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Dr. Ray Charles Colton, 83, passed away peacefully July 26, 1990.

Born March 23, 1907, Maeser, Utah to Charles and Nellie Hacking Colton. Married Zelma Winterton, June 18, 1937 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She passed away in 1986. Married Ruth Nicholes Miller, May 26, 1988 in Salt Lake City. Educated in Vernal and Neola, Utah, graduating from Uintah High School, where served as student body president in 1927.Served in the Asiatic Fleet, U.S. Navy, for two years, visiting China, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines. Attended University of Utah, 1928-30 and Brigham Young University, 1934-36, where he received a B.A. degree with a major in history. Served an Eastern Canada LDS Mission, November 1931-January 1934. Employed with U.S. Forest Service, coal mines at Kenilworth, Utah, as safety engineer in water tunnel construction for City of San Francisco and on the Hoover Dam to pay for his mission and education.

Taught at Wasatch High School in Heber City, one year. Taught LDS Seminary, five years, in Springville, Manti and Magna. Employed with Remington Arms and Geneva Steel during World War II. While at BYU and teaching in Heber City, he met and courted his wife, Zelma. Received his M.A. degree in history, 1946, from BYU. Received his Ph.D in history, 1954, from the University of Maryland. His doctoral dissertation, "History of The American Civil War in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah", was later published as a book.

While in Washington, D.C., he was on the staffs of Congressman William H. Dawson and Senator Arthur V. Watkins. In 1958, he became director of the LDS Institute of Religion at University of California, Los Angeles. In 1960 he transferred to Logan, Utah Institute (USU) and in 1965 to Salt Lake Institute (U of U) until his retirement in 1975. In 1968, he and Zelma were sent with other instructors for an eight-week study of Bible lands in parts of Asia Minor, North Africa and to visit Europe.

Active member LDS Church, where he served on three stake High Councils, as counselor in a stake presidency, stake M-Men director and in numerous ward positions. In the late 1970's, he served on a leadership mission to the Salt Lake Temple View Stake, where he was ordained as bishop of the 4th Ward. The leadership mission was a pilot program of the LDS Church. Ray's vibrant energy, capacity for work and testimony will be missed by family and friends. He will be remembered.

Survivors: wife, Salt Lake City; sons, Craig W., Columbia, Missouri; Kent W., Washington, D.C.; brother and sisters, Anthon (Tony), Ardis Hatfield, Bernice Rawlings, all of Orem; Miriam Perry, Provo; Lorna Cox, St. George; Edna Sargent, Sikston, Missouri; ten grandchildren.

Funeral service Monday, 11 a.m., Eagle Gate 18th Ward, 135 A St. Friends may call at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East So. Temple, Sunday 6-8 p.m. and at the church Monday, one hour prior to the service. Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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