Jay P. Hight, 53, Minot, owner of Hight Construction, died on Thursday, November 23, 2023 in a Minot hospital. At the time of death, Jay was surrounded by his family after his brief battle with esophageal cancer.
Jay Patrick Hight was born on March 28, 1970 in Minot to LaVerne and Patricia Hight. He was reared in Minot and attended Sunnyside Elementary School, Jim Hill Junior High School and graduated from Minot High School. He continued his education at North Dakota State University graduating with a degree in Construction Management. While attending NDSU, Jay was employed by several construction related contractors.
After completing his degree, Jay returned to Minot and joined his father at Hight Construction, a business his father established in 1982. Jay became sole owner in 2012. Some of the major projects his company built were: Zion Lutheran Church, Holiday Inn Express, Jerome’s Body Shop, Pizza Ranch,
Big O Tires, Westlie Tire, Ryan GMC, Domestic Violence Crisis Center, NDDOT Drivers License Office, Souris Valley Animal Shelter, Aspen Dental, U.S. Post Office -Stanley, 37th Avenue Strip Mall, RDO, Borsheim Crane, Tires Only, Little Flower Church Rectory and several upscale Lake Metigoshe homes. He did major remodels of Town and Country Credit Union, St. Leo’s Rectory, Little Flower Catholic Church and Scheels as well as serving as a major subcontractor for the Trinity Health new hospital. In addition, Jay was an authorized Behlen metal building dealer and Kraft Maid Cabinets distributor and received several awards from those companies. In 2022, Jay opened a branch office in Mesa, Arizona.
Jay attended Little Flower Catholic Church, was a member of NDSU Teammakers, social member of the Minot Country Club and a former member of the Minot Curling Club. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Town and Country Credit Union and served several terms as President of the Minot Magic Fund. While in college, he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) Fraternity. He received the Minot Association of Builders “Builder of the Year” award in 2009 and was awarded 5th Contracting Squadron Honorary Commander in 2015.
His hobbies and special interests centered around NDSU football as he was a pioneer for tailgating with buses and big rigs of which he had several. Jay took pride in enjoying his children’s events at Minot High School (cross country, basketball, softball and band). Jay especially enjoyed entertaining at both his homes in Minot and Arizona. He looked forward to family gatherings at Lake Metigoshe where he showed off his outdoor cooking skills before taking time to ride his jet-ski. Jay was known for his quick wit, smile and charisma. “Keep stylin’ and smilin’!”
Jay is survived by his children: Jacob and Taury Hight; parents: LaVerne and Patricia Hight; sisters: Jackie (Brad) Thomas and Michelle Hischer; nephew: Mason Hischer; niece: Madison Hischer; mother of his children: Tracy Hight and aunts, uncles and cousins.
Jay was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, December 1, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. in Little Flower Catholic Church – Minot. A livestream of the service will be available by using (Link TBD)
Celebration of the Life of Jay Hight: Friday, December 1, 2023 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Minot Country Club (1912 Valley Bluffs Drive).
Visitation: Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home – Minot.
Memorials are preferred to the NDSU Student Chapter of the Association of General Contractors (AGC), Minot Public School Foundation for Minot High School Girls Basketball, Little Flower Catholic Church Building Fund and Minot Curling Club.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com.
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