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Raymond James Smith Jr.

06/16/1947 - 04/08/2017

On April 8th, beloved husband, Ray Smith, went home with the Lord.  

Ray was born in Buffalo, NY and by way of California, he moved to Wyoming where he met the love of his life, Georgia, and had been married for 33 years. For the last 20 years his home was Mesa, AZ.  Ray was blessed with the gift of song and from the lyrics  ‘Old Hippie’  that was Ray’s perspective on life.  He is survived by his loving wife Georgia; daughter Alysha, two sons, Anthony and Jason (Cheyenne, WY), grandchildren, Alexis and Ethan, sister Nancy Balzer (Buffalo, NY), and numerous nephews and nieces.

We appreciate your condolences; but just as important please share your special memories and stories of Ray, as we all know his personality was electrifying and unforgettable.


  • My sincere condolences to the family and friends. The death of a loved one can bring many tears and pain. my hope for you is that your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of times spent together. May you find comfort in God’s promise of a new world where death will be no more.. “He wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  • Michelle Chadwick

    Ray was a very special friend to my Mother who is 91. Joyce Chadwick. I, Michelle Chadwick and Mom swam with Ray in very early AM hrs at Hacienda de Valencia. He was such a joy. Ray, also started out DJ at our Horse Races in the very beginning. What a Hoot! He was always there to help us in the clubhouse with lifting and reaching and organizing things for us girls who put on the dinners and entertainment nights. He worked with us in the kitchen , as well. Georgia, so glad you had him all this time. We love you and you will remain in our prayers for a very long time.

    Michelle Chadwick #356 Hacienda

  • Ray was the first person I met at the main clubhouse when I was there checking out the park before moving in here. He seemed to always be helping out there, no matter what was happening. I remember him singing at the karaoke nights, and I loved seeing him dance with you at the functions. I didn’t know him well, but Ray was very outgoing and willing to chat with most everyone. He will be sorely missed here at Hacienda. Please know that my thoughts and prayers have been and are with you.

  • When a friend leaves the party and you don’t get to say good-bye you have this empty feeling that somehow you were cheated, or maybe you did something wrong–selfish thoughts. I think of how alone he must have felt the few weeks. I pray that I could be as humble as he was. I met Ray a couple of years ago and, at first, thought he to be a little strange until I came to understand him. During our time together we talked about jobs, daughters, football, we played pool together and talked about his love for music, dancing and his love for Georgia. He was a decent person working his way through life just like the rest of us. God Bless you. Our prayers are with his family.

  • Had many a good times with Ray and Georgia. Dancing to The Big Zephr , concerts at the casino’s. Dinner and just talking. Once Ray left us girls for about 5 min and came back being a big winner.. I just couldn’t believe in such a short time any one could win so much.. Also a happy face…

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