George Ray Paulsen

26 Mar 1910 - 3 Mar 1998


George Ray Paulsen

26 Mar 1910 - 3 Mar 1998
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George Ray Paulsen


Park Cemetery

West 700 North Street
Ephraim, Sanpete, Utah
United States


May 20, 2013


May 11, 2013

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Contributor: DdraigGoch Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

George Ray Paulsen 87, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on March 3 of causes incident to age. He was preceded in death by his sweetheart and eternal companion, Mae Peterson Paulson, whom he greatly missed. Mae died February 20, 1992. Their reunion must be joyous. Ray's two brothers, Sterling and Glenn, also preceded him in death. Ray was born in Ephraim on March 26, 1910 to George Peter and Bertha Jorgenson Paulsen. He attended local schools and on Nov. 9, 1932 married Mae in the Manti LDS Temple. The couple are survived by five children and their spouses: George and Reva Paulsen of West Valley City, David and Audrey Paulsen, Dick and Sharon Paulsen, Jerry and Sarah Paulsen, all of Orem; and Ron and Cherrie Dawn Dolphin of Moab; 22 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. For the first 18 years of Ray's married life, he was a farmer and sheepman in Ephraim. Then when health considerations mandated a change, Ray gave up farming and resumed his education, completing an A.S. degree from Snow College, a B.S. degree from BYU in sociology and secondary education; and a M.S. degree from BYU in guidance and counseling. For 23 years he served school children in Wayne, Garfield, and Carbon Counties as teacher, counselor and principal. His beloved companion, Mae, also a teacher worked by his side - their first teaching appointment being in a two-room schoolhouse in Hanksville. Active in the LDS Church, Ray served in many capacities including ward clerk, Sunday School President, and teacher and priesthood instructor. Together with Mae, Ray served many years as a missionary at the Manti Temple Visitors Center, a calling he truly cherished. Ray had many hobbies and interests including fishing, camping, gardening, and following BYU sports. He was an excellent writer, serving as correspondent for both the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News. He has published essays and personal reminiscences in the Daily Herald, The Saga of the Sanpitch, and in other media. Ray was a voracious reader. His children remember fondly the many novels he read to them around the dinner table - Lassie Come Home, The Call of the Wild, The Egg and I, to mention a few, and Zane Grey Westerns, too numerous to mention. Ray also loved to sing and play the guitar, and right up to his passing, often entertained family and friends with his seemingly unlimited repertoire spanning a century of popular ballads and country music favorites. A kind and gentle man, Ray was non-judgmental and totally accepting. He truly loved unconditionally. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 7, 1998 at the Ephraim 2nd Ward Chapel at 4th East and Center Street. At the same location, there will be viewings from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 6, and Saturday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. before the services.

A Personal Story By George Ray Paulsen

Contributor: DdraigGoch Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

When I was about eleven, nearly twelve years of age, I had an experience which nearly took my life. My parents, along with my older brother Sterling and me were spending a week at Fish Lake. One day Sterling and I were out on the lake fishing, when a violent storm developed. As we were closer to the east shore of the lake we decided to head for this destination. As we rowed the boat eastward, the storm grew more intense. Huge waves swept over us, and the boat was tossed around like it was a chip. All the fish we had caught were washed away, and our boat, began to fill with water. I kept rowing with as much speed as I could, while Sterling began bailing the water out with a bucket that was in the boat. However, it was a losing fight because the boat was filling up much faster than it could be dipped out. It was reaching a point where we were in great danger. Suddenly the eastern shore of the lake loomed before us. Somehow we managed to get both of us and the boat safely to shore. We both felt very humble and grateful to our Heavenly Father for sparing our lives. There with the thunder booming and the lightning flashing, we (two rain drenched boys) knelt on the muddy shore and thanked God for our deliverance. We stayed for the rest of the afternoon waiting for the storm and wind to cease. Sometime during the late afternoon a motorboat with two occupants came fairly close to where we were waiting. The people seemed to be searching for someone. We waved to them, but apparently they didn’t see us. Finally, the storm died down, and night was approaching rapidly. We decided we’d better head back to the lodge. Because there were still some waves, we decided to take the long way back. Our plans were to go to the northern part of the lake and then row back on the west side to the lodge, never getting more than a few yards from the shore. At last, we arrived at the boat dock at about 1:00 a.m. in the morning. We, two weary boys, headed for the cabin. As we opened the door and walked inside, our parents were almost overcome with joy. They had feared we had drowned. They told us that some men in a motorboat had been searching for us all afternoon but to no avail. When darkness came the search had been called off until the next morning. Needless to say, it was a happy reunion.

George Ray Paulsen

Contributor: DdraigGoch Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

I remember spending one week during the summer with my grandparents. Grandpa would take me fishing. One day for my birthday he took me fishing, just the two of us. He would tell us stories about his childhood. He served faithfully as a missionary at the Manti Temple.

George Ray Paulsen

Contributor: DdraigGoch Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

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Life timeline of George Ray Paulsen

George Ray Paulsen was born on 26 Mar 1910
George Ray Paulsen was 18 years old when Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, "Plane Crazy". Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
George Ray Paulsen was 29 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
George Ray Paulsen was 34 years old when World War II: The Allied invasion of Normandy—codenamed Operation Overlord—begins with the execution of Operation Neptune (commonly referred to as D-Day), the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The Allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history. The Allies of World War II, called the United Nations from the 1 January 1942 declaration, were the countries that together opposed the Axis powers during the Second World War (1939–1945). The Allies promoted the alliance as a means to control German, Japanese and Italian aggression.
George Ray Paulsen was 43 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
George Ray Paulsen was 59 years old when During the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface before rejoining Columbia in lunar orbit.
George Ray Paulsen was 67 years old when Star Wars is released in theaters. Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy and the beginning of the Star Wars franchise. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter Mayhew, the film focuses on the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia (Fisher), and its attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire's space station, the Death Star.
George Ray Paulsen was 76 years old when Space Shuttle program: STS-51-L mission: Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrates after liftoff, killing all seven astronauts on board. The Space Shuttle program was the fourth human spaceflight program carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which accomplished routine transportation for Earth-to-orbit crew and cargo from 1981 to 2011. Its official name, Space Transportation System (STS), was taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development.
George Ray Paulsen died on 3 Mar 1998 at the age of 87
Grave record for George Ray Paulsen (26 Mar 1910 - 3 Mar 1998), BillionGraves Record 3934995 Ephraim, Sanpete, Utah, United States