Ray was born in Park City, Utah to Raymond Sylvester Hunt and Elva A. Lewis on September 13, 1937. He was one of four siblings in his family, sister Olive Rayola, deceased, brother Valdon, deceased and brother Ronald Lee. His family moved to Salt Lake City when he was 5 years old in 1944. He attended Washington Elementary, Horace Mann Jr. High School, and West High School where he excelled in football and wrestling. There he met his bride, the love of his life, Kay Baker. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army Reserves, where he served eight years with honor for our country.
Ray and Kay were married on February 2, 1956, and later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple June 27, 1957. Their union was blessed with 3 children. He was a lifelong and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served in many capacities, including Bishop, Bishopric Counselor in his family wards and at the Utah State Prison. He loved serving in the Temple and served in many other callings, he was always happy to serve others in each stewardship. He loved the people he served and the Lord.
His family moved to Hunter, Utah in 1964 where he raised his family and was employed at Hercules Inc., at that time. For the past 52 years, Ray has been involved with the transportation industry mostly in management positions. He has been employed at Milne Truck Lines, Consolidated Freightways, P.I.E., Yellow Freight, and CR England where he enjoyed being a mentor to the drivers and was called the matchmaker.
For the last 45 years his favorite hobby has been playing a professional Santa Claus “Santa Ray”, where he participated in many parades, mall Santa, store Santa, company parties and private family Christmas parties which he was loved by everyone. In his spare time, he enjoyed camping, fishing, and hunting with his family. One of his hobbies that he loved doing was taxidermy of his birds; he harvested mostly ducks and pheasants. He was employed by Hyde Tours as a tour guide for 9 years where he met many more new friends and gave him and Kay great opportunities to travel to many new places.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Elva Hunt; sister Olive Rayloa Hunt; brother Valdon Hunt; son Steven Ray Hunt; and granddaughter Emily Rebecca Nielsen.
He is survived by his wife Kay; brother Ronald Lee Hunt (Penny); his children Rebecca Kay (David) Nielsen and Kimberlee Ann (Darrell) Phipps; 11 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
A special thank you to Intermountain Hospice, Dennis Keyes and Andrew Layne for their compassion, support, and service during this most difficult time in Dad’s life. We are grateful for their love.
A public viewing will be held Saturday, October 15, 2022, 9:00 to 10:45 am, with funeral service to be held immediately after at 11:00 am., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel at 3737 South 5600 West, West Valley City, Utah.
Interment will be held Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 11:00 am at Valley View Memorial Park, 4400 West 4100 South, West Valley City, Utah.