EAST CARBON/SALT LAKE CITY - Ray Parley Mantle, 85, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died peacefully at home on Aug. 4, 2009 after a short battle with leukemia.
Ray was born to Parley Mantle and Edna Elizabeth Cardwell Mantle on Oct. 7, 1923 in Salt Lake City. When he was a small child, the family moved from Salt Lake City and he grew up on the Mantle farm in Taylorsville, where he learned the value of hard work, honesty and integrity.
He was a gifted student and graduated from South High School in Salt Lake at the age of 16. A World War II veteran, Ray joined the U.S. Army shortly after graduation and served in the Asiatic-Pacific as a teletype operator in the Army airways communications systems from August 1943 to March 1946.
Ray married Donna Ruth Perkins in the Logan LDS Temple on July 22, 1946. They started their family in the mining community of Standardville, where Ray worked at the local family-owned store. After the mines closed, Ray and Donna moved their family to Kearns, where he worked for Kennecott Copper and later for Zions Securities.
After retiring from Zions Securities, Ray and Donna served a family history mission for the LDS Church and later served as temple workers for 12 years in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Ray had many talents and abilities and was very generous with his time and resources. He was known for his beautiful tenor voice and gifted teaching ability.
As a faithful member of the LDS Church, he served in various callings, including branch president, three different bishoprics, several elders quorum presidencies and stake missionary.
Ray and Donna loved to travel and have friends throughout the U.S. and Canada whom they often visited.
Ray was an avid sports fan and could often be found at a son's or grandchild's ball game or watching the Jazz or BYU on TV.
Ray was a wonderful example of serving, helping and giving, especially to his family and the widows in his ward in SLC.
Following their temple service, Ray and Donna moved to East Carbon to care for her mother until her death. He was loved by all who knew him. He was a living dedication of meekness and charity.
We will miss you, Dad, and your unconditional love.
Ray is survived by his wife of 63 years, Donna Ruth Perkins Mantle; seven children, Rayleen Keith, East Carbon; Rex Mantle (Susan), Tooele; Elizabeth Campbell (Rod), Denver, Colo.; Melanie Howick, Kearns; Edna Wells (David), Spokane, Wash.; Lisa Trujillo (Joel), Kearns; Chad Mantle, West Valley; 30 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; two sisters; a son-in-law, Phillip Keith; and a granddaughter, Gina Howick.
A special thanks to the entire staff at CNS Nursing, especially Tami Wakefield and Larine Naylor.
Funeral service Monday, Aug.10, 10 a.m., East Carbon LDS Ward, 145 Grassy Trail. Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 East Main Street in Price, Sunday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. and at the church Monday one hour prior to services. Interment, 4 p.m. Taylorsville City Cemetery, 4500 South Redwood Road.