In memory of
RAYMOND JOHN MALUS March 21, 1943 - February 5, 2017 RAY was born in New York City, one of a set of fraternal twins. At a very early age, they both were assessed as uncommonly bright. RAY taught himself to play the guitar, and suddenly he was popular. RAY went to Manhattan College on a Physics Honor Scholarship. He started playing Music professionally. He toured with a "Pop" band for four years. He did Radio Broadcasting work then became a "Lounge Act." RAY taught himself Musical Arranging and Composition. As a "Lounge Act" he played Los Angeles Clubs, played at the Sahara Hotel and opened the Landmark Hotel, in Las Vegas. He played Harold's Club and the Riverside Hotel, in Reno, and entertained for many years on Princess Cruises. He studied acting at Zena Provendie's Actor's Lab, in Hollywood. In 1985 he abandoned "Show Biz" and became a Programmer/Analyst at UCLA School of Dentistry. In a couple of years he became the Director over Computer Systems. During this time RAY became Choir Director at St. Martin - In - the Fields Episcopal Church, in Winnetka, CA, and wrote Choral Music. In 1999, RAY married for the first time to Sharron, they actually met on a Cruise many years before. In 2005 RAY retired, he wrote, directed and did web design and programming = usually for free. In May 2008, RAY became a member of the San Fernando Valley Branch of the California Writers Club. In 2011 for his efforts on behalf of the Branch, he was awarded the Jack London Award for Service. In 2015, his contributions at the State level, he received the Club's Distinguished, Ina Coolbrith Award for exemplary service to CWC and the central board - only the eighth ever bestowed in 100 years. RAY was a widely recognized Author, Poet, Commentator and Playwright. His writing appear on many websites and in numerous anthologies. RAY is the author of five published books. RAY will be remembered for his denotation to SERVICE and his sense of humor and that BEAUTIFUL Voice. RAY is survived by Sharron, his wife of 18 years and his brother, Richard. Service will be held on February 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m., at St. Martin - in - the - Fields Episcopal Church, 7136 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka, CA 91306; (818) 348-1419. In lieu of flowers, please make donations "In Ray's memory" to his Church, St. Martin - in - the Fields.
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