Raymond Heaton

 Raymond Vard Heaton, age 75, passed away Sept. 23, 2021 at his home in Winchester Hills, St. George, after a 6-month battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed by his family and leaves a legacy of faith, hard work and Christlike service as an example for his posterity.
 Ray was born on Jan. 5, 1946 in Panguitch, Utah to Vard and Florence Heaton and lived in Alton, Utah for most of his life. He graduated from Valley High School and went on to attend Dixie College before graduating from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business.
 Ray married Allida Tucker on May 29, 1970 in the St. George Temple. They had 11 children together and lived for several years in Allida’s hometown of Bunnell, Florida before moving back to Utah. After Allida’s death in 2009, he married Toni Wilson Holt on Dec. 10, 2011 in the St. George Temple. They lived together in Alton and St. George.
 Ray served two missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held various church callings, including temple worker, branch president, bishop and serving in the stake presidency. He was passionate about sharing the gospel and serving people his entire life.
 Ray helped manage the family-owned cattle ranch, Heaton Livestock Company, in Alton his entire career and could outwork most people almost right up until he died. Their ranch was awarded the prestigious national Leopold Conservation Award in 2012. He was actively involved in his community and served on the school board while living in Florida, on the Utah Wildlife Board, and in various other public leadership positions. He also served in the Army for two years during the Vietnam War and always had a great love and pride for his country.
 Ray is survived by his wife Toni, 10 children, 5 step-children, 63 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and 4 siblings. He is preceded in death by his wife Allida, his son Joseph, his step-son Corey, his parents; and his wife Allida’s parents, and his sister Vivian.
 The viewing will be held on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 6-8 p.m. at the Winchester Hills Ward building at 5338 N. Winchester Dr. South in St. George. A second viewing will be held on Friday, Oct. 1 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Alton Ward building in Alton. The funeral service will take place at 12:00 Noon. Following the funeral, a private burial service for family and close friends will take place at the Alton Cemetery.  Services were arranged with Mosdell Mortuary.

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  1. OraMay Mellor September 24, 2021 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear of Raymond s passing. He was a treasured classmate and friend. So many good memories and ALL of them positive

  2. Carol Leishman September 24, 2021 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Toni, we are so sorry for your loss. We know that you will be comforted in your sorrow by a loving family and by your Father in Heaven.

  3. Katrina Swanson September 24, 2021 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry for your loss dear cousin😔My prayers are with you and your family🙏🏻💕

  4. Cathy Glissmeyer September 25, 2021 at 1:19 am - Reply

    Toni, I am sorry for the loss of your husband. My prayers are without 🙏 ❤

  5. Doug September 25, 2021 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Such a class person with the desire to serve. Will be thinking of you Toni.

    • Taj Becker September 27, 2021 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      There are no adequate words- my sympathy and condolences. His large presence will be missed. Ray, along with you, have been blessings in my life. I will always remember him in his working clothes rather than the shirt and tie, with the slight smile, and how he cared for you.

      And to think I was always so concerned about those long weekly trips to the ranch. I am glad your family and church family are there for support.

      Love, hugs and God Bless,

  6. Divina Arellano-Nunez September 25, 2021 at 6:15 am - Reply

    I am sorry for your lost Sis. Toni. I didn’t have the pleasure to meet him, but I am sure he was a great man and husband to you.

  7. Bertie shire September 25, 2021 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    So sorry Toni and family
    My love always
    Bertie shire

  8. Maggie September 25, 2021 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    I’m so very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. I’m glad you had some wonderful years together, and pray you will feel the Savior’s arms wrapped around you in this time of sorrow. I know you are comforted with the knowledge that you will see him again and that this is just the closing of one door until the next one opens. Love and hugs!

  9. Carolyn Chynoweth September 25, 2021 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh. Toni. I’m sure you were the greatest care giver. I did not realize he was sick.
    He will miss you greatly.
    Bless you with the spirit of peace to be with you during this sad time.
    I love Raymond. He is such a fine, gentle soul with a big heart.
    I send my love and condolences.
    I love you Toni.

  10. Don and Joan Glasgow September 26, 2021 at 2:04 am - Reply

    We will miss him. I can see him in my backyard picking peaches for his Goats I believe it was. We had some good conversations. He will be greatly missed.

  11. John Levins September 26, 2021 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear of his passing, he was a great man, I truly admired him he will be missed praying for his family and friends I miss you Raymond, A true friend

  12. Christine Nelson September 28, 2021 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    My heart goes out to you Toni. I’m grateful you had comfort and the sweet presence of heaven with you in those final days as you cared for Ray. He was a gentle giant and loved you so. You are a woman of faith and this loss will stretch and strengthen your faith as you go forward. May you be surrounded by angels to hold you up and blessed with strength beyond your own as you face the days ahead. My heart is sad for you and hopeful at the same time that heavens arms will be around you moment by moment. Love that you had 10 beautiful years together. All my love and tenderness for you and this family!! Chris Nelson

  13. Robert & Susan Gray September 28, 2021 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Toni, we are so sorry to hear of Raymond’s passing. It is wonderful for him to be home in Heaven but so hard on those left behind with the loneliness that comes.We pray for much comfort for you and know that your family will be a support for you.

  14. Danny Cox September 29, 2021 at 2:43 am - Reply

    He positively shaped and blessed my life and I saw him do the same for countless others. He once cared enough to correct me when I might not listen to another’s correction and he often cared enough to encourage me. He will forever be loved. My deepen love, concern and condolences to his loving family.

  15. Leandra McMullin Skeem September 30, 2021 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Toni, I haven’t seen you or spoken with you since high school, but I wanted to send you my heart felt condolences.
    My grandma was a Heaton from Alton. Vard was her 1st cousin. My mother was raised in Alton and I spent every summer there growing up. Raymond was just enough older than myself that I didn’t know him well. Terry is my age. I hung out with him and William. I do know bits and pieces of him though. He was a wonderful man. Both of my parents (Kay & Valene McMullin) are buried in Alton. I’m truly sorry for your loss. Cancer is so cruel. My husband has been battling it for 6 years now. He’s in remission now but left pretty beat up from it. Thinking of you. Leandra McMullin Skeem

  16. Anne Taylor September 30, 2021 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Dear Toni We we’re very sad to learn of Ray’s cancer and passing. We pray for you and your loved ones. May you find peace and comfort. Love to you always Jay and Anne Taylor

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