Idaho State Journal, 02/20/14
Rayo Passey, 69, passed away at his home in Paris, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, February 17, 2014 after a valiant fight with brain cancer. He was born in Montpelier, ID, on July 10, 1944, the second son of McKay and Bessie Passey. Rayo’s early life was typical of a country boy in the Bear Lake valley. He spent many hours exploring the hills and fields in the countryside around his home in Lanark with siblings, cousins, and friends, and it was always a fun experience for family and friends to hear of the many adventures they shared. He attended Emerson Elementary School in Paris, ID, and Fielding High School, where he played football and basketball .
Rayo learned to work hard at an early age, milking cows, working in the hayfields, and whatever else needed to be done on the small farm. He worked for many of the local farmers and ranchers, but particularly for George Hulme, and still enjoyed doing these things throughout his life. He was a determined person, and if he ever had a problem to solve, he would not give up until he found a solution. He spent his whole life giving service to people whenever he had the opportunity. He loved to work and it was really more important to him than recreation, except for golf and ping pong, and spending time with his brothers, which usually included work of some kind. Rayo was an avid Jazz fan and very seldom missed a game. He also loved to watch PBR on television.
Following graduation in 1962, Rayo enlisted in the US Army, where he spent time in California, Oklahoma, and Germany. In July, 1964, he took a month’s furlough from the army, and returned to Bear Lake from Germany, where he married Sandra Roghaar on July 8 in the Logan LDS Temple. After a month at home, he returned to Germany until March, 1965.
After his service in the Army was over, he once again returned to Paris, and went to work at Monsanto Company in Soda Springs, ID, where he spent the next 34 years, taking on more and more responsibility, until he retired in September, 1999. In 2004, Rayo returned to work for a time at Walton Feed Canning Division. He retired once again in 2010. He then began working, along with his brothers for the Cattlemen’s Association, fencing and taking care of getting water to the cattle in the summer in the forests in the Bear Lake Valley and spent many hours working in the mountains and the valley he loved.
Rayo and Sandra were blessed with three children, Kenneth Rayo (Micheline) of Heber City, Utah; Kelly Scott (Linda) of Lehi, Utah; and Becky Lynn (Dawson) Solum of Paris, ID. They have ten grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way. Rayo considered his family to be the greatest blessing in his life, and loved and enjoyed them, as well as entertaining them over the years.
Rayo had many opportunities to serve in the church and the community, and at the time of his death, he was serving as Bishop of the Paris Ward since July, 2012. He and Sandra also were able to serve in the Logan LDS Temple two different times, first from 2002 to 2004, and again from 2010 until he was called as bishop in 2012. Rayo and Sandra enjoyed the experience of working in the temple,and made many good friends, and considered it a blessing and an honor to have this opportunity to fill this assignment together. Rayo was called to be a Paris Tabernacle guide, and served for a few years, and enjoyed talking to people about the history of the Bear Lake Valley.
Rayo and Sandra enjoyed traveling and many other choice activities with friends and family throughout his life, and will be eternally grateful for the many wonderful memories and time spent with all of these people they love so much, and for all the service and love and kindness shown throughout the years, and especially during the past three months. He was a member of the Bear Lake Rangers, and loved the fun and companionship of cooking for them on the fall ride and camp out. He also enjoyed Dutch oven cooking for family and friends. Rayo just loved people and never missed an opportunity to give a friendly handshake or greeting to everyone he knew, and to many he didn’t know.
Rayo is survived by his wife, Sandra, his three children, 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; his mother, Bessie Passey; three brothers, who are his best friends, Larry (Jackie), DeLoy (Donna), Clarence Junior (Vickie), all of Paris; a sister, DeeAnn (Dale) Moeller of Indianapolis, Indiana; and many nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his father, McKay.
Funeral service will be held February 22, 2014 at 11:00am in the Paris Tabernacle, Paris Idaho. Friends may call Schwab-Matthews Mortuary February 21, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00pm.