hauled in 10-gallon un-refrigerated cans to Carnation Dairy on Cataldo in Spokane. In 1953, Fay was drafted and spent two years in the United States Marine Corps.
After returning from the military, he again worked for Deer Park Auto Freight. In June 1956, Fay purchased the freight division from Neb Olsen. As the years progressed, the authority increased and by 1972 Deer Park Auto Freight delivered to all of Stevens County.
In August 1960, Fay married Marilyn Meyer from Loon Lake. In April 1990 Fay sold Deer Park Auto Freight to his sons, Joe and Bob, so he could supposedly retire.
Fay is survived by his wife of 53 years, their children, Joe (Joyce) Reilly, Bob Reilly, and Linda Reilly. There are four granddaughters: Whitney, Taylor, Rosa, and Mary, and one great-granddaughter, Tatum. Fay is a brother to June, Nathan, Floyd, and Jim Reilly.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Frances, in 2012.
Memorial service honoring Fay will be at 2 p.m., Saturday July 19 at St. Mary Presentation Catholic Church in Deer Park (located at East 602 Sixth Avenue).
Fayâs family suggests donations be made to the Clayton/Deer Park Historical Society, P.O. Box 293, Clayton, WA 99110-0293, or to the charity of the donorâs choice.
Lauer Funeral Home of Deer Park is in charge of arrangements.