Jamie Fay, director of sales and marketing and the assistant general manager at Chambers Bay, was killed in a tragic accident August 29th when a tree fell on his moving car during a powerful windstorm in the Tacoma area.
The 36-year-old native of Vancouver, Washington, had worked at the 2015 U.S. Open host site since 2008 and, prior to that, at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Oregon.
Fay was driving home from Costco with his three-year-old daughter in his Subaru station wagon when the accident happened at about 10:45 a.m. Saturday morning, according to Seattle Times and News Tribune reports. His daughter was unharmed.
Jordan Spieth’s caddie Michael Greller, who once caddied at Chambers Bay and was married on the property, tweeted his condolences and told local TV anchor Aaron Levin that Fay was “a gentle soul with an infectious smile.” Fay played a significant role in coordinating Greller’s wedding.
RIP Jamie, your love and joy was always felt by all. Prayers to your family and the entire Chambers Bay family. Love you man.— Michael Greller (@michael_greller) August 30, 2015
The storm brought wind gusts of up to 40 mph inland and up to 70 mph on the coast, causing almost 20,000 people to lose power according to Tacoma Public Utilities. Fay was one of two casualties, the other a 10-year-old girl, Samara Iereneo, who was hit by a falling branch in Federal Way.
Donations can be made to the Fay family by visiting this link. As of Tuesday morning, more than $35,000 had been raised. The following text is taken from the GoFundMe page.
On August 29th 2015 Jamie was coming home from Costco with his daughter, Eilee, when a tree fell on the car. Both were taken to the hospital. Thankfully Eilee only had a few bumps and bruises, but Jamie was taken from his family too soon. Jamie was a wonderful guy with a goofy sense of humor that delighted his daughters, and a love for his wife that was steady and strong. His passing was abrupt and unexpected, leaving behind 2 young daughters and his wife, Jen. Jamie was the sole breadwinner of the family. Please consider donating to help his family financially through this unimaginably difficult time. Money will go towards funeral expenses, food, and basic necessities. We can't help their grief or pain, but we can help lightened the financial burden, leaving Jamie's loved ones with one less thing to worry about.
The outpouring of love & support has been & continues to be overwhelming. To all who donate and send prayers and thoughts, we thank you. #JF— Chambers Bay Golf (@ChambersBayGolf) August 31, 2015
We are saddened by the news of the passing of @ChambersBayGolf asst. gm Jamie Fay. Our prayers go to his wife, daughters, family and friends— kempersports (@KemperSports) August 31, 2015
To support the Fay family, visit http://t.co/rJroguJCuT— kempersports (@KemperSports) August 31, 2015