Ray C. King 12/12/1934 ~ 4/13/2011 Monte Sereno, CA
December 12, 1934 Clifford and Hazel King of Salt Lake City Utah were blessed with the birth of their fourth child, Ray Clifford King. Ray grew up with three loving sisters at his side. On April 13, 2011, Ray passed away having lived a full life filled with family, friends, career success and worldly travel. Ray will be remembered for his wit, sense of humor, knowledge and devotion to his family and friends.Ray attended Granite High School, in Salt Lake City, graduating in 1953. Shortly after high school Ray joined the US Navy. The Navy was one of the highlights of his life achieving the following: Salt Lake City 1952-57; Active Reserve, Training as Radarman, Achieved rank of Petty Officer, Second Class. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 1957-59; Active Duty aboard USS Ramsden DER-382 Achieved rank of Petty Officer, First Class. Upon his return home from the Navy Ray went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah in 1962; He graduated at the top of his class with highest honors. Ray's passion for education led him next to Stanford University's Executive Management Program in 1975, while building his career at Hewlett Packard Corporation. Ray continued building his professional life with Hewlett Packard from 1962 to 1980. His career highlights include Loveland, Colorado 1962-68: Design Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Production Manager, Tooling Department Manager. South Queensferry, Scotland 1968-71; Manufacturing Manager. Cupertino California 1971-76; Manufacturing Manager, Division Manager. Corvallis, Oregon 1976-78; Division Manager. Palo Alto, California 1978-80; Corporate Manufacturing Support Manager. In 1980 Ray co-founded Valid Logic Systems Incorporated in Sunnyvale, California. He served as Vice President of Operations and Corporate Secretary from 1980 to 1984. Ray was married to his high school sweetheart, Cynthia Campbell King from 1954 to 1977. Ray and Cynthia had two lovely and successful children: Kathleen Ann King and David Ray King. In 1979 Ray married for the second time to Beverly Nusbaum King with whom he shared the the last 32 years of his life. Ray raised her three children as his own: Vicki McGowan, Larry Roberts and Tanya Roberts. Ray retired in 1984. During Ray's retirement years he and his wife Beverly traveled extensively to Australia, New Zealand, many South Pacific islands, Alaska, Africa, Amazon River, Orinoco River, United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Arctic Regions and islands. He received a heart transplant June 6, 1992 and January 4, 2002 received a kidney transplant from his daughter Tanya who was a perfect match. The transplants gave him eighteen years more to be with his family and he had a terrific quality of life. Among many other interests were his love for college sports, the automobile, and most importantly; his family and friends. If you knew Ray, you knew him forever. He had tremendous loyalty and love for those who he held close to his heart. Family, extended and immediate, were what gave his life purpose and meaning. Ray never missed a family reunion and they were highlights in Ray and Beverly's annual calendar. They loved to travel in their RV, mostly to places where their children lived and was the true basis of owning a Travel Trailer which he fondly referred to it as "their little house on wheels". Ray enjoyed personal engineering and electro/mechanical projects. True to his nature, having written his own obituary, this was mentioned as an important aspect in his life. And it was true, he did have systems, processes and devices that would make things exactly the way that they needed to be executed. Ray loved duck hunting it was a major vehicle to share time with all of his boys, learn something new with them and have fun. He was a silver sponsor of Ducks Unlimited waterfowl conservation. Ray had a strong belief in education and wanted it for all of his children. Graduating from the University of Utah was an accomplishment that he treasured for the rest of his life and was a proud sponsoring alumni. He also gave to Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California. We lost a wonderful, strong, gentle man in our lives. He touched all who knew him in so many ways and for that, Ray will live on in us. He knew he lived the greatest lifetime and said so right up to the end. Ray leaves behind his loving wife, Beverly, and his children; Kathleen, David, Vicki, Larry and Tanya, and his grandchildren; Justin, Donovan, Thomas and Eli, his two cats Timmy and Shasta. There will be a celebration of life service on May 14th, at Hotel Los Gatos from 3-6:00 pm.