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Ray Douglas Hennagir

November 16, 1936 — July 24, 2023

Ephraim

Ray Hennagir
Ephraim, Utah

    Raymond Douglas Hennagir passed away on July 24, 2023 in Nephi. He was born November 16, 1936, in Seattle, WA, to Mack Ray and Delores Elizabeth Engles Hennagir. He spent an adventurous childhood in Kirkland, WA. Ray always remembered his childhood filled with normal play with friends and family. Two best friends were his cousin, Donnie Rychlik, and best friend, Gordon Cadle, where they would “cause just a little trouble on Grandpa Hennagir’s farm.” 
    Ray fell in love with music when he began playing the saxophone in junior high school in
Oakland, CA. He spent a lot of time playing basketball with Tony Cavila, who was also in the band. Ray began playing professionally when he enlisted with the United States Air Force on May 1, 1957. When Ray left the Air Force, he traveled and played a variety of instruments professionally with the George Doerner Orchestra. From there he joined the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra where he played baritone saxophone and clarinet for several more years. When he left the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra he played with a variety other professional musicians, and he enjoyed traveling and playing in the big bands until he settled down in Pensacola, FL. 
    After leaving the music profession, Ray took a job in Pensacola and eventually joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1963 where he met and fell in love with Victoria Louise Berlin. They were married for 37 years and together they were blessed with four children: Carolyn (Jeff) Bradley, Madelyn (Robb) Rigtrup, Bart (Tara), and Brad (Kate). Ray always spoke of life with his family as happy, fun, and he and his family enjoyed much love and laughter together. His memories with his wife and children were always fondly recalled as having been full of adventure. Ray lost his wife Vickie in a courageous battle with cancer, and she passed away in January 2000. 
    In 2003, Ray married Barbara Mitten and relocated to Ephraim, Utah. Ray enjoyed his marriage to Barbara, and they enjoyed travel and many camping trips together. Ray was always grateful for the nearly 10 years he was able to have served in the Manti Temple with Barbara. He made many friends during his time there, and in doing so was able to fulfill one of his dreams since having joined the Church: serving the Lord and his people as a temple worker. 
    Throughout his life Ray enjoyed his career in radio broadcasting, and he was always happy and grateful to have achieved his dream job: a radio personality in the state of Utah with his own morning show. Working as a morning personality, Ray Douglas, at Classy FM- KMGR, was the most favorite job Ray had in his entire life. He loved every single minute and everything  about this job. He spoke fondly and took great pride in being the original and only host “Ray Douglas” on the morning show for 20 years. He adored his radio “family” (both those who listened and those with whom he worked) and having to retire was a very difficult decision for him. 
    The family expresses sincere gratitude to all who loved and appreciated Ray Douglas. 
    Ray leaves behind his wife, Barbara; his four children; 21 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren, who will all miss him dearly!
    Please join the family for funeral services will be held on Friday, July 28, 2023 at 12:00 noon in the Ephraim Stake Center, 400 East Center.  There will be no public viewing.  Ray will be interred at a later date in the Fairview Cemetery in Midland,Texas. Live streaming of the services available at www.maglebymortuary.com under Ray’s obituary.  Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. 

 

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