Ray Larsen passed from this life peacefully at his home, in Moab, on March 23, 2009.
Keith Ray Larsen was born in Delta, Utah on Nov. 11, 1935, the second of six children born to Cliff B. and Pearl Larsen. Ray married his lifelong companion Alice Kimbley on April 4, 1953 in Orem Utah, and for the next 56 years Alice was never far from his side.
Ray and Alice moved to Moab later that year to raise a family. From a young age, Ray cherished his family above all things. Whether known as husband, brother, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, or big papa, all of his family knew where they could turn for wise advice, sometimes stern discipline, or a strong shoulder to cry on. The greatest moments of Ray’s life were spent on vacations that usually involved either fishing or hunting, but always involved family.
Ray worked for Garrett Freight Lines for 26 years, and spent his retirement doing those things he loved: blue-ribbon award-winning quilting and woodworking in his shop, building everything from wooden toys, to beds, to gun cabinets. Everyone in his family, including his grandkids and great-grandkids, have both a quilt and an item made specially just for them.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Lloyd Larsen.
He is survived by wife, Alice; son, Keith (Tamara) Larsen, Jr. Moab; daughters, Carma (Doug) McElhaney, Moab and Janet (Mike) Steele, Moab; brother, Bud (Bonnie) Larsen, Denver, Colo.; sisters, LaDean (Dan) Hayes, Provo, Quetta (Pete) Hyita, Beaver Dam, Ariz., and Bonnie (Jim) Ferguson, Cedar City. He is also survived by his life-long best friend, “Little Brother” Dave (Charlotte) Caley, Provo, seven grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held Thursday, March 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the LDS Stake Center, 701 Locust Lane and one hour prior to services. Services will be Friday March 27, at 11 a.m. at the LDS Stake Center, 701 Locust Lane.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kimmerle-Hefner Funeral Home.