Barbara Guyll sent this to us:
Raymond E. Guyll
November 21, 1940 – November 2, 2014
It is with great sadness that I sit and write about my wonderful husband after his passing. He fought a valiant battle against lymphoma but succumbed peacefully Sunday morning, November 2, 2014.
Ray was born November 21, 1940 in Tulsa, OK but spent most of his life in Washington state. He graduated from Everett High School in 1959, attended Everett Junior College then went on the road as a rock n’ roll and jazz musician. He went back to school and earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Western Washington State College (now Western Washington University) and an M.A. from the University of Washington. His master’s degrees were in Conducting and in Performance. He taught band and several other subjects for 18 years at all grade levels. Sixteen of those years were spent teaching at Chinook Junior High in Bellevue, Washington. He taught music privately in Everett and Redmond for more years than I knew him.
Ray spent eight years as the conductor of the Woodinville Community Band bringing together a group of musicians ages 12-80. He was still playing with fellow musicians from his high school years up until a couple months before his death. He was most recently the director of the Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra, an 18 piece Big Band with vocalists.
Ray also had a passion for ventriloquism and puppetry. He fell in love with puppets the first time he saw the Disney movie, “Pinocchio.” He started studying everything he could find about ventriloquism while in college but couldn’t afford to purchase a dummy so he taught himself how to build one. That began a lifetime career in figure building that earned him the title, “The Master.” He also performed in clubs and on cruise ships worldwide with “Iron Jaw McGraw,” one of his most ingenious creations.
Ray’s favorite thing to do as a family was to go to Disneyland. He chose to spend his 70th birthday there. He loved going to movies and playing board games with all the kids.
Ray and I were married July 15, 1992 and I was blessed to have 22 years with him. He was the love of my life, I could never have imagined finding such love. I have worked side by side with him both in music and figure building. I learned so much from him about both but more importantly I learned self confidence and self esteem which has prepared me for life without him.
Ray is survived by his daughters Sabrina, Sharmaine and Sheryl; stepsons Derek and Ryan (Bre); eight grandchildren, Kaitlin, Morgan, Kyler, Olivia, Killian, Samantha and Kasen; brother Don (Donna) and sister Gladys.
His final message to all of his friends and family was to “have the best life possible without hurting yourself.” and “remember the fun times.”
He requested that there not be any memorial services, he preferred we have gatherings and have fun. The MJJO will be performing their first concert of 2015 in his honor and there will be an informal jam session in Everett at the end of November. You can contact me at email@example.com for more information.
Ventriloquist Central is the brainchild of Dan Willinger and Steve Hurst. Dan is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. He created the Ventriloquist Central Collection. It now has over 100 ventriloquist figures and over 50 of them are Frank Marshall figures. Steve is a ventriloquist as well as builder of ventriloquist figures. He also has a background in sales, marketing, building websites and computers. Because they both love the art of ventriloquism, the website Ventriloquist Central was born. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Copyright 2014 by Dan Willinger and Steve Hurst
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