Born September 25, 1938, in Falls county, Texas, he was a graduate of Duncanville High School and The University of Texas at Austin where he received a Mechanical Engineering degree. Jay began his career with Cooper Energy and White Motor Company in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Houston, Texas and Springfield, Ohio.
He and his family moved to Alice in 1978 and established EnDyn (Energy Dynamics, Inc.) along with his partner, Tracy Little. He later purchased a well-established Alice-based firm, OMS (Oilfield Motor Service) and expanded into South America with the startup of EnDyn de Venezuela.
Jay was sincerely interested in the economic development of Alice, America, and considered this as much a full-time job as running of his companies. Jay was a member of Jim Wells County Master Planners and the Board of directors of Wells Fargo Bank, Alice. He was also active in the Jim Wells county Industrial Foundation, Highway Development Committee and the Beautification Committee to name a few. For his development efforts, Jay was named “Alice Citizen of the Year” in 1996 by the Alice Chamber of commerce.
Jay’s strong faith was evident in his lifelong affiliation with the Methodist Church. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Alice where he served on various committees and taught Sunday School.
Like most South Texans, Jay loved the sport of football. He showed his support for the Alice Coyotes by serving as president of the Alice Coyote Booster Club for two years. Jay was a loyal supporter of all Alice Youth Sports Programs including all Coyote Athletic competitions, Swim Team, Boys & Girls Club, and AAU Track Programs, just to name a few. He was also an avid fan of Longhorn Football and was found tail-gating on most fall weekends in Austin in the fall.
However, anyone, associated with Jay Downes knew that every second of his free time was dedicated to the game of golf. Whether playing at the Alice Country Club or the Old Course at St. Andrews, Jay was always looking for the edge to improve his current handicap of five (5). This dedication was not limited to his game, but included volunteering his time as a past president of the ACC Board of Directors, Greens Committee and spear heading many capital improvement projects at the course, and free “professional” instruction.
Below is a statement that Jay Downes made for a Compressor Tech article written by Jake Elliott in May-June of 1998.
“This company is nothing more or less than a group of people who have voluntarily joined together in a common enterprise. The things we build, produce, service and the way we respond to our customer requirements are the direct result of our collective character.”
The statement crystallizes the thinking behind the formation of this unusual working partnership and perhaps helps to explain the respective successes that have been built upon a base of mutual respect and solid friendships.