Oct. 6, 1922 - Nov. 1, 2012
Clarence Raymond Fisher, 90, known to all as "Ray", passed away peacefully in his home Thursday morning, November 1, 2012.
The son of Luther Fisher and Inda Doerr Mitchell, he was born October 6th, 1922, and grew up in St. Louis, MO, Buckeye, AZ, and El Centro, CA. During WWII, he served in the South Pacific in the Army Air Corp, spending time in New Guinea and Australia. After the war, he returned to the Imperial Valley and worked for Garin Company. During that time, he met Betty House. They were married June 25, 1947, and celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary before she left us in 2009.
Ray worked for the IID, first as a hydrographer out of Western Division and later on as Maintenance Supervisor. In his free time he was a handyman to family and friends
When addressed as "Mr. Fisher", he'd always say, "Call me Ray." When grandchildren Courtney and Kelly came along, they thought his name was "Honey" as that is what they heard Betty call him all the time. So, later in his life, he gained a new name. When more grandchildren came along, Taylor, Jeffrey, Emily, and Michael entered the picture, the name was passed on.
He is survived by his two children, Chuck Fisher (Carol) and Marilyn Burt (David). Grandchildren and great-grandchildren are Courtney and Geoff Holbrook of Imperial, with their children Addison, Samuel and Benjamin; Kelly and Jerry Woestman, of Lakeside, CA, and their son Grayson and daughter Aubrey; Taylor and Trisha Burt, Las Vegas, Nevada, with London Marie and Emmett; Jeff and Jennifer Burt of El Centro, and their soon-to-be born little boy; Emily Burt, Flagstaff, Arizona, and Michael Burt, El Centro. Additionally he is survived by sister–in-law Karye House of El Centro and sister-in-law Margaret Dickson (Bill) of Lake Arrowhead; and brother-in-law, Ray House (Marlene) of Indio. He also leaves behind his beloved adopted family: Keith, Mary, Jenny, Jim, Michael and Neil MacGaffey, who gave him laughter, friendship, and thousands of phone calls.
The family expresses gratitude for those caregivers who tended to his needs during the last months of his life, especially Jair Loera and Maria Miramontes
Services for Ray will be held Saturday, November 10, at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel at Hems Brothers Mortuary in El Centro. A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 10:00. In lieu of flowers, family members suggest a donation to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a child advocacy group, at 229 S. 8th St, Suite B El Centro, CA 92243.