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Raymond Earl Miller

January 2, 1949 - March 23, 2017

Raymond Earl Miller, 68, passed away in his sleep, Thursday, March 23, 2017. He was born January 2, 1949, in Ogden, Utah to Earl and Gladys Miller. He was the youngest of three boys. Ray attended Ogden City Schools, graduating from Ogden High in 1967. He married his high school sweetheart and true love, Cathy Lynn Fraser, June 8, 1969, at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ogden. After marrying, Ray and Cathy moved to Tucson, Arizona returning five years later – missing the mountains and snow. His love of the great outdoors led them to their home in Nordic Valley. He and his family enjoyed 35 years there. Ray had many hobbies including boating, spending time at the Pineview Yacht Club, hunting, fishing and camping. His greatest love was skiing.

Ray came from a wonderful family who shared their love and passion for skiing with the community. Growing up, Ray excelled as a successful ski racer, landing him a spot on the United States Ski Team in 1964 at age 16. After a successful racing career, he returned to the sport as an equipment representative, General Manager of Nordic Valley Ski Resort and ultimately found his true passion coaching young athletes with the Snowbasin Ski Team and Ogden Valley Winter Sports Foundation. He impacted many lives throughout the years, young and old. One of Ray’s proudest moments was the honor of being a 2002 Olympic Torch Bearer.

He was very proud of his children, Wendy and Matt,  and absolutely loved being a grandfather to Gage and Mason.

Ray is survived by his wife of 48 years, Cathy; their children, Wendy (Austin) Barker and Matt Miller; grandchildren, Gage Miller and Mason Barker; brothers, Alan (Ann) and Dale Miller; and many close friends and family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister-in law, Beth.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, March 31, from 3:00 – 6:00 pm at Nordic Valley Lodge, 3567 Nordic Valley Way, Eden Utah, 84310. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Ray Miller Memorial gofundme account or to the family directly to help with expenses. Arrangements under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary.






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Date: Friday, March 31, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Nordic Valley Lodge


3567 Nordic Valley Way
Eden, Utah 84310

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Born: January 2, 1949
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Susie Adams posted on 4/1/17

Cathy, As so many, our life with the Miller's was on the ski slope. My mother always had a Standard Examiner photo of mand Ray on the wall. We were fortunate to remain friends as our children went to St. Paul's for elementary. My heart goes out to all of you. A life well lived, but way to short. God Speed, Susie Bauter Adams Tucson, AZ


Laura Marocchi Cambareri posted on 4/1/17

Dear Cathy, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Ray's passing. Ray touched many lives and fond memories will remain. I am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during your time of sorrow.


Tom Feeny posted on 3/31/17

As you well know, Kathy Miller, I was a childhood friend of your wonderful husband, my lifelong friend, Ray Miller. Thus I'm sending my meager condolences to you, along with Matt and Wendy, and your grandkids! In addition to my old ski buddies, let me just say I'm heartbroken at my friend's Ray's passing at such a relatively early ageI.


lorna Irvin posted on 3/30/17

The Miller family was my fAMILY, my maiden name was Miller so when I was skiing well they assumed I was Earl's daughter. In the 60's our ski team all traveled together. Made the national team (because of Earl) in 62. Ray was always our little ski helper. I live in Pittsburgh,Pa I am sorry I cannot attend tomorrow's service. Thank you Peggy Puckett for letting me know about this loss. My thoughts are for Alan, & Dale and your family. Lorna


Peggy Puckett posted on 3/30/17

This news is a shock to me. Earl taught me to ski race along with Ray. Once we headed out to check the NCAA Downhill on John Paul Jones at Snow Basin by ourselves. Ray was maybe 7 and I was 8 or 9. We wanted to have a head of speed when we crossed a flat area but Ray who was in front fell - and broke his leg! The two of us also rode in the family station wagon from Ogden to Bend, Oregon for the Junior Nationals. We wrote on the back window: "Bend or Bust." I have great memories of the whole family. Cathy, Alan, Dale please know I regret not being at Ray's service tomorrow to give you all a hug but will be thinking of you at this difficult time.


Ruth posted on 3/30/17

The Miller family made such an impact on many of us as we grew up in Ogden. They were very instrumental in my family learning and teaching skiing. I graduated with Cathy and remember her love for Ray. Two special people who contributed much and went on to raise a family of their own. Our love and thoughts to you all: Brent and Ruth Rounds-Brunker, Beth White and Frank Rounds


Ben Ferro posted on 3/28/17

Dale and Alan, Your family has done a lot for skiing in the state, deeply sorry for your loss....May, your dad RIP. Ben Ferro


William Lowe posted on 3/28/17

Dear Kathy and family, It was such a pleasure to Ray and you for so many years. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace! Love, Bill and Sherry Lowe


Avas Antonich Tracy posted on 3/28/17

Dale and Alan. My sympathy to you and your family in Ray's passing. He was a special person. Ray helped me train my Special Olympics ski team at Nordic Valley in the 80's. Without his help, we could not have accomplished what we did.


Brad Roghaar posted on 3/28/17

Our hearts go out to all the Miller family. Ray was a pleasure to know. Brad and Sharon Roghaar


Clyde Mueller posted on 3/28/17

My best to Ray's family. I have many wonderful memories of teaching for his dad Earl at Snow Basin and racing up the Snow basin road with Dale. We did alot of skiing. Rest in peace Ray.


Chuck Guy posted on 3/28/17

The Miller boys all did a great deal to help promote skiing and ski racing in our area. Ray was a regular sight at Nordic and did so much for our local youths.