In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Jay Kyle Perrin, 1932-2023

Jay Kyle Perrin, 1932-2023
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Jay Kyle Perrin, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel in Japan, died Sept, 6, 2023. He was 91.

Kyle was born Feb. 25, 1932, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, to the late Lee Elmore Perrin and Mary Perrin. He received the Bachelor of Arts from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, the Master of Arts from University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and his Doctor of Education degree from University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.

He married Margaret Lois Joplin on Feb. 27, 1954.

Before his appointment with the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board), he served in various positions in colleges and universities, as well as worked for the Ada Evening News. His last job before accepting the call to missions was as the Dean for Academic Affairs at East Texas State University in Texarkana, Texas, from 1978-1986.

In 1987, the Foreign Mission Board appointed Kyle and Margaret missionaries to Japan. There, he used his experience in academia to teach, mentor and disciple college students.

Kyle is preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret, and son, Fred Perrin.

He is survived by his wife from his second marriage, Peggy Johnson Perrin, and a son, Paul Perrin (Rosemary).

A funeral service was held Sept. 11, at Great Bridge Baptist Church, in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Read an obituary here.