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Death: Raymond H. Walton

Raymond H. Walton, 79, of Provo, was freed from the effects of Parkinsons Disease, February 6, 1998 while at Robbins Friendship Center, Orem, Utah.

Ray was born to Clarence Heber and Hazel Thorne Walton on October 6, 1918, in Salt Lake City. He graduated from South High School in 1935 and from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1944. Ray served as Lieutenant JG in the United States Coast Guard in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was subsequently employed as salesman and manager with the Prudential Insurance Company in Southern California and retired in 1974.He married Elaine Perkins on May 25, 1942 in the Salt Lake Temple. They are parents of five children: Harold Ray (Shaun) Walton, Julie Ann (George) Tate, David L. (Joanne) Walton, James H. (Hope) Walton and Mark A. (Susan) Walton.

Ray is survived by his wife, Elaine of Provo; sons, David of Orem; Jim of Henderson, Nevada; Mark of Midland, Michigan and their spouses; daughter-in-law, Shaun Walton of Los Angeles; son-in-law, George (Karen) Tate of Provo. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a sister, Elna Howard of Bountiful. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Ray (1975); daughter, Julie (1987); brother, Wayne (1984); sister, Dorothy Rice (1981).

He greatly enjoyed his family, grandchildren, temple service, fishing, and BYU sports. He generously offered his support to numerous missionaries, the Boy Scouts and his wife's family history research projects.

Ray was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pleasant View 6th Ward. He served as missionary in Australia and California (1939-1941), bishops counselor in Hollywood and La Canada, California, bishop of La Canada Ward, member of several stake high councils, including BYU 2nd Stake, Provo Temple ordinance worker and in other church callings.

Funeral services will be held in the Pleasant View 6th Ward Chapel, 2445 No. 650 East, Provo, Saturday, February 14 at 11 a.m. Friends may call Friday evening between 6-8 p.m. at Berg Mortuary, 185 E. Center, Provo or one hour before services. Interment is at Pleasant Grove City Cemetery.

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