Raymond Joseph Donelon, at the age of 75, passed away at his home in Marysville, WA on September 5, 2021. Ray was born in Cleveland, OH to his parents, Raymond and Mathilda Donelon. After graduating from high school, Ray was drafted into the US Navy, serving three rounds before receiving an honorable discharge. After leaving the Navy, Ray briefly settled in the Long Beach, California area where he spoke of riding his motorcycle along the California coast. During his career, Ray held a number of maritime positions, most notably as a deckhand on a NOAA vessel in Alaska before being hired at Ballard Locks in Seattle. After retiring from the locks, Ray worked for several more years at the Naval Support Complex in Everett, WA. Ray shared many fond memories of his time there and commented that he felt like he had found a second family with his colleagues. Ray moved to the Marysville area in the mid-1970s. In addition to his regular job, Ray also served for Snohomish County Dist. 12 as a volunteer firefighter, serving Marysville and surrounding areas for many years, earning the respect of his peers and colleagues. Ray has been involved in many outdoor activities, but none do as much as trout fishing. Friends lucky enough to accompany him on fly fishing trips to Canada and eastern Washington still share laughs, fond memories, and stories of fun, laughter and camaraderie. Ray is survived by his son, Sean, his ex-wife, Donita, his brother, Jimmy, his sister-in-law, Joanne, his nieces, Joelle and Jenna, his nephew, Matt and many friends from the Marysville area, as well as long-time friends with whom he grew up in Cleveland and his time in the Navy. If you were someone Ray loved and respected, he would bestow on you the honorary title of “First Cabin”. For those who knew Ray well, to be counted among such people was a compliment beyond measure.
February 11, 1946 – September 5, 2021
Posted by The Herald (Everett) September 17-18, 2021.