Loren Omer Gray, Jr., 92, of Ogden, UT, formerly of Rawlins, WY, passed away January 18, 2014, in Ogden, UT. Graveside services with military honors will take place on Thurs. Jan. 23, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in the Rawlins Cemetery. Born in Worland, WY on October 31, 1921, he completed public schooling in Sinclair and Rawlins, WY, graduating from Rawlins High School in 1939. He entered the University of Wyoming in Laramie as a student of geology, and during the intervening summer months worked at the Sinclair refinery. On January 15, 1942, he was married to Marjorie Salisbury of Rawlins. His studies were interrupted by military duty during WWII, which resulted in his participation in the air war over Germany and satellite countries, as a B-17 pilot in the 15th Air Force based in Italy. Following the war, he returned to the university, where he earned BA and MA degrees in geology. In 1947, he began as a petroleum geologist with the Carter Oil Co. and Humble Oil & Refining Co. (both predecessors of Exxon). After more than 17 years as a company geologist, he returned to the Air Force as a civilian Management Systems Analyst at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, in 1964. Following his retirement from the Air Force in 1982, he reestablished his credentials and became a certified consulting geologist. He and Marjorie remained in Utah after retirement, residing in South Ogden. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; his parents; a son, Donald; and a son-in-law, Paul Newton. Survivors include his daughter, Sharon Newton; daughter-in-law, Lauri Gray; three grandsons; and five great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in his name.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 2:00pm
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