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Raymond Edward Croxen

December 19, 1932 — November 21, 2022

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RAYMOND EDWARD CROXEN WAS BORN DECEMBER 19, 1932 IN

POMONA, CALIFORNIA TO LEONA MC GEHEE CROXEN AND EDWARD

CROXEN.

 

HE GRADUATED FROM WOODBURY COLLEGE WITH A BACHELOR OF BUSINESS

ADMINISTRATION DEGREE, MAJORING IN ACCOUNTING.

 

RAYMOND JOINED THE U.S. AIR FORCE IN 1952 AND SERVED FOUR YEARS.

 

DURING THIS TIME HE MARRIED PATRICIA. THEY HAD

THREE CHILDREN, RAYLENE, GREGORY, AND RONALD. THEY

EVENTUALLY DIVORCED AND HE MARRIED D. KAY MALL-LEWIS.

AFTER A SHORT MARRIAGE THEY DIVORCED AND IN JULY 1984 HE

MET MARY HANESWORTH-WIMETT. THEY MARRIED MAY 25, 1985.

THEY WERE MARRIED FOR 37 1/2 YEARS. MARY ALSO HAD THREE

CHILDREN, RICHARD DOWDEN, ELIZABETH DOWDEN-BOOT, AND

CRAIG COTE.

 

IN 1964 RAY JOINED THE B.P.O.ELKS IN VICTORVILLE, CALIFORNIA

AND IN 1965 HE WAS PRESIDENT OF THE POMONA EXCHANGE CLUB.

BEING BUSY WITH CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES AT THE SOMETIME HE LEFT

THE ELKS.

 

HE FOUND OUT MARY WAS ACTIVE WITH A LADIES ORGANIZATION

WITHIN THE ELKS HE DECIDED TO BECOME ACTIVE WITH THE ELKS

AGAIN.

 

HE HELD MANY OFFICES AND IN 1991 HE WAS INSTALLED AS EXALTED

RULER. FOLLOWING THAT YEAR HE CONTINUED HOLDING MANY

OFFICES.

 

IN 2002 THEY MOVED TO RANCHO CORDOVA, CALIFORNIA WHERE HE

ALSO TRANSFERRED HIS ELKS MEMBERSHIP AND AGAIN HELD

NUMEROUS OFFICES. HE AND MARY BECAME ACTIVE WITHIN THE

CITY AND WERE HONORED AS VOLUNTEER CITIZENS OF THE YEAR.

 

AS MARY WAS TO HAVE MAJOR BACK SURGERY IN 2012 THEY MOVED

TO ROY, UTAH TO BE NEAR A DAUGHTER. HE TRANSFERRED HIS ELK’S

MEMBERSHIP AND AGAIN BECAME AN OFFICER. THEY ALSO BECAME

VERY ACTIVE WITH THE UTAH ELKS STATE ASSOCIATION AND WERE

APPOINTED REPRESENTATIVES TO THE VETERANS HOSPITAL. THEY

WERE NAMED UTAH ELK STATE VETERAN’S VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR

IN 2018. RAY BECAME A LIFE MEMBER OF THE ELKS IN 2019.

 

HE WILL BE CREMATED AND INTERRED IN THE DIXON VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK,

DIXON, CALIFORNIA. THERE WILL BE AN ELK’S MEMORIAL SERVICE

TO BE HELD AT THE RANCHO CORDOVA ELK’S LODGE #2484 IN

JANUARY, 2023.  A CELEBRATION LIFE WILL BE HELD DECEMBER 18, 2022 AT THE

LOCAL ELKS LODGE, 1875 WEST 5200 SOUTH, ROY.

 

 

DONATIONS MAY BE GIVEN IN RAY’S MEMORY TO THE ELK’S

NATIONAL FOUNDATION, GEORGE WHALEN VETERAN’S HOME IN

OGDEN, UTAH, OR THE VETERAN’S HOMELESS FELLOWSHIP.

 

 

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