Ray Griffiths passed away on Saturday, July 19 in Santa Cruz after an unexpected brief illness.
Ray was born on April 1, 1931, in Merced, Calif. He was raised there, attending Merced Union High and graduating from Modesto Junior College and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He was a member of the Tau Sigma fraternity.
From 1951 to 1955, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight technician and flew several missions as a B-29 crew member. The flights took him many places, including Okinawa, Japan and the Philippines.
Ray retired as manufacturing manager after a very fulfilling career at Lockheed, where he was hired as an engineer in 1960.
At Lockheed, he played a role in the Gemini space program as well as the development of the Hubble telescope. He retired in 1991.
Ray was a longtime Felton resident and enjoyed hunting, fishing and snow skiing. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors and was an avid sports fan.
Ray and his wife (Lani) purchased a motor home and made several trips, including a 13-week trip to Alaska. He also took trips abroad to Europe and South America.
Ray is survived by his wife Lani (Meredith) Griffiths to whom he was married for 56 years. He is also survived by two children, Alyson Griffiths and Shannon (Doug) Wilson, as well as by five grandchildren: Zachary Griffiths, David de la Luz, Sarah Wilson, Lindsay Wilson, and Jacob Wilson.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, David and Iona (Winn) Griffiths, son Curt Griffiths, and a brother and sister, Howard William Griffiths and Neva Jean (Griffiths) McComb.
Friends and family are invited to a visitation at the Oakwood Memorial Chapel, 3301 Paul Sweet Road in Santa Cruz, on Friday, July 25, from 1 to 8 p.m.
A funeral service will be on Saturday, July 26, at 2 p.m. at the Oakwood Memorial Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to the Santa Cruz SPCA or the Calvary Chapel in Scotts Valley.
If you would like to offer condolences to Ray’s family, share your memories and light a candle in his honor please visit www.scmemorial.com