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Raymond Milton Close Obituary
September 1929 - January 2014

Raymond Milton Close was born September 13, 1929 at his parent's home in Martinez, California. After sharing 84 years of youth with all, he is once again with his parent's Hermann and Hanna, as well as other family members and friends who have long awaited the reunion of his company.

Ray proudly served his country, and others, as a volunteer in the US Army Air Corps for four years and re-enlisted in the US Air Force for another two years. Staff Sergeant Raymond Close was honorably discharged after serving from 1947 through 1953. Ray spent a significant amount of time on Guam. Honors received include; the Occupation Medal Japan, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. We will miss the stories that he shared of serving, and greatly appreciate him and all of our country's service men and women.

Ray later retired as a Civil Engineer and Public Servant, working for twenty years in the interest of Yuba County's citizens through the Department of Public Works. Prior to Yuba County, he also worked for; American Pipe and Construction in Hayward, the City of Watsonville, Alameda Water District in Fremont, Shell Oil in the bay area, as well as other engineering related jobs. Ray's service included providing engineering design work and experience on projects for; Pipelines, Reservoirs, Subdivisions, Roadways, Survey Party Chief, as well as providing other services.

In 1976-77, Ray's attention to detail led to uncovering an ongoing land fraud scam in Yuba County. In 1981 the public was made aware of the scandal. The District Attorney had received sufficient technical data and research from Ray to support legal action and was able to obtain a significant amount of money for Yuba County. More importantly, Ray's actions lead to the California Title Industry revising their procedures, preventing the same type of fraud from occurring in the future.

Once Ray retired from Yuba County, he was sought after by other employers and returned to work in the private sector for MHM Engineering and Surveying in Marysville California. With this final retirement, and the passing of his mother, Ray moved to Portland Oregon to be closer to his grandsons.

Ray is survived by his twin sons, who he raised as a single parent, and their wives; James and Carole, Wayne and Penny. He also leaves behind his two grandsons, Logan and Garrett Close. Ray was, and continues to be, a huge part of their lives. Ray also leaves behind his awesome sister Evelyn Harriet Fahy, her daughters Eileen and Sheila, and their families who are still present and accounted for. Lastly, Raymond leaves behind his card partner, 90 year old Marge Wirick, Penny's mom, and his 24/7 best buddy, Jake - a moderately overweight Corgi who was Ray's primary consultant on exercise.

Ray peacefully moved on. He was a gentleman of which the likes are very rare to find in today's crowded world. Ray was a man who all could learn from through his example and caring nature. In Ray's last actions, the final lesson we discover becomes all too known. Ray Close has shown us how the loss of one man can suddenly make such a crowded world become so empty. Please take our love with you and pass it on to the gang Ray, thank you for everything.

Ray contributed several times a year to; the Human Society, Salvation Army and the Portland Rescue Mission.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Jan. 26, 2014
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