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Harold Jacob 'Jay' Stein Jr.


Harold Jacob "Jay" Stein Jr., of Lakehills, died Thursday, March 13. He was born in San Antonio on April 28, 1955 to Harold J. Stein Sr. and Catherine Curtis Stein.
Jay grew up in the old Coker Community in north San Antonio and was a members of the Coker United Methodist Church.
With his mom and sister, he went on many wild flower and native plant hunts in north Bexar County, rescuing endangered plants from urban development. When Jay's mom received only the second bird rehabilitator license in Texas, he helped care for sick and injured wild birds - especially owls.
After losing their San Antonio home to eminent domain in 1977, the family moved to Lakehills.
After earning a BS in forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University, Jay turned down several job offers because his parents needed his help. He assisted with his dad's vending business, and he and his mom started researching the family tree. After the death of his mother in 1988, Jay devoted himself to caring for his father who had serious health issues.
He and his dad shared many interests, became best friends and together attended community events and auctions until his father's death in 2004.
Shortly after, Jay learned that he had a massive, but benign, brain tumor. Although he curtailed business, he continued to enjoy books, photography, history, nature, Christmas ornaments, auctions and genealogy, especially keeping in touch with relatives across the country. At the time of his death, Jay was still working on the family tree
A compassionate person, Jay loved his country and was a devoted and loving son and brother and supportive friend.
He is survived by his sister, Catherine Raye Stein, of Lakehills.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, March 26, at Coker United Methodist Church, in San Antonio, followed by graveside service at Pipe Creek Cemetery under direction of Funeral Caring USA.