ForeverMissed
On Friday August 14, 2020 Raymond “Ray” Charles LeBlanc, loving husband and father of three daughters, passed away surrounded by his family just four days shy of his 70th birthday. Ray was born August 18, 1950 in Tooele, Utah the son of Louise Becker, a German immigrant, and Jules Alfred (Frenchie) LeBlanc,an American GI. Ray was the fourth of five boys. He spent his formative years in Bakersfield, CA where he would meet the Busch Family (Pat, Ernie, Lynn and Tyoni) who took Ray in during trying times. The years that Ray spent as a part of their family would be pivotal in shaping the wonderful person, husband and father that Ray would become. While managing a Safeway store in Southern California, Ray met Darlene Comber who was managing her mother’s Krispy Krème Donut shop next store. The love story began and the rest was history. Ray and Darlene were married August 19, 1978, and welcomed the first of “his girls”, Amy (Brandon) Wright, followed over the next ten years by - April (Brady) Blackmer and Aspen (Daniel) Sykes, all who continued to bless their lives. In 1985 Ray and Darlene settled in Dolores, a beautiful small river valley in Southwest Colorado, where they would raise their family along with many of their friends who lovingly became honorary daughters and sons. Their home and business, The Outpost Motel, would become the gathering place for countless get-togethers celebrating life events. In his early years in Dolores, Ray joined the volunteer fire department where he embodied the characteristics of a true team member making many life-long friends. He was honored with Fireman of the year, an honor he cherished. Knowing that you’ve left a mark on people’s hearts and lives is the most rewarding reflection on a life well lived and work well done. Ray certainly left a mark with his unending commitment to his family. It seems that every day he leaned forward to “getting it done”, doing what was most important on the list, checking that off, then on to the next item.  His deep work ethic and eye for the details certainly earned him the respect and appreciation of his employers and colleagues over the years.   Ray has joined our “Staff in the Sky” including many beloved family members and friends. He will be deeply missed on Earth by his loving wife, daughters, their spouses and his beautiful grandchildren: Raygan and Brock (Wright); Fiona, Owen and Nolan (Blackmer); and Avery and Leonard (Sykes), plus his extended family and friends. God has Ray in heaven and we will forever have him in our hearts. A memorial service will be planned for Summer 2021 in Dolores.
Posted by Pat Blackmer on October 8, 2020
I meet Ray In Dolores shortly after he and Darlene settled in Dolores. We formed an instant friendship, which has continued through the years (decades) enhanced by the fact that my son, Brady fell in love with April LeBlanc, Ray and Dar’s beautiful middle daughter. The high school sweethearts married, created three fine children that I have had the privilege of being their grandfather along with Ray LeBlanc.
Ray was a man of many talents! But foremost he was a good, honest, hard working man who loved his family deeply and will be missed greatly, especially by his beautiful wife and daughters. I’m grateful to have known Ray as a friend and grandparent. God bless his soul.
Posted by Elaine Blackmer on September 26, 2020
One thing I know about Ray, he was a great father. All you have to do to know this is to look at his three wonderful daughters Amy, April, and Aspen. Each of them is beautiful, kind, and capable. And each of them is raising a wonderful family just like the one their Dad and Mom provided for them. It’s easy to see what kind of a Dad he was by how very much his daughters loved him. Ray, you will be missed.
Posted by Char Wenger on September 20, 2020
I met Ray and Darlene many years ago in Los Barriles BCS, Mx. As family of long time friend, Helen and Teresa Comber, to know them is to know the dozens of family and friends always surrounding them. Our encounters were limited but the connection was strong. It takes faith, strength and courage when dealing with unexpected loss but these are qualities I see in Darlene, April and their extended family.
The human spirit lives long after were physically gone. Now that Ray is on a peaceful, painless journey, he is certain to enjoy the view from above while covering us in his light and love. 
Posted by Cheryl Drachman on September 20, 2020
I am thankful for reuniting with this branch of the family after so many years, and being able to meet Ray. It was easy to see how much he loved his girls (daughters AND Darlene!) and in that way he reminded me very much of my Dad! I'm honored to have had him as a cousin, and mourn for the future visits we will never have and how much he will be missed at family events and milestones. But I know that he will never truly be gone because he will be remembered and spoken of daily, and you can see him in his daughters and grandchildren. Sending loving thoughts during this heartbreaking time.
Posted by Tim KASTRUP on September 16, 2020
I have a scad of memories I will always cherish about my time with brother Ray from the good times at the motel to many work episodes with Dolores Sanitation, laughs at the salon when I was learning to use the clippers to get that fine hair short like Ray preferred. Fire Dept days, Escalante Day parades, Super Bowl parties at the fire station complete with TV's, beer, and kids play areas, not to mention the fire calls we went on together. Fixing trash trucks with the WIT (whatever it takes) attitude, , getting unstuck on nasty winter days, puking dumping the trash with maggots behind the restaurant by the old Del Rio in Dolores. And oh yea, dumping the EVO on a city block with smoke trailing us from hot ashes we didn't see. Many, many great memories. Trips to L.A., Calif to bring back trash cans, crashing at Jim and Kathy Stetchers house. Fishing times throughout the night on the party barge at Mc Phee,  Good hot tub times at the motel. Our family interactions with Dar & Janett & all the kids scrambling around. We're still just a thought away and I treasure it. See you up the road, brother in the great ether. I love you man.
Posted by Charlie Blackmer on September 15, 2020
Ray Ray,

I hope the sound of your laugh never leaves my head or heart. After decades of marriage and silliness, yours and Dar Dar's laughs managed to sound the same! And to have the same effect on those around you: feeling appreciated and loved, and finding the humor in life. Your sincere and loving laugh ties together so many wonderful memories from my life: putting on silly shows with Aspen as kids, playing cards around the table at Christmas, shaking your head as Darlene told some hilarious and animated story, watching your grandkids learn and play and grow.

I will never forget when Aspen, some other friends, and I decided it was a good idea to take your truck for a joy ride around the neighborhood--as middle schoolers! Two things we failed to take into consideration: 1. It was your company truck (whoops!) and 2. you are Ray Ray and of course knew EXACTLY how it was parked when you left home. Yes, we got a scolding, but it was followed by head-shaking and laughing. And you gave us shit about it for years!

We all know how well you focused on the details and tasks at hand--making sure things were done right, no matter the time or effort. But you always had the big picture in mind, too: the love among family and friends. I will miss you more than you know. Thank you for being such an important part of my life. I love you, Ray Ray.
Posted by Jennifer Nielson on September 15, 2020
I have a scar on my knee from when I was 9 years old that always reminds me of Ray and his sweet gentle nature! My older sister, Michelle, was only 15 and decided to take my dad's work truck for a spin with her girlfriend. My other sister, Candice, and I heard Michelle making the plan for this adventure and of course we didn't want to miss out. We decided to sneak out first and hold onto the back of the tailgate and crouch down so Michelle wouldn't see us. Before Michelle left the trailer park onto the paved road into town...we decided to jump off but just then Michelle shifted and jerked the truck the way you do when you don't know how to drive a standard just yet. This caused me to fall off rather than jump off and I ended up with gravel rocks buried deep in my knee. By the grace of God...Ray arrived at that very moment! He scooped me up and carried me home. He had me lay on the couch while Candice held a towel in front of my eyes so he could extract the rocks. He took the rocks out one by one, and cleaned out my wounds. I don't remember it hurting. I just remember Ray's calm voice telling me that everything was going to be ok!
I love you Papa Ray!
Posted by Gloria Aldaz on September 14, 2020
Al and I had the God-given opportunity to spend great times with Ray. Almost every New Year for the past 15 years, or more, were shared with this wonderful man God blessed us all with. Being the brother of our neighbors, Al and I had the best times hanging with Ray (and Darlene), along with the Combers.

You are all in our prayers!

May he be in the arms of our Heavenly Father.

Love, Ismael "Al" & Gloria Aldaz
Posted by April Blackmer on September 13, 2020
Raymundo-Daddy!! Being the father to three daughters was not always easy but you sure made it look that way. You raised us to be kind, thoughtful, citizens of the world. You never had a heavy hand and in one instance as I recall you even had Amy pretend you were spanking her. You just couldn’t bring himself to spank us. You are a special soul, often soft spoken, probably because us girls never stopped talking- But there was wisdom in your silence and you lived through more life trials then anyone should have to. Through these trials you taught us the art of resilience and fighting the good fight! I love you dad!
Posted by Holly And Stephen Burgin on September 13, 2020
We send our love at this sad time. Ray and Darlene created an amazing family. Although he is no longer on this earth, Ray's spirit lives in each of their beautiful faces. We hope you find comfort and peace knowing he will always be with you.

Love, Holly and Stephen Burgin
Posted by Marilyn McCall on September 12, 2020
We met the Leblanc family when they moved to Hemet in a typical fashion to put family first. Ray was moving their belonging from Colorado to Hemet. When we knew he was coming down our street with the U haul truck, a large group of us formed a line across the street to welcome Ray. The surprise was that Darlene flashed him!!! We all laughed so hard and Ray got out of the u haul with a big smile. We enjoyed many happy times with them and all the family. We still have a game he taught Mac how to build. It’s affectionately called Ray’s Rings!! He was a good kind and fun man as was his family. We will always remember him fondly.

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Posted by Pat Blackmer on October 8, 2020
I meet Ray In Dolores shortly after he and Darlene settled in Dolores. We formed an instant friendship, which has continued through the years (decades) enhanced by the fact that my son, Brady fell in love with April LeBlanc, Ray and Dar’s beautiful middle daughter. The high school sweethearts married, created three fine children that I have had the privilege of being their grandfather along with Ray LeBlanc.
Ray was a man of many talents! But foremost he was a good, honest, hard working man who loved his family deeply and will be missed greatly, especially by his beautiful wife and daughters. I’m grateful to have known Ray as a friend and grandparent. God bless his soul.
Posted by Elaine Blackmer on September 26, 2020
One thing I know about Ray, he was a great father. All you have to do to know this is to look at his three wonderful daughters Amy, April, and Aspen. Each of them is beautiful, kind, and capable. And each of them is raising a wonderful family just like the one their Dad and Mom provided for them. It’s easy to see what kind of a Dad he was by how very much his daughters loved him. Ray, you will be missed.
Posted by Char Wenger on September 20, 2020
I met Ray and Darlene many years ago in Los Barriles BCS, Mx. As family of long time friend, Helen and Teresa Comber, to know them is to know the dozens of family and friends always surrounding them. Our encounters were limited but the connection was strong. It takes faith, strength and courage when dealing with unexpected loss but these are qualities I see in Darlene, April and their extended family.
The human spirit lives long after were physically gone. Now that Ray is on a peaceful, painless journey, he is certain to enjoy the view from above while covering us in his light and love. 
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Ray was born August 18, 1950 in Tooele, Utah, the son of Louise Becker, a German immigrant, and Jules Alfred (Frenchie) LeBlanc, an American GI. Ray was the fourth of five boys. Louise and Fred met in Darmstadt-Eberstadt, Germany where Fred was stationed. Louise a widowed mother of two boys, speaking little English, would marry "Frenchie" and have another son, Thomas LeBlanc, just prior to boarding a ship to America. They made their way to of all places Tooele, Utah about thirty minutes southwest of Salt Lake City which is known for its Tooele Army Depot, its views of the nearby Oquirrh Mountains and the Great Salt Lake. I can not even being to imagine the culture shock Louise experienced a young German mother of three young boys and soon another on the way. Raymond Charles LeBlanc was born while they were still stationed in Tooele, Utah. Raymond would become a big brother soon after as they added another boy to the family, Joseph LeBlanc. 

His parents relationship was strained at best and eventually they divorced. Louise moved herself and the boys to California for more opportunity. 

He spent his formative years in Bakersfield CA, where he would meet The Busch Family (Pat, Ernie, Lynn and Tyoni) who took Ray in during some difficult times. He would tell his girls he grew up on the streets of Bakersfield right along side Buck Owen's. The couple of years that Ray spent as a part of the Busch family would be pivotal in shaping the man, husband and father that Ray would become. 

Ray enjoyed sports and anything that kept his body and mind moving. He played High School football, I recall him telling us that they would cheer, "what makes the grass grow, blood, blood". He also learned to ski while living with the Busch family and became quite the outdoors man. 

He attended Junior College at .........
While in College he worked at Safeway and worked his way up into management. 
In his early twenties he was transferred to Southern California to manage a branch in Yorba Linda? Which is where he met Darlene, who would become his wife and trusted partner for over 42 years. 

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Shared by Lyn Selvius on September 13, 2020
I met Ray in the mountains with his friends. He was funny and kind.  He moved into our house and brought so much love and laughter. Our dad Ernie finally had his son. My dad taught him how to fix things.  He learned how to be a hard worker. We snow skiied,  water skiied, swam, camping and had many parties. We were known as the party house. I enjoyed the pictures. I only have hard copies. Thanks for sharing the memories. I remember when I met Darlene. I was so happy he got a winner. She was so kind and giving.  I fell in love with her immediately . Loved her family too. When they started having their own children, they were over the moon. I so loved Amy, April, and Aspin. Beautiful girls. I have to many fond memories to list them all: College Football games, snow/water skiing,  Hooking up in Laughland jet sking and boating...so much fun. Staying a week in Dorlores Colorado  fishing etc. My kids loved it. My heart broke when he was sick. It shattered when he passed. I was so lucky to have had him in my life.  I'm lucky to have the girls and Darlene  in my life as well. I am happy you are having his Celebration of Life next year because I am having surgery this coming Wednesday would not be able to attend. But I should now. Love to you  all.  Please keep in touch.