Raith Clifford Adair, 60, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at his home in Mesa with his sweet wife, Tori, by his side.
Raith was the first child born to Ronald Edward Adair and Bess Peterson on April 17, 1963, in Phoenix, Arizona. Raith was raised surrounded by his aunts, uncles, and cousins, who considered him more of a brother than a cousin. There are many fond memories of growing up together and supporting each other.
Raith graduated from Camelback High School in Phoenix. He played baseball at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona, and the University of Texas at El Paso. Raith excelled in softball, playing among the best players in the United States.
On August 21, 1992, Raith was married to Tori Ellen Gibbons in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. Nothing was more important to Raith than his family and he enjoyed spending time with Tori and their five amazing children. Coaching, practicing, and watching them play sports was his greatest pastime.
When Raith had an interest in something, he loved to share it with others, whether it was baseball, the gospel, or a healthy snack. It was apparent that he was passionate about the important things in life.
Raith worked for Arizona Public Service and Salt River Project as a Journeyman Electric Meterman. When he was diagnosed with ALS, his colleagues rallied around him with love and support. They would often stop by for lunch and a visit after his early retirement. Raith will leave behind numerous people who loved him and considered him a great friend. His smile, his laugh, and his friendship will be deeply missed.
Raith is survived by his beautiful wife Tori, his daughter Alexandria (Austin), his sons Ronnie (Mahala), RJ (Kaitlyn), Ryan (Thaya), and Ryder. He is also survived by his adorable grandsons Rocky, Brody,Johnny, and Jeremy. Raith is survived by his nephew, Rory and his niece, Alisha, his Aunt Thelma Paulson, his Uncles Jack, Derl, and Scott Peterson, and numerous cousins, who love him dearly.
Raith was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald and Bess, and his sister, Tara. We’re sure it’s been a wonderful family reunion.
We believe that God gives the strongest soldiers the toughest battles, and Raith will always be our hero who bravely fought to the end.
Memorial Services will be held on Friday, October 27, 2023, with the viewing beginning at 11:00 am and the service at 12:00 noon.
Please join us at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1911 N 24th St Mesa, AZ 85213.
Following the service, interment will be at the Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N Center St, Mesa, AZ 85201.