He was born November 2, 1944 in Leadville, Colorado to Cirilo and Sadie Sandoval. The family lived in Granite at the time and moved to Buena Vista in 1952. He graduated from Buena Vista High School in 1962. Ray retired from Sangre De Cristo Electric in 2006 after a 41 year career with the Association, including his final 22 years as Chief Executive Officer. Upon his retirement, the board of directors named the new office building the Raymond J. Sandoval building. Ray was active in many local and statewide activities. He was past president of the Parish Council of Catholic Men and the St. Rose of Lima Parish Council. He was also a lector and Eucharistic minister for many years at St. Rose. He was past secretary of the Buena Vista Lions club, past member and treasurer of the Buena Vista School board. He was the public address announcer for B.V. football for 25 years. He served on the advisory committee for Colorado Mountain College and the Mountain States Employer's Council and served on the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce board of directors and was a member of Salida Elks Lodge 808. Ray also served terms as president of the Colorado Rural Electric (CREA) Accountant's Assoc., the CREA Manager's Assoc. and the Colorado Power Council. He served on the loan committee and as president of the board of directors of the Rural Electric Credit Union. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and 4 sisters. In July of 1964 he married Virginia Hoffman at St. Rose of Lima church in Buena Vista, CO. She survives him along with sons Ray of Littleton, CO, Darrin and wife Dawn Sandoval and grandson Joseph Sandoval of Arapahoe County, CO, Bradley Sandoval of Buena Vista, CO, and Andrew Sandoval of Avon, CO. Also surviving are his brother Charles Sandoval of Buena Vista, CO and sisters Mary Quenzer of Albuquerque, NM, Gerry Staley of Cedar Hills, TX, Patti Jackson of Checotah, OK, and Jeannie Breidt of Dallas, TX. In 2007, due to kidney failure, Ray and Virginia moved to Canon City to be near a dialysis unit. They still maintained their home in Buena Vista and spent weekends there. Ray enjoyed camping and fishing, riding his ATV, bowling, playing poker, visiting with family and friends, and was an avid Bronco and Nuggets fan.
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Published in The Canon City Daily Record on Oct. 14, 2013