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Ray D. Prather

Aug. 23, 1929 - Aug. 26, 2018

Date of Service: Aug. 31, 2018

Ray Dean Prather

Ray Dean Prather, an 89-year-old resident of Burley, passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at his home.

Ray was born August 23, 1929 in Park City, Utah to Ernest Henry Prather and Gwendolyn Lindsay. He married Joyce C Holt, an incredible angel and the cherished love of his life, on February 26, 1955 in Canyonville, Oregon. They were sealed in the Salt Lake LDS temple on their 10th anniversary, February 26, 1965. Ray quietly passed from this life August 26, 2018 greatly respected, and deeply loved by all he encountered.

Ray is survived by four children; Debbie Prather Pierce (Brent), Allen Ray Prather (Pam), Patti Lynn Prather Sampson (Patrick), and Shelli Dee Prather Eldredge; nine grandchildren seven great-grandchildren; two sisters Ella Juanita Lefler and Betty Jean Offret. Ray was preceded in death by his beloved wife Joyce C (Holt) Prather, parents, a great-grandson and a brother Ernest Lynn Prather.

Ray was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved the Lord. He was raised in various places as dictated by his father’s mining work. He graduated from Park City High School and entered the United States Army, where he advanced to 1st Lieutenant. Following his release from the Army, he worked at various jobs such as Sharp Engineering. He later attended Stevens-Henager College and received a degree in Accounting. Following graduation, Ray worked for Clark County Electric in Las Vegas, Nevada for a number of years. While there, they formed a deep bond with the Staheli family and remained cherished friends throughout their life. Ray moved his family to Rupert, Idaho after his work in Las Vegas and later returned to Utah, where he retired. During retirement, Ray and Joyce moved to Roy, Utah to take loving care of Joyce’s mother, LaRue. While in Roy, he became Bishop of their Ward. Ray was greatly loved and respected as he served as the Bishop; something he earned everywhere he went.

He had many very fond memories of growing up in Park City, Utah surrounded by his family, cousins, uncles and aunts. They truly knew the meaning of family and love. Ray loved camping, boating, hunting, woodcutting and just about anything else as long as it involved being with family, friends and loved-ones. He was quick to welcome anyone and all were made to feel not only welcome, but loved. Ray and Joyce quickly became surrogate parents and grandparents to family and many of their children’s friends. Ray was quick to help others in any way, wanted no recognition and was humble and grateful in all things. Before he passed he awoke and asked “have I made a difference”. Dad, you have no idea how much of a difference you have made!

The family would like to express their most heart-felt gratitude to the staff of Intermountain Homecare and Hospice for their very devoted, compassionate and loving care, especially Ilene, Stephanie, Wanda, Kay, and Mindy.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 31, 2018 at Memorial Mountain View Mortuary & Cemetery 3115 E. Bengal Blvd., Cottonwood Heights, Utah with a viewing from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral. Officiating will be Eric B. Pierce. Entombment will immediately follow.

Arrangements are under the care of Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home of Burley.