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RAY KOONTZ Lorry Ray Koontz, 85, passed peacefully September 9, 2016 with his wife by his side in Santaquin, Utah. Ray was born March 29, 1931 in McFarland, California to James Lee and Velma Leota Parcels Koontz, the 9th of 10 children and the last remaining of his siblings. Ray spent his early childhood in the Fresno area of California. His parents followed the fruit. They picked fruit and cotton for their livelihood. Ray, as a child, helped his family. He and his family later moved to Riverside, California. Due to his mother passing and his father's illness he was left to be on his own at age 16. At 17 he entered the Navy and was only there a short time due to his health. Ray met Irene Smith, his wife to be, at a city dance hall. Not long after they met his father passed away. On June 15, 1950 they were married at the same Presbyterian Church and the same minister that married his parents. Ray was 19 and Irene was 16. Ray and Irene joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in April of 1957 and were sealed for time and all eternity in February 1959 in the Los Angles Temple. Ray had been actively serving in the LDS Church until most recent when his health would not permit. Some of his callings included working with the Young Men and Scouts, in Bishoprics, Missionary work (his favorite thing to do), High Priest Group Leader, Temple Worker, and PFR in the Ward and Stake. Ray and Irene were blessed with four children, Lisa (David) Taylor, Laurie (Middy) Boggio, Loren Koontz, Lynn (Van) Rogers. They also have 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 17th at 11:00 am at the Woodcrest, California LDS Ward, 16930 Via Los Caballeros, with a viewing one hour prior to services. Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park in Riverside, California.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Sept. 14, 2016
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