Family business to close
After 60 years and three generations, Jaycox Construction is closing
A Webster City business is closing down operations after 60 years in business.
Jaycox Construction will hold a sale today and tomorrow at the company’s shop, 1712 W. Second St., to sell many of the businesses’ tools and other items.
Jaycox Construction was started in 1960 by Roger Jaycox. He had worked with a partner for a few years, before he decided to strike out on his own. He worked out of his garage on Nancy Lane for a time, before purchasing the shop on West Second Street.
“We did a little bit of everything,” said Lynn Jaycox, Roger’s son. “Dad was a really good cabinet maker. I could do it too, but he was better and quicker.”
Lynn Jaycox started working with his dad in 1966 and later, Lynn’s brother Rodney joined the business as well. And often, they learned on the job from their dad.
“Dad made me figure how to build my first set of steps,” Lynn said. “He said, ‘you can figure it out.’ I guess I came pretty close.”
The construction firm built homes all over the area, and for some customers, they built multiple houses. There were a few office buildings in the mix, but mostly they built comfortable homes.
“We’ve worked for a lot of good people. So many good people,” Lynn said.
When Roger retired in 1990, Lynn and Rodney became co-owners of Jaycox Construction Inc and after a few years, Scott Jaycox, Lynn’s son, came onboard. Rodney, who had built a strong reputation as a skilled finishing carpenter, passed away in 2011 at the age of 57.
Lynn said he enjoyed working with his dad, brother and his son.
“I tried to be not so much like my dad, but I guess every son tries to do things differently than their dads. I’m sure Scott did that, too,” said Lynn.
According to Scott’s wife, Juli, Scott learned a lot from the family of carpenters.
“He not only learned all of his mad carpentry skills from Lynn, Roger and Rodney but he learned what it meant to be a good man, husband and father,” she said.
Working together, the father and son usually didn’t have to speak to know how a job needed to be done.
“They (Lynn and Scott) didn’t always have to communicate verbally to get things done,” Juli said.
When Lynn retired about five years ago, Scott took over the reins of the business and continued the tradition building homes around the area.
“Scott understood what quality workmanship meant and not taking short cuts,” according to Juli. “He also learned to help out a friend in need without expecting anything in return. We all miss him like crazy.”
Scott Jaycox, the third generation of his family to work in the construction business, died suddenly on July 18.
With his passing, the business closed.
“It’s just sad that it’s done,” said Lynn Jaycox. “Now, we’re down to clearing out the shop.”
The tag sale will be held Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the following Saturday as well.