Jack W. Wray
Jack W. Wray went home to his Heavenly Father on October 2, 2016, in Helena, Montana. Jack was born in Depew, Oklahoma, on July 3, 1936. He moved with his family to Shafter, California, when he was a young child and lived there until he joined the Army in 1955. Jack joined the Kern County Sheriff's Department in Bakersfield, California, as a deputy and was later promoted to investigator with the department. He retired from Kern County in 1979 after 20 years of service. Jack married Betty Tidwell in 1979, and they moved to Juneau, Alaska, where he went to work for the Alaska Police Standards Council. Jack was soon promoted to executive director, a position he thoroughly enjoyed, and retired from that position in 1993. In 1996, Jack and Betty moved to Sequim,where Jack was very active in church and was a founding member of Eastern Hills Community Church. He was baptized in the waters of the Puget Sound. In 2012, Jack and Betty moved to Helena, Montana, where he remained until his passing. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Woody and Opal Wray; a son, Steven J. Tidwell; and a grandson, Jacob W. Lewis of Juneau. He is survived by his former wife, Donna Colvin; his wife, Betty Wray; his children Jeffrey (Christina), Debra (Mark) Lewis, John, Susan (Eric) Endicott, Lisa (Haynes) Torme and Lori (Joe) Croteau; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Jack is also survived by many other relatives who loved him dearly. There will be a celebration of his life in Juneau early next summer. His wife, Betty Wray, can be contacted at P.O. Box 7825, Helena, MT 59604.
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