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Ray Flachbart, 67, died Thursday, July 12, 2018. Ray was born June 5, 1951 in Cleveland, Ohio, the younger son of William and Dorothy Flachbart. Ray and his older brother Ron attended Catholic schools from kindergarten through high school and both brothers attended Padua High. After high school, Ray pursued his undergraduate degree in religious studies at Cleveland State University. During the summers of college, he worked at Loyola University's Institute of Pastoral Studies in Chicago. After graduation he moved to Chicago to pursue the first of two graduate degrees from the University of Chicago. His first degree was in Social Science, with an emphasis on urban planning. He returned for a second master's degree in business after working as a city planner in Hammond, Indiana for three years.
Helping others was always a core value for Ray. After he completed his Master of Business Administration degree, he pursued a career in healthcare management. Ray worked for a hospital administration consulting firm and then joined Prudential Insurance. While with Prudential he was transferred to Connecticut where he met his wife Marybeth. They were married in 1989. Together the family moved to Houston, Texas, where Ray eventually joined Blue Cross. In 2001 Ray became CEO of Blue Cross of Idaho (BCI). BCI attracted Ray because it is both non-profit and private. He deeply believed that everyone deserves high quality healthcare and that no family should have to go into to debt because of illness.
Ray served as CEO of Blue Cross from 2001 to 2012. During that time, he was an active member of the BSU Foundation, the Boise Chamber of Commerce, and a supporter of the Idaho Food Bank, the Women and Children's Alliance, the American Heart Association, and various other non-profits serving the community. He was among the early supporters of Idaho Business for Education, a coalition of nearly 200 business leaders focused on improving Idaho's education system.
While his professional accomplishments are many, his greatest love was always his family. His children remember him as a man who was never far from a snack and who would wear anything his kids bought for him, including a memorably ugly Hawaiian shirt that he wore for years. His favorite expression when disciplining his children was "For future reference…" His handwriting was so bad that when he once wrote a school excuse note for son Nick, the teacher thought Nick had forged it. Family friends will remember him as a good-humored and welcoming host who presided over everything from spur-of-the-moment meals to large gatherings celebrating Halloween, Marybeth's favorite holiday.
Ray and Marybeth have three children, Nick, Rachel, and Katie, and two grandchildren, Bella and Conrad. He is also survived by his brother, Ron Flachbart. Ray's two purposes in life were to serve others and to care for his family. We are all better people because we have been loved by Ray
Ray's life will be celebrated at 5:30 PM on Monday, July 23, 2018, at the Stueckle Sky Center on the BSU campus. A reception will follow the service. Remembrances may be left for Ray's family on his webpage at www.AccentFuneral.com. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 208-888-5833
Memorials may be made in Ray's name to the , National Headquarters 225 N. Michigan Ave. Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or the Idaho Foodbank, 3562 South TK Avenue, Boise, ID 83705-5278.
Published in Idaho Statesman from July 14 to July 17, 2018
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