Ray M. Bain

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Ray M. Bain DIMMITT - Ray M. Bain of Dimmitt went to be with his Heavenly Father on July 2, 2013. He was surrounded by his family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at the Kenneth Cleveland Gymnasium at Dimmitt High School in Dimmitt, Texas, with the Rev. Rance Young and Dr. Silas Short officiating. A reception celebrating his life will be held at the First United Bank Lone Star Room in Dimmitt immediately following his service. A private burial will be held at the Bain Family Cemetery located on the Bain Ranch in Floyd County, Texas. Arrangements are being handled by Colonial Funeral Home of Dimmitt. Ray was born Dec. 7, 1937, in Plainview. He graduated from Plainview High School and attended West Texas State University. He married Barbara Lewis on June 14, 1957, and they recently celebrated 56 years of marriage. Ray began his full-time banking career in 1960 in Plainview. His banking career spanned 53 years, primarily in the Texas Panhandle and South Plains of Texas. He served as president and CEO of First United Bank from 1987-2013. He was a well-known pillar in banking and a strong and devoted community leader. In 2012, Ray was recognized with the Panhandle/South Plains Bankers Association Distinguished Banker Award and was recently honored by his peers with the Texas Bankers Association 50-Year Banker Award. His philanthropy has been recognized by numerous entities, including having received the Pinnacle and Legacy Awards from West Texas A&M University. Ray was also actively involved and recognized for his civic efforts, which included being recognized as Citizen of the Year in Perryton, Texas, and Citizen of the Year and Citizen Through the Years in Dimmitt. Ray received what he termed "one of the biggest highlights of my life" recently when West Texas A&M President Dr. J. Patrick O'Brien presented him with an honorary Doctorate of Business Administration degree. Ray was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Son Seekers Sunday School Class in Dimmitt. Ray enjoyed watching his eight grandchildren participate in various activities, including participation in FFA livestock shows and playing baseball. He also loved working at the family ranch. He loved his fellow "Stars" of First United Bank. Survivors include his wife Barbara of the home in Dimmitt; one daughter, Nancy Seybert and her husband Jim of Perryton and their children Miles, 26, of Lubbock and Jacy, 23, of Oklahoma City; two sons, Mark Bain and his wife Heather of Lubbock and their children Ryan, 14, Brayden, 12, and Raegan, 9, all of Lubbock; and Mike Bain of Canyon and his children Rhett, 16, Lexie, 14, and Raylee, 10, all of Canyon; a brother Hugh Mack Bain and his wife Peggy of Plainview and family; sister-in-law Janet Bain and her daughter Shanna Pritchard and family of Plainview; brother-in-law Bob Lewis and his wife Ann of Fairfax, Va.; and a sister-in-law, Nina Landers and her husband Bob Landers of Muleshoe and family. He is preceded in death by his parents, George D. Bain and Irene Ritchey Bain; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Barnie Lewis and Artie "Jack" Lewis; a brother, William Bain; nieces, Kathy Landers Bostick and Kristy Landers; and a nephew, Clifton Pinnell. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Bain Athletic Center, c/o WTAMU Foundation or the WTAMU College of Business, WTAMU Box 60766, Canyon, TX 79016

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Dimmitt, TX 79027
(806) 647-4444
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Published in Plainview Daily Herald from July 4 to July 5, 2013
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