Raymond David Perryman

Jun 21, 1930 - Nov 2, 2013


Raymond D. Perryman, age 83, passed peacefully, surrounded by family, on November 2nd, 2013. Ray was born to Cecil and Hilda Perryman on June 21st 1930 in Sacramento, California. Ray was a seeker of knowledge, a gregarious individual, who’s love of learning, education, and “sharing a story” was legendary amongst his friends and family. He was raised in a hard working middle class family, and his work ethic, not only enriched his chosen career, but blessed the numerous volunteer organizations Ray was extensively involved in. Ray was a dedicated researcher and planner, from building his cabins, to planning worldwide trips, to organizing events for his volunteer passions . He had daily organizational lists going up until his final days. Ray is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lois (Morrow) Perryman, children: Vicki, Don, Eric and John Rowe, his grandson Chris Pereira, Chris’ wife Erika and great grandson Christopher James. Ray graduated from McClatchy High School in 1948. He attended Sacramento City College, and served in the Navy Reserve. He met his wife, the love of his life, and best friend, Lois, in 1954 and married her in 1955. Ray graduated from Sacramento State College . During his college years, Kappa Alpha Pi Fraternity, was where he met many of his lifelong friends. Ray and Lois, as a young couple, joined the Voyagers of Fremont Presbyterian Church, and 60 years later, those lifelong friends are a blessing. Ray’s career as a legislative analyst capped 36 years of public service for the State of California. Outside of work, Ray was passionately active in numerous organizations throughout his lifetime. Indian Guides, Boy Scouts, the Presbyterian Church, Loaves & Fishes, Neighborhood Watch, Homeowner’s Associations, Historical Societies, and Art Museums all were blessed with his enthusiasm and dedication. Ray was most passionate about his love of Lake Tahoe. He became an expert on both the history of Lake Tahoe and his dedication to legally protecting public access and the environment of the Lake, through extensive legal research and court cases. He also loved to travel, to see new places; he and Lois traveled every year. During his long life, there were three constants: love of his family, love of Lake Tahoe, and his faith in God. Ray’s life revolved around his family. He always enjoyed family gatherings and the sharing of new “stories”. His close friends were always part of his family and there were plentiful, happy toasts along the way. Ray was proud of his membership in the Greatest Generation and of his dedication to his family, faith and his country. He was a loving husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, cousin and friend. His spirit will live on and the memories will endure into time. Ray will be remembered for his love, enthusiasm in life, and generosity. A Memorial Service will be held at Fremont Presbyterian Church on November 12th at 3pm. A reception will follow at the church. A private burial service for immediate family will be at East Lawn Cemetery in Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church of your choice.


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