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Obituary: James Ray Harker

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1942 ~ 2003

James Ray Harker, age 60, passed away at his home in Draper, Utah on August 30, 2003, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Ray was a wonderful man with a shy, gentle and kind manner. He was quick with a joke for even the most difficult situations. Ray won the respect and friendship of all who knew him through his hard work, determination, generous and forgiving style. He was a man of few works, but when he spoke it was worth listening.

Ray was born on September 10, 1942 to William Ernest and Lila Browning Harker in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he lived until he graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1960. He then moved to Southern California where he met the love of his life Arlene Hansen. They were sealed for time and eternity on December 6, 1963 in the Los Angeles, California LDS Temple.

Ray was a swimming pool contractor, designing and building swimming pools for 33 years. He had a love of music. Ray sang with many choirs, groups and was a founding member of the Anaheim Mormon Chorale with whom he sang for 22 years. He had many hobbies through his life, but he always loved classic cars and photography. Ray was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was devoted to his family and adored his grandson, Ashton.

Ray will be truly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him.

Ray is survived by his wife Arlene; children, Melanie Morgan (Wayne) Leavitt, Idaho Falls, ID, Eric Ray (Samantha) Harker, Pacifica, CA, Angela Lauren Harker, Draper, UT; grandson, Ashton James Harker, Draper, UT; brothers, Larry Harker, Kent (Helen) Harker; sisters, Kay (Lynn) Radford, Jill (Bert) Tarayao, Jeri (Ned) Housley. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Dale.

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 5, 2003 at 1 p.m. at the LDS Steeple Chase Chapel at 1788 East 13295 South, Draper. Friends and family may call Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 East 10600 South in Sandy and one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment: Larkin Sunset Gardens.