Spafford Ray Sumsion, eternal sweetheart, beloved father, compassionate grandfather, and loving brother, died unexpectedly of a heart attack while in the mountains of Colorado, in the company of his son, Jeffrey.
Born January 27, 1931 in Moroni, Utah, Ray was the oldest son of George Spafford and Maude Hansen Sumsion. He received his education from Snow College, University of Utah, and George Washington School of Medicine, with a internship at LDS Hospital and specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah.Ray's family life began when he married his eternal sweetheart, Diana Rex in the Logan LDS Temple. Soon after, he served as an officer and an OB/GYN in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Morocco, Africa, where his two sons were born. In returning to civilian life, he and his family lived briefly in Montana, where his daughter, Stefani was born. Ray settled in Bountiful, Utah, where his daughter, Andrea was born and where he resided until his death.
He was a faithful servant of our Father-in-Heaven, serving as a home teacher, teacher, branch president, high counselor, young men's president, temple officiator, bishop's counselor, and was currently serving as bishop of the Bountiful, Canyon Park Ward.
Ray was a dedicated physician, and in spite of unpredictable work hours, he always received great satisfaction and joy form serving his patients. He considered his patients and co-workers an extension of his family. He loved those whom he served.
Ray adored his family, and his family adored him. He loved his hobbies, and practiced them with great enthusiasm, including skiing the back side of Deer Valley, rewiring the boat trailer repeatedly, and above all, tinkering with his model trains. In his spare time, he dabbled in the latest gadgets, teased with his dogs, and relished fine food.
He is survived by his wife, Diana; children, Kevin S. Sumsion (Alisa), Jeffrey R. Sumsion (Kristen), Stefani Ray Sumsion (David Bean), Andrea Dian Sumsion Frampton (Schylar Frampton); nine grandchildren; one sister, Betty Seeley; and two brothers, Jerry Sumsion and Allen Sumsion.
Funeral service will be 12 noon, Friday, at the Bountiful Canyon Park Ward, 1190 East Bountiful Hills, Drive. Friends may call Thursday, 6-8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 No Main, and at the ward Friday morning 10:30-11:30 a.m.
The family has requested in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations be made to the LDS general missionary fund.
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