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Obituary: Ray Judd Downs

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Ray Judd Downs, age 83, died Jan. 3, 2002, at home surrounded by his loving family after a lengthy illness.

He was born to William and

Florence Downs in Orem, Utah, on Dec. 14, 1918. He married Mary Allen on Dec. 28, 1942, at Evanston, WY. Their marriage was later solem-nized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He obtained his early schooling in Lindon and Pleasant Grove and Attended Utah State University, where he obtained Bachelor and Masters degrees in the field of Agronomy. He served in the US Army for 3 1/2 years during World War II. He was employed at Utah State University, Dugway Proving Grounds, Oregon State University, and Geneva Steel Company as a Research Agronomist. Later, he served as a

Division Director in the Utah Department of Agriculture where he retired several years ago.

He loved the outdoors and spent much time with his wife, children, and grandchildren enjoying his favorite hobbies of gardening, camping, fishing, and traveling.

He was active in the LDS Church and served faithfully in many ward and stake positions. He also enjoyed

fulfilling various temple assignments.

He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters: Dennis (Marsha) Downs, Sandy; Lynette (Dennis) Butler, Orem; Kerry (Linda), Orem; Sharon (David) Lender; Kent (Heather) Downs, Pleasant Grove; 25 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother and two sisters; Elvin (Helen) Downs and Bessie (Bud) Shelton, American Fork; and Reva (Ray) Keetch, Magna. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Ruby; a brother, Alfred, and an infant son, Roger.

Funeral services will be held in the Orem Sharon Park 2nd Ward LDS Chapel at 250 E. 200 North Orem, Utah at 11a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002. Viewing will be held at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 S. State, Orem, Utah from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, and at the Chapel prior to service from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery.

Thanks to Rachel and Marci from Hospice.