On May 4, 2017, shortly after noon, Jay Carty peacefully stepped into the presence of the Lord while wife, children and grandchildren sat by his side.

Jay had been diagnosed with myeloma cancer and more recently lymphoma. The family, seeking God’s direction, believing and contending for healing, also pursued the best of medical care.

Jay lived his last years in peace that his future and eternity is entirely in the Lord’s hands. Today, our family believes that ultimate healing has been accomplished through the shed blood of our Savior, Lord Jesus Christ, who took hold of Jay’s hand and ushered him into eternity.

Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.

Psalm 71:18


The following description of Jay’s memorable style of communication is taken from the back of one of his books.

An “unusual communicator” is a mild statement. Maybe a little “nuts” would be more accurate. He’s certainly “off the wall.” Not a preacher, not a teacher… more a story teller with a very important message. Fun, funny and provocative. Traditional, he is not. Challenging, he is. Where some “deep” preachers are too snoozy for the rank and file, and where some humorists don’t have much to say, Jay’s “stuff” is generally regarded as an unusual blending of humor and content. Youth won’t nod off, and neither will their parents. Jay Carty played basketball at Oregon State and coached there for two years. He was on John Wooden’s staff for three years at UCLA and coached Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Jay then played for the Los Angeles Lakers. Following basketball and a time in the business world, Jay directed a Christian conference center, was a church consultant with Churches Alive and in 1982 began Yes! Ministries, an organization dedicated to helping people say “yes!” to God. Jay crosses denominations and relates to a changing contemporary society as well as a broad range of age groups. Jay has spoken in churches, colleges, schools and retreat centers across the country. Jay and Mary make their home in Santa Barbara. They have two grown children.

Former NBA Player Jay Carty Dies; Here's Why He Called His Cancer 'The Best Gift God Ever Gave Me'