On Tuesday evening, August 11, 1998, Ralph Emerson Malone peacefully left this earth.
Ralph was born in Filer, Idaho, the third of 10 children, on May 14, 1916 to Herschel Emerson and Leatha Poole Malone. He graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1935. He moved to Salt Lake shortly after school and joined the Army at Fort Douglas.He attended the old First Baptist Church at 2nd South and 4th East in Salt Lake and it was at a party that he met and fell in love with Phyllis Duncombe. They were married January 15, 1938 and together they had five children, Dr. Michael E. Malone (Lana), of Flagstaff, Arizona; Diane M. Dalton, of Salt Lake; Donald E. Malone (Eva Lee), of Richland, Mississippi; Marie L. and Thomas E. Malone, of Salt Lake City. They have six grandchildren, Kimberly, Kenny, Erin, Trisha, Jamey, and John; two great-grandchildren, Chelsea, and Cody; and a great-granddaughter due shortly. He is survived by six brothers and two sisters, Virgil (Ann), Marzella Dye (George - deceased), Hazel Azlett (Dale), Howard, Clifford (Ruth), Eugene (Frankie), Keith (Floss), and Webb (Denice).
Ralph served in both the Army and Navy and, during World War II worked at Eitel McCullough, where he learned to blow glass for radio tubes for use by the military.
Throughout his life he worked with all types of radio, television and communication equipment. Ralph, Phyllis and their two youngest children moved to Oakland, California in 1966, where Ralph worked for the government in Civil Service at the Oakland Army Base. He spent many, tireless volunteer hours manning a ham radio station - connecting boys in Vietnam with their families throughout the world.
Ralph was a strong advocate for Scouting and spent many years working with young men in the scouting program.
He never lost his love of farming and after retiring, returned to his home in Salt Lake, where he grew many wonderful vegetables and fruits in his large garden. He took great joy in giving away the food he'd grown, to friends and those less fortunate. He did volunteer work for the Salt Lake Soup Kitchen for the Homeless.
He studied very hard and became a Lay Minister of the Baptist faith and spent time comforting those who were shut-in or invalid.
Ralph was preceded in death by one brother, Edward; his parents; and one brother-in-law.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Frank Yanowitz, who consistently made everything "okay"; the Hospice staff of Vista Care and the many Home Health Aides who took care of Ralph the last seven months of his life.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, August 15, 1998 at First Baptist Church, 777 South 1300 East at 1 p.m. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7-8 p.m. at Evans and Early Mortuary, 574 East First South, and one hour prior at the church on Saturday.
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