Fishing 01

Jay Thomas Garfall

September 16, 1971 ~ May 4, 2022 (age 50)


Jay Thomas Garfall, 50, of Scottsdale, AZ passed away far too soon, but peacefully on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.  His family and loved ones were with him to the end.  Jay was born September 16, 1971, in Denver, CO, the only child of John Edward and Karol Ann (Schroeder) Garfall.  He graduated in 1990 from Arvada West High School in Arvada, CO where he excelled in track and field and created many lifelong friendships.  He also later obtained his Bachelors in Sports Science from Denver Technical College.  During his teenage years, he spent summer months in Gunnison, CO helping his dad with wrangling on a dude ranch, and fishing on the Gunnison River.  Jay moved to Arizona over 20 years ago and worked in the fitness industry, eventually opening his own business, Fitness Depot, a fitness equipment store, in Scottsdale.  Subsequently, he joined the Renewal by Andersen team and consistently achieved top salesman status from 2017 to 2021.  Jay met the love of his life, Samantha Lombardo, in August 2012 and they were married on June 25, 2016, in Connecticut.  In addition to traveling with his wife, Jay’s passions were fishing, alpine skiing, dancing, and fast sports cars.  Jay will forever be remembered by all who knew him for his quiet, caring, and patient manner, and his wonderful sense of humor and adventure.

Jay is survived by his wife, Samantha Taylor Lombardo; her mother, Nancy Lombardo of West Hartford, CT, father, Phil Lombardo of Newington, CT and brother, Kevin Lombardo of Newington, CT;  his maternal grandmother and fishing buddy, Marjorie Jean Schroeder of Denver, CO; his Dad, John Edward Garfall and wife Kathleen (Duffy) of Gunnison, CO; his Mom, Karol Ann (Schroeder) Garfall of Arvada, CO; his Aunt Kathy Ellis of Denver, CO and her 2 children and 6 grandchildren; his Aunt Karen Augustin (late husband Mike) of Littleton, CO and her 3 children and 3 grandchildren; and his Aunt Kitt DiLoreti of Lone Tree, CO and her 2 children.  He will also forever be remembered by the numerous friends he made throughout his life.

Jay was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Jules Thomas and Mary Elaine Garfall of Johnstown, NY; his Uncle Peter of Boston, MA; and his maternal grandfather, Thomas Edward Schroeder of Houston, TX.

A Celebration of Jay’s Life will be held at a future date in both Denver, CO and Scottsdale, AZ for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center ( or to Lost Our Home Pet Rescue ( will be very appreciated.  Arrangements are being handled by Messinger Indian School Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.


You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or by planting a memorial tree in the memory of Jay Thomas Garfall
© 2022 Messinger Mortuary. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Accessibility