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Obituary for LOREN O. GRAY, JR.

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October 31, 1921 - January 18, 2014

Born in Worland, Wyoming on October 31, 1921, he completed public schooling in Sinclair and Rawlins, Wyoming, graduating from RHS 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 MBA 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.
Loren is survived by his daughter, Sharon Newton; daughter-in-law, Lauri Gray; three grandsons; and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie and son, Donald.
A private graveside service for family will be held in Rawlins, WY. . Services under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 – 36th St., Ogden, UT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in his name. Please send the family your condolences at


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Born: October 31, 1921
Died: January 18, 2014

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Shauna Jones Williams posted on 2/3/14

Sorry to hear about the passing of your father. We had the privilege of taking care of your parent's lawn for several years. He was always so gracious. When I think of Loren, I can't help think of the rock collection he gave me which was all classified with hardness and what rock family it belonged to. I still have it and will cherish it even more. He taught me " There is no such thing as 'just a rock'". He was always proud of his Wyoming heritage.


virgene harding heward posted on 1/27/14

So sorry to hear about the passing of Loren. He and I grew up together in Sinclair. He was a couple of years older than I was, but in such a small town everyone knew everyone else. He was always very nice to me, and it seems strange that eventually we both ended up in South Ogden, Utah. I'm sure you will miss him, but I hope your happy memories of him will comfort you during this difficult time. With sympathy, Virgene Harding Heward