August 1, 1924 - April 27, 2014 Ray left us on April 27. He did not go gently. Born in Chicago to Marie Balasz and John Rosner, he majored in Engineering at former Armour Institute. Ray was a map maker in the US Army from 1943-1946, located in Guam and Japan. He settled in Los Angeles after the war and received his contractor's license in 1951. He won many awards for his construction projects. Ray was active in B'nai B'rith and a member of the Friar's Club, Johnathan Club and the VFW. Always an adventurous entrepreneur, Ray explored the travel industry, Soviet medical and construction co-ventures, restaurant ownership, secondary oil drilling, raw land development, wine making, musical revue production, hotelier and author. In 1985 Ray and Dr. Bill Burke started the first L A Marathon. A friend of several artists, Ray promoted contemporary art and was a charter founder of MOCA. His most enjoyable venture was revitalizing the Chateau Marmont Hotel on the Sunset Strip, which he co-owned from 1975-1990. Ray's book, "Life at the Marmont", co-authored with Fred E. Basten in 1986, was updated and re-released by Penguin in 2013. Although known to be exasperating at times, Ray was a generous mentor of unusual energy and brilliance. All who knew him miss his positive attitude and wry sense of humor. His wife of 29 years, Sally Sydow Sarlot, brother Roland and sister-in-law Alma, brother John and sister Rhoda survive Ray. His three children, Debra Sarlot, Renee Knott, Joel Sarlot and their mother, Regina Bragato reside in Rancho Mirage. He also leaves a granddaughter Allie, great grandson Donovan and nephew Roland Jr. A private service was held. As tribute to Ray's sweet tooth, family and friends will be invited to celebrate his 90th birthday on August 1, for cake and ice cream. Support our Veterans.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 10 to May 11, 2014