Salem Days Family of the Year
Family of the Year 2012Click Here for nomination form.
Leray Warren Family, Family of the Year 2011Leray Owen Warren was born on February 11, 1932 in Salem Utah, to William Owen and Ruth Stacy Cloward Warren in his parent’s home. He is the first of two children, having a younger sister, Louise Riding. Leray is a 3rd generation citizen of Salem where his great-grandparents homesteaded the farm which he now operates and supervises.
He attended Salem Elementary School (grades 1-6), and Salem Junior High School (grades 7-9).
While in Junior High he was chosen as class president. He graduated from Spanish Fork High School in 1951.
Beatrice Koyle moved to Salem with her family during her 3rd grade year (Lerays 4th) where they met in school. Leray and Beatrice went on their first “official” date at the end of his 9th grade year where they attended his 9th Grade Graduation Dance. They dated during their high school years and became engaged in February of Lerays senior year. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 5, 1952. They were blessed with six children: Boyd, Mary Ruth, Bruce, Brent, Brian and Brad.
Leray enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and farming. He and Beatrice enjoyed traveling and experienced many sites around the world. The summer highlights of his youth were playing night games, stealing watermelons and floating them down the canal for a watermelon bust under the streetlights and chick-a-ree’s with his friends. Somehow a hole was shot through the roof of his father’s car while he and his friends were out hunting. It is reported that the hole was repaired with tape and matching paint, which was undiscovered for several months.
Leray has been an active member of his Church faithfully serving as Elders Quorum President, a Seventy, Seventy’s Group Leader, Ward Mission Leader, Stake High Councilor and in several Bishoprics. He has served in numerous capacities within the community.
His occupational pursuits include US Steel Ironton Plant, Illinois Powder Plant and Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Plant, where he retired after 33 years of service. All through the years that he was working to provide for his family, he operated his farm, which included 80 acres of crop land as well as a poultry operation, a C grade dairy and a beef cattle operation.
Leray is a Melanoma Cancer survivor and has been cancer free for many years. Beatrice cared for him through this and many other illnesses. For the last several years of Beatrice’s life, Leray cared for her throughout her illnesses. Beatrice passed away on November 18, 1995.
Leray met Linda Trautman, and after a nice dating and courtship period, they were married on May 7, 1999. They have had many happy years together. Leray and Linda enjoy traveling and visiting family. Their most recent trip was to Hawaii with Leray’s children and their spouses. Leray and Linda continue to live in Salem.
Past Families of the Year include:
2011 Leray Warren
2010 Roy and JoeAnn Miller
2009 Lew and Evelyn Christensen
2008 Paul and Margo Trotter
2007 Harry and Lorna Davis
2006 Neil and Vicki Peterson
2005 Vaud and Donna Hanks
2004 Stanley and Diane Green
2003 Kenneth and Debbie Swenson
2002 J. Monte and LaVera D. James
2001 Garth and Harriet Hill
2000 Boyd and Deanna Hanks
1999 Clark and Donna Nelson
1998 Lynn and Aylene Christensen
1997 Don and Lorraine Underwood
1996 Don and Beverly Davis
1995 Stan and Callie Cole
1994 Aksel and Donna Tanner
1993 Fred and LaRae Ficklin
1992 Randall (Pete) and Eloise Sabin
1991 Dean and Ruth Cloward
1990 Byron and Colleen Orton
1989 Roy T. And Hortense Taylor
1988 Roen and Shirley Griffiths
1987 Glade and Frances Stone
1986 Max and Gay Wallentine
1985 Guss and Lois Black
1984 George F. (Jack) and Helen Davis
1983 Clarence and Kate Sheen