Senior Judge John W. Ray

-Senior Judge John W. Ray passed peacefully on September 03, 2016 at age 85.

“Jack” grew up on ranches in Colorado and Kansas and served in the Navy during the Korean War.

After the Navy he drove cattle trucks and served as a Police Officer in Pueblo, CO; moving his family to Carson City in 1965, where he worked in law enforcement for the State of Nevada, before becoming Special Master of the Juvenile Courts.

Jack was first appointed and then twice elected as Justice of the Peace in Carson City. He always said that he was lucky to have been elected with majority votes as being the Judge meant “he could only make half of the people happy at

any one time”. He was subsequently appointed as a Senior Judge for the State of Nevada. The Nevada State Supreme Court recently acknowledged his work with a special commendation for his years of service and reputation for empathy and fairness.

Jack was a member of the LDS church and when not working, was a “hands on” father before it was the norm. He enjoyed working with the Eagle Scouts, family camping, and four-wheeling trips, working with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, working as a Trustee for the local library, participating in the local Masonic Lodge, and reading mystery novels. He retired to a quiet life with family and close friends in 2005.

He is survived by Geniel, his wife of almost 66 years, 3 children, 3 grandchildren and his sister, Peggy.

Services will be held Saturday, September 10, at 1pm at the LDS Stake Center in Carson City, 411 N. Saliman Road, to be followed by graveside service at Lone Mountain Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you give to your favorite charity.


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