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Robert Ray Proctor passed away at home with loving family members at his bedside after a long illness on Friday, April 2nd, 2021. He was 85.
On May 20, 1935, Ray was “born by the kitchen window in the farmhouse originally built in 1852, just 2 doors south of his present house that he and Joy moved onto the farm, delivered by a veterinarian. The veterinarian delivered baby Ray, not the house.”
This was the start of many unusual stories he loved to share with anyone. If you did not listen intently or asked him clarifying questions if allowed, you might have missed the surprises in the twists and turns of his storytelling.
It was apparent that a major part of his stewardship on earth was to follow in the footsteps of his father, Robert Gardner Proctor and take care of his family, the farmland on Proctor Lane growing alfalfa, wheat and various produce and raising the farm livestock and poultry. He enjoyed a proud moment when the State of Utah honored his Proctor family’s hard work ethic and community contribution with a Utah Century Farm recognition. He loved his Proctor and Warburton heritage, his family and the farm.
He shared a dream he had of his grandfather, Robert Proctor appearing and approving of Ray continuing the work and legacy of the Proctor Heritage Farm. This touched him deeply about the importance of the farm.
Ray enjoyed growing up and playing in the great open fields, the lake, the blue springs, water-filled ditches, the farmland areas and Mount Timpanogos, fishing, hunting and ice-skating with his friends. And he worked hard and played hard on the farm.
Farm work and schooling at the Central Utah Vocational School, now UVU, taught him how to be mechanically inclined. His greatest teacher was the spirit of revelation, often finding solutions to complex problems through dreams.
One of those solutions became a patent pending in his name for his employer, Geneva Steel, part of US Steel, which saved the company tens of thousands of dollars and increased worker safety with an innovative magnet concept used in the smelting process.
Ray became an expert welder and was recognized by state and local inspectors for exemplary work examining his welds on many projects including bridges and dams, sports and recreational facilities including the BYU Marriott Center, along with residential and business projects with his entrepreneurial business, Calvary Ornamental Iron in Utah and surrounding states.
Ray had a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He helped by service to his fellow farmers and neighbors, fixing equipment, welfare projects, home teaching, and faithfully fulfilling church callings including Scouting and High Priest Group Leader assignments.
He really enjoyed being a temple worker in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Mt. Timpanogos temple for many years and having the joyous opportunities to see his grandchildren performing baptismal ordinances in the early mornings.
R. Ray Proctor truly lived a storied life and loved to share them.
He is survived by his school sweetheart, his wife of 68 years, Joy Robinson Proctor, daughters; LaRae Thorpe, EllaVee (Craig) Yuzon, daughter in heart, Tenny Hui Yuk Sim, sons; Robert Earl (Madonna) Proctor, Edward Ray (Christine) Proctor, and Jason Robinson (Courtney) Proctor, sisters; Evelyn Condo (Mark ‘Bud’), Janis (Almon) Clegg and brother in heart, Stan (Verlinda) Adams; 25 beloved grandchildren, 66 beautiful great-grandchildren and 5 cherished great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Robert Gardner (Eva Warburton) Proctor, son, Joe D (LeeAnn) Proctor and granddaughter, Savannah Jensen.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11:oo am in the Pleasant Grove West Stake Chapel, 56 South 1300 West, Pleasant Grove with a viewing from 10:00 - 10:45 am prior to the services. Family and friends may also attend an evening viewing Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove. Due to Covid 19 concerns, please wear a mask and social distance. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family and a complete obituary found at www.olpinmortuary.com.
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