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Ray Marble

Walter Ray Goodman Marble was born July 3, 1933 to Inez McNeil Goodman and Walter Goodman in St. Johns, Arizona. He entered in to rest on December 28, 2020 with his wife Sharon and family by his side. He is survived by: his wife, Sharon Hancock; a son, Michael (Cyndi), of Mesa; two daughters, Marsha Hanson (Rick), of Thatcher and LaDawn Setser (Rick, dec’d), of Mesa. Ray was preceded in death by: a daughter, Ralene. He is the second of twenty-two siblings. Ray and Sharon have seven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. When Dad was the age of three his family moved to Safford where he attended school and graduated from Safford High School. While in school Dad and Grandpa Marble worked and ran the family farm together. After high school he joined the Army Reserves. After returning from boot camp for the reserves he met and began dating Mom. He then joined the Army and left for basic training after which they were married on July 11, 1953. He spent the next fifteen months in Korea. Dad served in Korea with his cousins Jess and James Marble and brothers-in-law, Don Hancock and Armand Cluff. In November 1954 Mom flew to Hawaii to meet up with Dad while on leave and they were sealed for time and all eternity in the Hawaiian temple. After returning from Korea, Dad began work for the cable company and then as a microwave field engineer in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas where he spent many hours on the road and mountain tops including Heliograph (Mt. Graham). Dad was a Jack of all trades and if you ask his me, his daughter, he could do it all even if he said he was a master of none. Dad was a life-long resident of Safford where he was involved in many church callings for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints including member of the Bishopric, Bishop, stake missionary, high councilman, cub scout leader and various others. Dad and Mom served together in the Mesa and Gila Valley Temples. Dad was a loving and dedicated husband, father, brother, grandfather and uncle. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and Friday night card games. He also enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, and going on quad rides to various places in the state. Dad was preceded in death by his father, mother, five brothers and four sisters. Funeral services for Ray will be conducted Saturday morning, January 2, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Safford Stake Center by Bishop Lamont Whetten of the Safford Third Ward. Concluding services with military honors conferred by the Gila Valley Veterans Honor Guard will follow in the Hubbard Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening, January 1, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., at the Vining Funeral Home and Saturday morning, January 2, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Safford Stake Center Relief Society Room.


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We just found out about Ray's death. Ray and Sharon became friends with us during square dancing. We often went out to eat together and socialized. Our best wishes and prayers are with Sharon and family. Kim and I felt honored to be their friends.

Judy and Kim Riddlesworth Feb 7 2021 12:00 AM

We just found out about Ray's death. Ray and Sharon became friends with us during square dancing. We often went out to eat together and socialized. Our best wishes and prayers are with Sharon and family. Kim and I felt honored to be their friends.

Judy and Kim Riddlesworth Feb 7 2021 12:00 AM

I was fortunate enough to home teach Ray and Sharon for a number of years. I always felt honored to be welcomed into their home. Ray always had that special smile and kind words for me and everyone. About 20 years ago, we all got together as "The Over The Hill Gang" in our ATV's and explored hundreds of wonderful places in God's Earth, along with hearing many stories from Ray over lunch about his memories of many of those places. Ray will certainly leave a vacancy in our group and in my heart. My sympathy and love to Sharon and her family.

Gene Fowler Jan 5 2021 12:00 AM

I was fortunate enough to home teach Ray and Sharon for a number of years. I always felt honored to be welcomed into their home. Ray always had that special smile and kind words for me and everyone. About 20 years ago, we all got together as "The Over The Hill Gang" in our ATV's and explored hundreds of wonderful places in God's Earth, along with hearing many stories from Ray over lunch about his memories of many of those places. Ray will certainly leave a vacancy in our group and in my heart. My sympathy and love to Sharon and her family.

Gene Fowler Jan 5 2021 12:00 AM

Marsha, I'm so sorry for you and your families loss. I hope everyday you can find comfort.

Charlotte & Bill Carter Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

Marsha, I'm so sorry for you and your families loss. I hope everyday you can find comfort.

Charlotte & Bill Carter Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

I was just thinking of you guys and just this afternoon Neal was told of Ray's passing. I'm sorry to hear that. What a great man for sure. We'll always cherish our fun times eating and playing games together. I hope we can talk later. All our love, Neal and Phyllis Montierth

Phyllis Montierth Jan 2 2021 12:00 AM

I was just thinking of you guys and just this afternoon Neal was told of Ray's passing. I'm sorry to hear that. What a great man for sure. We'll always cherish our fun times eating and playing games together. I hope we can talk later. All our love, Neal and Phyllis Montierth

Phyllis Montierth Jan 2 2021 12:00 AM

I am saddened to learn of Rays passing. He was such a good man, quietly serving. My love and sympathy to Sharon and their family. Lucille Ellsworth

Lucille Ellsworth Dec 31 2020 12:00 AM

I am saddened to learn of Rays passing. He was such a good man, quietly serving. My love and sympathy to Sharon and their family. Lucille Ellsworth

Lucille Ellsworth Dec 31 2020 12:00 AM

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