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    Ray Townsend, 1931-2019

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    Longtime resident Ray Townsend, 88, passed away at home on June 28, 2019. Ray never knew a stranger, and was known for his quiet, gentle grace.

    He was born April 16, 1931 in Nimrod, Texas, to Walter L. and Eula Townsend. Ray grew up in Portales, New Mexico, with seven brothers and one sister. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War era and was stationed in Germany. After returning to the states, Ray went to work for the Santa Fe Railroad.

    During that time, he met and married his beloved wife of 62 years, Frances (Fran) Gates. Later, they moved to Alamogordo, New Mexico, where he was employed by Dynalectron (Land Air Missile Base) as an electronic technician.

    In 1965 he transferred to the Green River Missile Base and made his home in Moab with his two daughters, Diana and Valerie.

    Ray was an active member of First Baptist Church, Moab, where he served in youth ministry and as a deacon for many years, until his health declined.

    Ray is survived by his wife, Fran; his two daughters, Diana Hudson (Fred) and Valerie Mosher (Tony); four grandchildren and their spouses and five great-grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and one sister; and his son, Allen Lee.

    Visitation will be held at Spanish Valley Mortuary from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 5.

    A celebration of Ray’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at First Baptist Church, 420 Mivida Drive, Moab, followed by grave rites at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

    Condolences may be sent to Spanish Valley Mortuary, 386 N. 100 W., Moab, UT 84532 or on their website, www.spanishvalleymortuary.com.

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