1929 – 2011
Earnest Ray Pearce, age 81, passed away peacefully at his home in Magna, Utah on August 26, 2011.
Ray was born on December 4, 1929 to Earnest and Lettie Jensen Pearce in Beaver, Utah.
Growing up in Beaver, Ray found a love of sports and the outdoors and could often be found at the Lodge at Puffer Lake after a day of hunting or fishing. After graduating from Beaver High School Ray attended the University of Utah on a basketball scholarship before serving his country in both the U.S. Navy and Utah National Guard.
Ray and his first wife, Gay Houston had four children before divorcing.
Ray is survived by his son, Ray Jr.; daughters, Robyn Gross and Jacquie (Brady) Wood; and preceded in death by son, Douglas.
Ray later married and is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Barbara Finley Pearce. Ray and Barbara enjoyed spending many winters in their second home in the desert of Arizona, and time with their many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Ray is also survived by brothers, David (Char), Edward (Carol), and Douglas (Marilyn); sisters, Norma Jean Murphy, JoAnn (Russell) Grimshaw, and Zelma Woodbury.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Marie Lish and Zora Woodward.
At Ray’s request there will be formal services. There will be a celebration of life at a later determined date. Written condolences may be sent to Peel Funeral Home, 8525 W. 2700 S. Magna, Utah 84044. Online condolences: www.peelfuneralhome.com
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