Ray Bowen Gallacher
Ray Bowen Gallacher, 81, died Saturday, June 23, 2012, in Maricopa County, Phoenix, Ariz.
He was born to the late James Buchanan Gallacher and Vesta Grace Bowen Gallacher, Oct. 23, 1930, in Riverton, Utah.
Ray graduated from South High in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1948, where he was voted all-around athlete his senior year. He set state records in track and played on the basketball and football teams. A highlight of his schooling was being a member of the South High A Capella Choir. It was there that he met his sweetheart, Sally Annette Jorgensen, who he married on Aug. 14, 1950 in the Salt Lake City Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ray has been a long-time resident of the Four Corners area, moving from Salt Lake City with his family to Farmington, N.M. in 1960, later to Durango in 1965, and on to Cortez in 1972. In each of these cities he owned and operated a laundry and dry cleaners. Ray was an avid participant in fastpitch softball, playing many years as pitcher on tournament teams. He also coached softball and baseball teams through the years. Ray was an enthusiastic supporter of the community and school athletic programs, sponsoring teams and assisting with financial donations. In addition, Ray was President of the Cortez City Chamber of Commerce for two years, participating in the progress and production of the community.
Ray was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving faithfully as Bishop in Mancos from 1982-1987 along with stake and ward callings throughout the years. Ray and Sally served a mission in the Monticello Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2002-2004. This was one of the highlights of their church service together.
Ray is survived by his wife, Sally J. Gallacher; his five children, Michael Gallacher and Edie Sloan of Gilbert, Ariz.; Patrick Gallacher and Marilee Palmer of Rio Rancho, N.M.; Kelly Gallacher and Marlene Woolf of Granite Bay, Calif.; Kathleen Gallacher Jorgensen and Randy Jorgensen of Cortez; and Kevin Gallacher and Janine Cox of Highlands Ranch, Colo. He is also survived by 31 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and by his brother James Gerald Gallacher and Karen, and sister Marjorie Gallacher Vaughn.
Ray never knew a stranger; he made all he came into contact with feel comfortable and needed. He was continually optimistic and cheerful, quietly blessing others with his service-minded ways. He was a wonderful father and grandfather who had a tremendous love for his family and friends. His booming voice and smile will be missed.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 10 a.m. in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 1700 E. Empire St. in Cortez.