Raymond G. "Ray" Soto
RAYMOND G. "RAY" SOTO, 53, passed away as a result of an automobile accident on Saturday, January 19, 2008. Ray was born in San Antonio, TX and grew up in Spring Branch where he attended Spring Woods High School. He attended The Art Institute of Atlanta and later became a freelance photographer. Ray is survived by a loving family, his wife Susan Soto, parents Gloria G. and Ernest R. Soto, sister, Rosemary and husband William R. Mercer, Sr., nephews, William R. Mercer, Jr. and Jeremiah A. Mercer, and by his three Dachshunds. A memorial service celebrating Ray's life will be held at 1:30 pm Tuesday, January 22, 2008 in the chapel of Waltrip Funeral Directors. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Harris County Humane Society or Dachshund Rescue, Houston.

Published by Houston Chronicle on Jan. 21, 2008.
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Susan & Family,
I am sorry for your loss. Ray was always kind and very talented.
Mieko Mahi
February 15, 2008
Susan, Adela just sent me the news about Ray. Even though I have been gone from the PHA since 97, it wasn't long ago I was thinking about the two of you working with me on a FTZ story. God be with you always. Ray will surely be missed!
Elizabeth Pylant
February 14, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss and sadness. I wanted so much to attend the memorial service, but I was ill and not able to make it. I hope to see you soon. With deepest sympathy.
Cris Chapa
February 5, 2008
Hi Susan,

I was so sorry to hear about Ray's accident. You're in my prayers during this difficult time. My sincere condolences.
Elaine Quirin
February 5, 2008
Susan,
I was sorry to hear of your loss. I wanted to come to the memorial service but couldn't. You are in my prayers.
Joan
Joan Kelly
February 4, 2008
Dear Susan,
I was shocked to hear of Ray's passing in such an untimely manner. My heart goes out to you and his whole family. May God give you comfort through friends and loved ones.
With a virtual hug,
Debbie
Debbie Scott
February 4, 2008
Hi Susan... Sorry to hear the tragic news about Ray. I just heard today thanks to a update from Niels Allund at WGMA. I wish I could have made the memorial. You and Ray are in our prayers. Please call if I can help!
Ernest Bezdek
February 1, 2008
Susan,
It’s been so many years since our high school days working at Marie Callender’s in Sharpstown, but I happened to see the news article in the paper and wanted to express my condolences for your loss.
From the comments of those who knew and loved Ray, he was obviously very special to the many people blessed to have known him. May you take some comfort in the knowledge that he truly enriched their lives during his time here and is now at peace. You are in my prayers. God bless.
David Marshall
January 23, 2008
Dear Susan,
I'm sorry to here about your loss. Ray was a great guy. I remember well our time working together at the Port of Houston. My prayers are with you and your family.
Sincerely,
David McNeel
January 23, 2008
Susan - I'm so sorry about Ray's passing. Please accept my deepest condolences. (POHA)
Jo Anna Wallace
January 23, 2008
Dear Soto Family,

Ray was always such a gentleman with a very kind soul. He had a beautiful smile and a great sense of humor. It was always uplifting to run into him. He will be so missed here on earth, but I truly believe that for unknown reasons to us, God called him on home. We are praying for you, asking God to give you peace during this time. We are grateful that we had the chance to meet Ray.
Aymara Lilienthal
January 23, 2008
Susan, I am so sorry to hear about Ray. I always enjoyed working with you and Ray at the Port. Ray always had a friendly greeting and just made the day better when you got a minute to spend with him. May God give you comfort the world can't. Much Love to You Susan and your entire family.
Mary Leggio
January 23, 2008
Susan, I just heard this terrible news today. Please stay strong and know that your friend's prayers are with you and the entire Soto family.
Don Allee
January 22, 2008
Susan,
My prayers are for you and Ray's family. Ray was a wonderful person, great photographer and someone I am proud to call friend. I'm only a phone call away. I love you.
Sheila Robbins
January 22, 2008
Susan, we are so saddened to hear of Ray's sudden passing. May you be strengthened by your many friends and God's grace to comfort you during this time.
Jo Ann & Troy Smith
Jo Ann Smith
January 22, 2008
Susan,

I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your Husband Ray. Please accept my condolences and know that my heart and prayers are with you. Please don't hesitate to contact me if there is anything you need.

With Deepest Sympathies,
(Port of Houston Authority)
Olga Rios
January 22, 2008
Susan,
Please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences for the tragic loss of your husband and partner. I pray that God, friends, family and the good times in remembrance, will help you through the rough spots. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Traci Murrie
January 22, 2008
You are in my prayers! I am sorry for you loss. God Bless
Brandi Martin (Adams)
January 22, 2008
Susan,
I was so sadden to hear of the sudden loss of Ray. You and your family are in my prayers.
Alice Capps
POHA
Alice Capps
January 22, 2008
Dear Susan,

I was so saddend to hear of your husbands passing. I can't imagine what you are going through right now, but remember his spirit will remain with you. You are in my thoughts and prayers ... God Bless!
Loren Post
January 22, 2008
I am so sorry to hear about Ray. I worked at the Port of Houston with both of you. Our prays are with you and your family.
Gay Wallace
January 22, 2008
Susan,you have my heart felt condolences in the Earth departure of Ray.While we were co-workers at the Port of Houston he always had a smile and something funny to say.I treasured the friendship we shared.His spirit will always be felt by those who knew him.
Glenn Martin
January 22, 2008
Susan, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Ray performed at our wedding, he made it very memorable. Always remember, he made so many people happy, loved you and the puppies. Our prayers are with you.
Karen and Garrett Wilson
January 22, 2008
Susan,
Please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of Ray. He was very kind to me during the time we worked together at the Port of Houston. He will be greatly missed. May GOD bless you in your time of sorrow.
Cheryl Brown
January 22, 2008
Susan,

May God's love strengthen and comfort you and your family during this time. I'm here for you always.
Amie Smith
January 22, 2008
Susan, I am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Ray's family.

Sincerely,
Mary Klohn
January 22, 2008
Susan-
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. You and your family are in my prayers.
Paige McCown
January 22, 2008
Susan,
Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences for the sudden and tragic passing of Ray. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may God provide you comfort in the coming time.
Barry Nicholson
January 22, 2008
Susan,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you can call on me if there's anything you need. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Donna Talbot
January 22, 2008
I played keyboards with Ray in "The Shadowcasters" Ray was a great man with a vision to create music. He was a talented guitar player and singer and who taught me a lot of things that I still carry with me today. I will miss Ray and give my sincerest condolences to Susan and his family.
Chris "Flash" Shockley
January 22, 2008
To the Soto Family,
We were saddened to hear of your loss. Ray was a great person and in the short time that I knew him, he left a great impression of kindness and respect for others. He will be missed.
Rick & Morgan Mapes
January 22, 2008
Nobody could imitate Godzilla like Ray. Scary.
He will be missed.
Mike Llewellyn
January 21, 2008
Dear Susan,

We are grief-stricken for you. Our hearts go out to you, both now and in the days ahead. This tragedy is indeed a great loss for all of us who knew and admired Ray.

Deepest sympathies,
John Kahl and Janet Anderson
Janet Anderson
January 21, 2008
Susan, I was so saddened to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and hope tomorrow is a celebration of a terrific life. Erin
Erin Carr
January 21, 2008
Susan, I am so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. He was such a sweet, funny, and creative man, and Shannon and I both liked him very much. My heart breaks for both of you.
Cynthia D.
January 21, 2008
I didn't know Ray well but am deeply sadden by his lose to his community, family and friends. My deepest condolences go out to his wife and family.
Steve Collier
January 21, 2008
Susan, You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband.
Tammy Price
January 21, 2008
Our sincerest and deepest sympathy to the Soto family. May your wonderful memories sustain you thru this difficult time.
Randy and Crystal Brown
January 21, 2008
Ray was such a sweet and gentle man, as well as a great talent and true professional. He always had the kindest things to say about everyone, and had a great laugh (and laughed at everyone's jokes, no matter how good they were). I am so sorry and I will hold his family in my prayers.
Penny Morrison
January 21, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Marcella Cabrera
January 21, 2008
Dear Susan,
I am so sorry for your loss. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
Mullai Murugan
January 21, 2008
Susan, I was saddened when I heard of your loss. Please accept my condolences and know that you are in my prayers.
David Nunez
January 21, 2008
Sending our prayers and strength from the photographers who worked and shared with Ray.....he will be remembered always.
Carol Andrews
January 21, 2008
We are truly sorry for your loss and sorry we didn't keep in touch. Ray was a wonderful friend to David and a blessing to our family when David passed. Please let us know if we can do anything.
Love,
Alvin & Sonia Hodgin
Sonia Hodgin
January 21, 2008
Susan,

I am so sorry to hear this news. Please know that your Chevron friends are thinking about you and your family.
Jennifer Mills
January 21, 2008
You will be missed by many.
Lori and Carl Bradley
January 21, 2008
I am saddened to hear of the loss of a good man. Ray was a person who made the world a better place through simple acts of kindness.
Tom Newton
January 21, 2008
Raymundo -- I hope that now you can enjoy your "riviera paradise". You will be missed. I am glad to have known you.
Bea Garcia
January 21, 2008
So sorry for your loss. I know I speak for many of us in the "fraternity" of professional photographers in saying that Ray will be missed.
Mark Green
January 21, 2008
Dear Susan, My heart goes out to you. I was so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. You are in our prayers.
Cathy Wicks
January 21, 2008
There aren't words that can console you're loss... Just know you are in our hearts and prayers. Please let us know if there is ANYTHING we can do to help.
Hieu Do
January 21, 2008
Susan, I am deeply saddened by the sudden loss of your dear husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Ray's family at this difficult time.
Liz Hutton
January 21, 2008
Everyone at Excargo sends their
condolensces.

They alreaady started taking up a collection before I got to work today for a memorial! What a testiment to a gentle man.
Marcia Faschingbauer
January 21, 2008
This is terrible news, I am so sorry. Ray was a great guy and a wonderful photographer. We worked together at the Port of Houston and I considered him a good friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Susan and his family. God Bless.
Lee Vela
January 21, 2008
I'm extremely sorry to hear of Ray's passing. Ray was a great friend for many years.
Hal Lott
January 21, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
Marlene Evans
January 21, 2008
My prayers of comfort go out to the family during this time. Rosemary I'm so sorry for your lose. I'm here for you as always. I love you. Cookie
Tincy 'Cookie' Vrana
January 21, 2008
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