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Obituary: Raymond John Noorda (2nd part)

Published: Friday, Oct. 13 2006 12:52 p.m. MDT

Continued from previous column After retiring from Novell, Ray founded The Canopy Group, where he continued his personal investment in the Utah economy by fostering creation and growth of start-up companies. The Canopy Group has invested in over 100 such companies, most of them in Utah, and continues to drive technological innovation and job growth in the region. Without fanfare, Ray also devoted his retirement years and a majority of his earnings to philanthropic giving, usually anonymously, through the LDS church and many charitable organizations. Ray founded Angel Partners and Worth of a Soul Foundation in order to facilitate his family's charitable efforts. Throughout his life, Ray's primary goals have always been based on those lessons he learned as a depression-era boy: to create good jobs for as many people as can work, to provide quiet philanthropic assistance to those who cannot, and to direct any personal gains toward achieving those more-important ends. Ray and his family lived in many places throughout the country, including Phoenix, Arizona; Schenectady, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Lynn, Massachusetts; Charlottesville, Virginia; Tustin, California; Cupertino, California; and Orem, Utah. A wonderful sense of humor and an unassuming attitude allowed Ray to be accepted by others and to welcome others into his life in any situation, whether it was business or personal. Ray enjoyed playing baseball, tennis, and golf, and was a gifted singer and whistler. Ray was a faithful member of the LDS church, and served in a variety of capacities. He was called to serve in a Branch Presidency and a Stake Sunday-School Presidency. With his great love of children, Ray enjoyed assisting in the Sunday School Nursery. He sang solos and with the choir in many ward programs-several congregations remember with fondness hearing Ray sing "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief", a cappella, during church functions. He took great pleasure in supporting genealogy research and in going to the temple; in retirement, weekly temple visits with his wife become a priority and source of joy. Ray is survived by his wife of 56 years, Tye Noorda; his sister, Edna Hill; four sons, John, Alan, Andy, and Brent; son-in-law, Robert Kreidel; 13 grandchildren, Christopher, Lauren, Kenzie, Taylor, and Raye Kreidel, Kathy Noorda-Nguyen, Megan, Alexandria, Jacob, Christian, Max, Josh and Alby Noorda; two great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Arlene Logan; nieces, nephews, and many cousins and friends; all of whom will miss him greatly. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Bertus and Alida Noorda; daughter, Val Marie Kreidel; brother, Bert Noorda; and sister, Marie Hopkin. The family wishes to express a special thanks to staff at The Courtyard at Jamestown, Hearts for Hospice, The Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, and the Timpanogos Hospital for their wonderful care. There will be a viewing on Thursday, October 12th from 6-8 p.m. at Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 S. State Street, Orem, Utah (801) 225-1530. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 13th at 1:00 p.m. at the Sunset Heights Stake Center, 1260 S. 400 West, Orem, Utah. Viewing hours prior to the funeral will be from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Sunset Heights Stake Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that each one of us put in a little extra effort today to enable someone to reach their fullest potential in their work - that's what Ray would have done.

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