James “Jay” Christopher Carmer
James Christopher Carmer, PhD, died unexpectedly from a stroke on September 9, 2017, at Immanuel Hospital in Omaha.
Born in Lyons, New York, July 19, 1948, Jay was preceded in death by his parents Myron and Ruth Carmer and one brother John. Jay is survived by his wife Annette Carmer (Lincoln), son Brent Carmer (Portland, OR), daughter Justine Carmer (Lincoln), and one sister Nancy (Southern Pines, NC).
Jay spent the majority of his professional career in Lincoln, Nebraska, as a clinical psychologist until the time of his death. One of his first jobs in Nebraska was at Immanuel Hospital in Omaha.
Jay enjoyed exercising, photography, and nature. He was out for his morning run when he had a stroke. He was noticed by a Lincoln police officer who sought help. Jay’s most recent photo shoot, months in the planning, was of the eclipse over the state capitol in Lincoln. A dedicated bird watcher, his children like to tell the story that he taught them to recognize bird calls before they could speak.
Jay was quietly generous with his time and talents for family and friends. Professionally, he gave extra support to those with the greatest needs in order to better their lives and the world. He continued giving even in death, donating to the Nebraska Organ Recovery System. The family likes to think he donated his two humerus bones, hoping that his sense of humor would live on.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to The People’s City Mission online or send a check in James’ name to People’s City Mission P.O. Box 80636, Lincoln NE, 68501.
Cremation. No visitation. An informal memorial gathering for Jay will be on Saturday, September 16, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 8550 Pioneers Blvd. in Lincoln.
Condolences for James “Jay” Christopher Carmer
On behalf of the staff of the Northeast Service Unit, we extend our condolences. Most of us never had the chance to meet Jay, but we are blessed to be working with his wonderful daughter Justine. It is evident from Justine’s intellect, sense of humor, and profound caring for her community that her father was a wonderful man.
Dear Annette and family,
My heart goes out to you at this sad time. I will keep you in my prayers for the strength you will need over the next days, weeks and months. Life is fragile and I’m glad you and Jay lived it to the fullest. Take care and let me know if there is anything I can do.
Kathy Johnson, PhD
Psychologist / Gifted Liaison
Everett Elementary School
1123 C Street, Lincoln, NE
Dear Annette, Justine, Brent,
You are in my heart. What a tremendous loss to the world and to us.
With sadness and love,
So sorry another Carmer has passed away. They were such leaders in Lyons and apparently Jay continued that roll in Lincoln Nebraska. My condolences to the family.