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Arthur Ray Drennan

April 13, 1939 — December 29, 2023

Twin Falls, ID

Arthur Ray Drennan, lovingly known as Ray, passed away on December 29, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of compassion, service, and unwavering devotion to his family and community. Ray led a remarkable life filled with meaningful experiences and touched the hearts of countless individuals along the way.

Born on April 13, 1939, in Franklin County, Illinois, Ray's journey was marked by a spirit of adventure and an insatiable curiosity about the world around him. At a young age, he exhibited exceptional character and determination. As an Eagle Scout during his early teenage years, Ray set the foundation for a life dedicated to helping others.

Ray cherished his educational pursuits and embraced various opportunities for personal growth. Throughout his school years, he showcased his musical talent as a skilled trumpet player in the school bands. Additionally, he excelled in athletics and participated in track events throughout high school.

After graduating from Franklin High School, Ray embarked on a new chapter at Biola University. It was there that he would meet his beloved wife Judy—little did they know that their story would span six decades filled with love and companionship.

Ray's commitment to serving others shone brightly throughout his professional career. He served as the Assistant Director for the Rescue Missions of the East Coast, allowing him and Judy to travel extensively across beautiful locations from northern states bordering Canada all the way down to Key West. These were treasured years spent making cherished memories together.

Eventually settling in the Central Valley of California, Ray continued his service by joining two local rescue missions where he dedicated an additional 31 years of his life holding services for those in need. One cause that held a special place in Ray's heart was M2—providing support to those within prison walls. In addition to his noble work in rescue missions, Ray contributed more than three decades of diligent service to San Joaquin County's maintenance department, where he skillfully maintained and painted county buildings. His exceptional work ethic and dedication earned him numerous accolades, including the prestigious Employee of the Year award.

Ray's genuine warmth and friendliness endeared him to everyone he encountered. Loved ones fondly remember his ability to connect with anyone, as he never met a stranger. Following his retirement, Ray relished spending quality time with his family, especially his cherished grandchildren. His involvement in Prime Time, a church group at Big Valley Grace in Modesto, California, enriched his life and allowed him to form deep-rooted friendships.

In addition to his remarkable career and community involvement, Ray found solace and joy in pursuing his passions outside of work. He had an unquenchable thirst for history and took pleasure in visiting historical sites throughout the country. Exploring new places across America brought him immense happiness, as did camping, hiking, and immersing himself in the beauty of the mountains. Yosemite National Park held a special place in Ray's heart—it was where he felt most connected to nature's majesty. As age restricted his ability to venture into the mountains he loved dearly, Ray adapted by taking daily car rides to marvel at nature's wonders from afar.

Ray will forever be remembered for the impact he made on his family and friends. He was a devoted husband to Judy for almost 60 years—an enduring love story built on shared dreams and unwavering support. Together they nurtured a beautiful family that fills their hearts with pride: their daughter Barbara Drennan and their son Jerry Drennan along with his wife Lisa Drennan. The joy of Ray's life came from his beloved grandchildren Bradley and MaKayla Drennan.

Ray also cherished the memory of his parents—Arthur and Bessie Drennan—and held dear the memory of a sister Doris Drennan who passed away before he was even born. Although Ray is no longer with us, the love and memories he leaves behind will forever be etched in the hearts of those who knew him.

Arthur Ray Drennan's life was one that radiated kindness, compassion, and an unwavering dedication to service. He leaves behind a legacy that will inspire future generations to embrace the true essence of helping others. While we mourn his passing, let us remember him as an exemplary individual whose love for his family and community will continue to ripple through time. May his soul find eternal peace, knowing he made this world a better place.

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