Remembering Ray Tibbetts...
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It was my privilege to attend the life celebration for Ray Tibbetts on Saturday, April 15 at Red Cliffs Lodge. I was also lucky enough to get to know Ray soon after I moved to the Moab area.

He was interviewed several times about the history of many of the roads in Grand County for our RS-2477 effort. He truly was a master storyteller and had one for nearly every occasion.

Several years ago, we made Ray a lifetime member of the Museum of Moab and this will be extended to his wife Caroline. I felt this was the least we could do for the man who had so strongly supported Moab and Grand County throughout his life here.

My favorite memory of Ray was one of his interviews with the lawyers representing Grand County in the RS-2477 lawsuit. We were in the small conference room at the Grand Center with Ray and Karl Tangren. Ray started out by telling the Crickets in the Beans story and we were all just about rolling on the floor with laughter. He kept on going for what must have been almost an hour with just one story after another about his time promoting Moab and the mining heydays. I laughed so hard my chest muscles were sore for several days after that.

That’s how I’ll remember Ray.

—Dave Vaughn

Castle Valley

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