Raymond W Harrison
Ray and Marval
"Ray" Harrison, Obituary, Northern Wyoming Daily News, Worland,
Wyoming, May 9, 2009, page 2.
TEN SLEEP --- Long-time Washakie County resident Raymond Wyatt Harrison, Jr., 81, died Wednesday, May
6, 2009 at the Washakie Medical Center in Worland after a long battle with cancer.
Ray was born in Shreveport. La., on Jan. 4, 1928 to Elsie Cornelia Harrison and Raymond
Wyatt Harrison, Sr. The family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1930, living there until his father's employment
prompted a move to Nacogdoches, Texas in 1936.
He graduated from Nacogdoches High
School in 1944, at age 16. Since the United States Navy would
not accept him prior to age 17, Ray spent the next eight months working at a
defense plant in Lufkin, making pinion gears for World War II M4 Sherman
tanks. He then enrolled in Stephen F. Austin State University and completed his first semester of college. At age
17, Ray enlisted in the Navy, serving as a Corpsman until receiving an
Honorable Discharge in 1946. He returned to college and graduated with
B.S. Degrees in Mathematics, Social Studies and Physics. In 1964, Ray
also earned an M.S. Degree in Mathematics at the University of Utah. In 1950 he was employed by a finance company in Fort Worth, Texas.
In December of 1950, he met his best friend, Marval Crall --- an absolute "marvel" and the blessing
of his life. They were united in marriage on Sept. 2, 1951 at a chapel on
the campus of Texas Women's University in Denton. They visited Marval's
grandparents, Dora and Thurston Doyle, during the summer of 1955 at their ranch
in Ten Sleep Canyon, which is now known as the Circle J Ranch. He knew
upon returning home that moving to Ten Sleep was going to be a priority in his
In January of 1956, they moved to Wyoming. That fall, he accepted a teaching position with Washakie County School in Worland, the beginning of 31 rewarding years working
with young people. During those years he taught mathematics, physics,
aviation, and electronics; later serving as Gifted and Talented Coordinator and
Adult Education/Staff Development Coordinator.
Ray was also a commercial pilot and flight instructor, instituting the first
high school aviation course in Wyoming. In 1960 they bought a ranch north of Worland and
raised horses, cows and kids.
In 1968 Ray felt called to be more committed in his Christian life, becoming
involved in the lay ministry of preaching. In 1981 he was licensed by the
First Baptist Church to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which he did at
After retiring in 1986, Ray served on the Washakie Co. School Board for three
years. He was then elected as a Republican to serve as the Washakie
County Representative in the Wyoming House of Representatives for eight years,
serving as Chairman of the Transportation Committee until 1998. Ray's
last public service was a five-year appointment to the State Aeronautics
Commission. He moved to Ten Sleep in 1998, where he lived until he went
home to be with his Lord.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Ray is survived by a family that brought him love, tears and joy --- his
companion of 57 years, Marval Harrison of Ten Sleep;
his son Doyle (Kathleen) Harrison of Hudson, Colo.; his daughters Janelle
(Dave) Weeks of Casper and Reesa (Brian) Florom of Laramie; and five beautiful
grandchildren---Charlie and Burke Florom; Barbara,
Elizabeth, and Megan Harrison.
Memorials may be sent to Foundation for Christian Discipleship, 810 N. Main St. #299, Spearfish, SD 57783.
His funeral service will be held on Monday, May 11 at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Worland with Pastor Pete Kuhn of Greybull officiating.
Burial will take place at the Ten Sleep Cemetery in Ten Sleep, Wyoming at p.m.
Veile Mortuary of Worland is assisting the family
with the arrangements.