In memory of
Jack Galen Bray
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In memory of
Jack Galen Bray
Jack Galen Bray Jack Galen Bray was born in Pittsburgh, Kansas, on April 21,1936, and died at home in Redlands on October 11, 2016. When Jack was nine years old, his family moved to California and settled in the San Timoteo Canyon. Jack attended Redlands High School. A 1954 graduate, he lettered in both football and baseball. Jack enlisted in the Coast Guard and was selected to train as part of an Underwater Demolition Team. He was ordered overseas to participate in several black operations with the Marines. Following two tours, he returned to the States and a life at sea. When his enlistment ended, he moved to Redlands and joined the Redlands Police Department in 1958. Working his way through the ranks, he retired as a Lieutenant on December 1, 1983. In 2007, he volunteered with the department as a co-pilot in the Air Support Unit, working until just a few years ago. Jack was always proud to be a cop. While on the force, he founded RPD's first SWAT unit. He also attended the FBI Academy and earned an MA from the University of Virginia. His BA was from the University of Redlands. Jack was active in the community. He coached football, participated in Redlands Benchwarmers, was awarded a key to the city, and belonged to many organizations. The Optimist Club was especially close to his heart. He served twice as president and was twice named man of the year. After a trip to Mexico, Jack told the group he thought they should build a bandstand in Sylvan Park. They did. The club funded the entire project. After leaving the force, he and Jeri Chao opened Guardian Escrow. Jack also invested in and sold commercial real estate. He was an avid golfer at Redlands Country Club until health issues intervened. Jack is survived by his wife Judy, son Dr. Jack Bray (Cara), son William Bray (Coral), daughter Keli Kreipe (Eric), step-daughters Leigh Hodges (Dan) and Kathryn Kanjo-Jurist (David), step-sons Chris Kanjo (Kristin) and Matt Kanjo (Alison), and many of the world's best grandchildren. He was not a flowers guy, so should you wish, donations to the Redlands Optimist Club Youth Fund or Redlands Benchwarmers would be appreciated. Private family services will be held.
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