Raymond G. Hall(1923 - 2013)

Hall, Raymond G. VISTA -- Retired "Hanging" Judge Raymond G. Hall, died in Vista, on May 19, 2013. He put as much living as he could into his almost 90 years. Ray was born July 17, 1923 in Oak Forest, IL, to Monty and Sophie Hall; the third of five children. He was a bright, mischievous child who insisted on doing things his way whenever possible. That never changed! When his high school closed, his buddies all ended up at a different school than the one he was to go to, he quit school and got a job. When duty called, he enlisted in the Marine Corps 1/43, completing basic training at Camp Pendleton. He saw extensive action in the Marshall Islands and suffered from nightmares for years. After the war, he returned to Oak Forest and served many roles: school bus driver, volunteer firefighter, police officer, and justice of the peace. He bought a gas station/garage and was a top-notch mechanic. Using the GI Bill, Ray attended Roosevelt College and graduated from DePaul University Law School. He went into private practice and later became a Circuit Court Judge in Chicago. In the early 1970's, he returned to North County, passed the California bar and began practicing law with Charles Salter in Vista. Organizations he volunteered for or was a member of in North County include: Boy Scouts, President-Vista School Board, VFW, Elks, American Legion, Tri-City Medical Center. Hobbies included: hunting, fishing, backpacking, sailing, gardening, home remodeling. Ray was also a certified SCUBA diver, licensed private pilot, and licensed realtor. In 1978, Ray was elected to the Municipal Court in Vista. He quickly earned a reputation for being tough on crime - hated by criminals and defense attorneys and loved by law enforcement and district attorneys. When Judge Hall retired he remained as active as possible despite severe back pain. His last three years were spent delighting residents and staff at Rancho Vista with his quick wit and disarming smile. The family would like to thank the staff at Rancho Vista and Seasons Hospice for the excellent care he received. Judge Hall is survived by his son Jeffrey of Vista, brother Corky (Genevieve) also of Vista, sister Doris (Elmer) Campbell of Clearwater, FL, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. Judge Hall's life will be celebrated on (what would have been) his 90th birthday, July 17, 2013, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Vista American Legion Post #365, 1234 S Santa Fe Ave, Vista. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to: Seasons Hospice 16745 W Bernardo Dr. #140, San Diego 92127 or VFW #7041, 1234 S Santa Fe Ave, Vista 92084.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune from July 7 to July 13, 2013