Kyle Alan Ray became his family’s guardian angel in Gilbert, AZ on January 15, 2021 at the age of 38.
Kyle was born in Mesa, AZ on August 9, 1982 to Alan and Jodi Ray. He graduated from Westwood High School in 2000. Kyle loved spending time with family creating memories from a very early age. He loved camping, fishing, and hunting with his dad and brothers. He enjoyed wrestling, cross country, and track in high school. He has many great memories of spending time with his friends and family during that time, including making pizza’s at closing time, eating Dairy Queen and Filibertos. He was an Eagle Scout and loved his young men leaders. Kyle went on to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Mexico City East Mission. After his mission he was blessed with his children Mari, Celeste and Brad. He was an amazing Dad and lived for his children, so much so that he had to read bed time stories to them before he drove himself to the hospital with a ruptured aorta in 2011. He had a wonderful job as a Field Service Manager with Getinge that allowed him to be very involved in their lives.
In October of 2013 Kyle married his forever love, Becca Penrod. They were blessed with two more children, Jake and Kylee Noel. He lived every minute making the best home he could for his family. He loved being able to drop off and pick up the children from school every day he could. He loved waking up at 4am every other week to take his girls to the temple. He loved playing games, building legos, going for runs and 40+ mile bike rides, breaking his ribs while boogy boarding with them, being the cheerleader on the sidelines, the biggest fan at their concerts and performances, coaching soccer, swinging at the park, riding the mini bike and reading story after story (just to name a few things) with his kids. He wanted to make sure that his children knew he loved them and they were the most important thing to him. He found so much joy in taking trips with them and was always planning the next vacation or surprise. He wasn’t afraid to do anything and loved seeing smiles on his kids faces. We know he watches over us and is waiting for us to join him. He was the biggest kid at heart and favorite Uncle. He loved Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and wanted that to be an important part of his family’s lives. He never met a stranger and he loved serving people. He had an amazing smile that made everyone feel better. He served as a youth in his priesthood quorum, as a missionary, nursery leader, in the Elders Quorum and Sunday School Presidency, as a Primary and Sunday School Teacher and his last calling, assistant to the Young Women President.
Kyle will be fiercely missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Becca, his children Mari, Celeste, Brad, Jake and Kylee Noel along with his parents Alan and Jodi, his siblings Chance (Stephanie), Amy Beardall (Nathan), and Bryce (Holly), his in-laws Janet Penrod and Becca’s family as well as many many Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends.
He is proceeded in death by his grandparents, Norman Ray, Muriel Ray Keyser, Harold Keyser, and Arthur and Norene Widmer and his father in law Kenneth Penrod.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 11:00 am, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located on 2700 East Guadalupe Road, Gilbert AZ. A viewing will be held Monday, January 25, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 9:30 to 10:30 am at that same location. Interment will be at the Mesa City Cemetery proceeding the funeral. The funeral will be live streamed at http://tiny.cc/KyleRay