LtCol Ray A. Lammon, Jr., USMC, Retired, passed away at his home in Anchorage on Saturday, October 5, 2013 after a protracted struggle with esophageal cancer. He was 65 years old. Ray was born on July 17th to Ray A. Lammon, Sr. and Ila Naomi King in New York, New York.
Ray attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, on a gymnastics scholarship, and graduated in 1971 with a degree in Psychology and Art. He completed his graduate work in psychology and counseling from the University of Northern Colorado in 1979.
Ray Lammon joined the United States Marine Corps
in 1968 and served honorably for 27 years. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1971, and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1973 after graduating from U.S. Navy
Flight School in Pensacola, FL. He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Justice School and served as a Marine Corps Legal Officer. He participated in Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of Saigon, in 1975. In 1983, he coordinated and flew the Combat Search and Rescue in Beirut, Lebanon, in support of the Multinational Peace Keeping Force after the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing. His final military billet before retirement was at the Pentagon as the Joint Action Control Officer for the United States Marine Corps, and Officer-in-Charge of the Commandant of the Marine Corps Headquarters. Ray retired from the Marine Corps in 1995.
Ray Lammon's civilian service began in September 1997 with his assignment as the Equal Employment Officer for all Air Force installations in Alaska. He became the Alternative Dispute Resolution Champion for Elmendorf Air Force Base and the Mediation Mentor for the Pacific Air Forces. He was named Director, Equal Opportunity when the Air Force consolidated EEO and Military Equal Opportunity at Elmendorf in 2007. He became the Equal Employment Officer for the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, in May of 2009, a role he performed flawlessly until his death.
Ray is survived by his loving wife, Martha Wilder, their daughter Alexandra; his sons, Jeremy and Joshua and 4 grandchildren Alexandra, Bailey, Eric and Kai.
A Funeral Service Celebrating Ray's life will be held Thursday, October 17, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at Elmendorf Chapel #2 9431 Luke Ave., JBER.
In lieu of flowers the family would like all memorial donations to be made to
501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in Ray's memory.
Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes, Kehl's Chapel.