Joel Ray Bryan died February 27, 1998 in Tooele, Utah of mantle cell lymphoma.
Ray was born December 26, 1917 in Erda, Utah to William Henry Bryan and Emily Lindberg Bryan. He graduated from Tooele High School; attended Utah State for two years, and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in electrical engineering. He was employed by General Electric Company for 35 years, living in Schenectady, NY; Erie, PA; Ft. Wayne, IN; and Los Angeles, CA. He was a licensed professional engineer.He served an LDS mission to Australia from 1938 to 1940. He served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II as an engineering officer on board the P.C. 1190. He served in many capacities in the LDS Church. He was a Bishop, High Councilman, seminary teacher, stake missionary, and teacher. He married Ruth L. Droubay in June of 1943 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They had eight children.
Surviving him are his wife of 54 years; children, Karen Bryan (Cal North of Roland, IA; Paula Coronado (Greg) of Layton, UT; Leanne Bedell (Ivan) of Brandon, VT; Joel Ray, Jr. (Julie) of Thousand Oaks, CA; J. Sterling (Christine) of Taft, CA; Marie Cook (Steve) of Sandy, UT; Anita Welch (Phil) of Highlands Ranch, CA; Sandy Losee (Blair) of Delta, UT; and Carolyn Greene (Randy) of Mesa, AZ. Preceded in death by one daughter, Kathleen. He also leaves behind 35 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Mary Bird and June Alcorn of Salt Lake City.
Ray had many and varied interest; chief among them were his children and grandchildren whom he encouraged, guided and supported in countless numbers of educational, professional, and spiritual endeavors. He was an avid sports fan, a great spporter of BYU athletics, and a member of the Cougar Club. He especially enjoyed golfing with the "Dawn Patrol" on the Tooele Golf Course. He was a great fix-it man and could repair anything. He loved music, and taught himself to play the piano, which brought him much joy and satisfaction over the years. Ray had a firm testimony of Jesus Christ and of the restored gospel in these latter days. He will be remembered with love and admiration.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 3, 1998 at 11 a.m. in the Erda Ward Chapel. Friends may call at the Tate Mortuary Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. and at the church in Erda one hour prior to services on Tuesday. Burial will be in the Tooele City Cemetery.