Orley Ray White

1930-2021
Wednesday, December 29, 2021

He was born April 6,1930 in Magna, Utah, to Orley and Edna. He died Dec. 22, 2021 after living the life of a good man who always tried to lift others up.

Ray grew up in Weston, Idaho, and lost his dad when he was six years old. He worked the summers riding a horse up Weston canyon to take care of the neighbors’ livestock. Always an athlete, he was awarded a scholarship to Utah State University for football. He played there with future NFL players. Ray chose to join the U.S. Navy and serve his country during the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Valley Forge. He served four years as a radarman. He also played basketball on his ship’s team and got to go up against the Harlem Globetrotters (Navy lost that game). His favorite duty was aboard a minesweeper at the end of his service.

He came home in ’54 and worked in road construction, among other things, and met JoRene in ’56. They married in Elko, Nevada. He adopted his daughter Trisa. Ray worked at the sugar factory until he landed a job with the Union Pacific Railroad. The railroad transferred him to Dillon, Montana, in ’59. Ray and Jo adopted a son, Steven, in ’63. He worked as a lineman for 10 years for the UPRR and then got a job with Vigilante Electric so that he could be home more with his family. He retired from there nearly 30 years later.

Ray loved to hunt and fish and he loved the outdoors. He served as bishop in the L.D.S. Church for five years and lived his religion without judging others. He was a volunteer firefighter for the DVFD and retired as captain after 21 years.

A friend to all, he would do anything for anyone. He wouldn’t say anything behind your back that he wouldn’t say to your face, but he’d say it with a mind to fix it. He kept his priorities straight…God, family, country, and community.

Dad didn’t want a bunch of commotion about his passing. There will be a memorial reception Jan. 3 at the L.D.S church from 10-11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to local law enforcement or a charity of your choice.

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