Ray Walter Coleman
August 3, 1933 ~ February 10, 2022
North Ogden, Utah–Ray Walter Coleman passed away on February 10, 2022. He was born in Ogden, Utah, to Jenne Maine Flygare and Clyde Coleman. Being the fourth son, he joined a lively group of fun-loving boys, full of energy and mischief. His brothers were his role models and his allies all through his childhood. Ogden was their playground during the 40’s. Navigating the tough railroad town gave the boys both resilience and a determination to better their lives.
Ray attended Ogden High School, Weber College, and Brigham Young University, where he graduated in Education. He subsequently received a graduate degree in Administrative Education. He worked for Weber School District his entire career, which included teacher, principal, and District Personnel Director. Mr. Coleman was much beloved, and maybe a little bit feared by everyone in his schools and was constantly approached throughout his life by appreciative and admiring former students.
Ray also honorably served his country in the Navy along with his lifetime best friend, Tom Burton. Through Tom’s unwavering friendship, Ray was introduced to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and joined the Church, which was a major turning point in his life.
Ray married Donna Mae Endrizzi in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on August 27, 1956. They built their home in North Ogden and stayed there for the rest of their lives. They were inseparable and a wonderful example to all who knew them. Ray served faithfully in all his many callings, never backing down from any sacrifice or difficulty to complete his service. Ray and Donna served four missions in their later years, influencing many with their kindness and devotion.
Ray was a natural athlete and a fierce competitor, who excelled in boxing, swimming, basketball, and anything else he decided to do. He loved to watch his children and grandchildren (and all the neighbor kids) at their sporting events. While working in the schools, he would often play ping-pong with his students at lunch. Ray was generous with his time and resources and was always ready to share some sage advice with those willing to listen. He often said how fortunate he felt in life, how good life was to him, and how grateful he was for the opportunities he was provided.
Ray was preceded in death by his eternal companion, Donna and his three brothers, Robert, Clair, and Jim. He is survived by his four children, Cathy (Kurt) Gammill, Ray (Michelle) Coleman, Brian (Cindi) Coleman, and Jim (Stephanie) Coleman; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren who he adored and they loved and adored him too.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s North Ogden Mortuary, 2140 N. Washington Blvd. Friends may visit with family on Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment, Ben Lomond Cemetery, North Ogden.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Aid Fund.