Lorry Ray Koontz, 85, passed peacefully on Friday, September 9, 2016 with his wife by his side. Ray was born March 29, 1931 in McFarland, California to James Lee and Velma Leota Parcels Koontz. Ray is the 9th child of 10 and was 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 has been actively serving in the church until most recent when his health would not permit. Some of his callings have been 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; 10 grandchildren, Elizabeth Taylor (married to Robert Olding), John Taylor (married to Nikki Redd), Melodie Erickson, Cheyenne Erickson, Craig Erickson (married to Ashley Williams), Alex Koontz (married to Amanda Woodward), Vern Rogers (married to Jenny Campbell), Krista Rogers (married to Zach Jenkins), Steven Rogers, Camron Rogers (married to Taylor Ellsworth); 13 great grandchildren, Addicus Taylor, Odin Taylor, Andrew D. Taylor, Ethan Taylor, Tavien Huffaker, Boston Huffaker, David Koontz, Mathew Koontz, Andrew J. Koontz, Emma Koontz, Loni Rogers, Reef Rogers.
There will be a viewing Tuesday, Sept. 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Brown Family Mortuary, 66 South 300 East, Santaquin, Utah. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 17th at 11:00 am at the Woodcrest, California LDS Ward, 16930 Via Los Caballeros, Riverside, California. Interment will be at the Evergreen Memorial Park in Riverside, California.