Our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend Raymond Edward Badovinatz Sr., age 77, slipped from his earthly bonds on Sunday May 21st. He was surrounded by those who loved and cherished him as he was reunited with his sweetheart Linda. \n\nRay Badovinatz was born November 25th 1945 in Bingham Canyon Utah to Velma and Joseph Badovinatz. Ray grew up in a loving family where he was the 2nd of 4 children. Val and Joe moved to Murray Utah in 1952 where Ray attended school and graduated from Murray high school in 1963. Ray married his high school sweetheart Linda Bollschweiler on March 27th 1967. They moved to Jacksonville Florida shortly after where Ray proudly served in the United States Navy. While Ray was enlisted during the Vietnam war he was blessed in his naval assignment that kept him safely in Florida where he got to spend much of his spare time serving his country playing football. \n\nWhile in Florida, Ray and Linda started their family when they welcomed their 1st child Ray Jr. In 1969 they moved back to Murray and welcomed their 2nd child Brynn. They eventually settled in Taylorsville and completed their family with the births of Tyson and Mindy. In their 49 years of marriage Ray and Linda made many memories and had great adventures. \n\nIn 1983, they started the Taylorsville girls Bonnetball league. Ray was passionate about sports and that league filled him with lots of joy and pride. Ray and Linda were members of a bowling league for many years and in the mid 90s, they joined the Sunday Driver's golf league with his sister Gloria and brother-in-law Kelly Spriggs. The golf league produced lots of great friendships and hilarious memories for Ray. Ray was a lover of the outdoors and enjoyed many years deer hunting in Chalk Creek. He also had numerous fishing trips all over Utah and even a fishing trip to Alaska with brother-in-law Kelly. \n\nRay spent the majority of his working life at Kennecott copper mine. He started working at Kennecott in 1964, took leave for his time in the Navy, and then returned where he continued to work until 2000 and retired after 36 years of service. Ray worked as a lineman where he spent most of his time outside and often working in harsh weather conditions, but he had an amazing work ethic and never complained. In 2000, Ray and Linda became business owners and opened the Amarillo club in South Salt Lake. Owning a club was difficult, but they did it well and were respected by their employees as well as their patrons. \n\nWhile Ray and Linda shared many great adventures together, his favorite by far was their trips to Kauai with his brother-in-law and sister-in-law David and Brynn Bollschweiler. Ray visited Kauai 5 times and never tired of its calm atmosphere and be³auty. One of his biggest regrets was never being able to go back to Kauai and leave some of Linda's ashes on the beach. Don't worry dad, we will get there and spread a bit of mom AND you together. We have no doubt that the two of you have already spent time there, walking the beaches, hand-in-hand. Nothing was more important to Ray than his family and he instilled the same ideals in his 4 children. He showed by example, how to work hard, be honest, help others and that there is nothing more important in this world than family. Ray and Linda always hosted family dinners and holiday get togethers. Even after Linda passed, Ray always tried to keep those traditions going. Whether that meant hosting Thanksgiving or taking his kids and grandkids out for breakfast. If you ask anyone who was around him those last couple of weeks they will say that he had voiced how upset he was that he couldn't take them out for one last breakfast. \n\nRay was a huge animal lover, but dogs were his absolute favorite. The dogs loved him as much as he loved them. I am sure it had ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with the fact that the dogs would get at least one bite of whatever Ray was eating. \n\nRay is survived by his 4 children; Raymond Badovinatz Jr., Brynn Badovinatz, Tyson Badovinatz (Danyelle) and Mindy Navarrete (Luis), 8 grandchildren; Ryan, Jordan, Sydney, Averrey, Daicia, Tayvin, Emery, Mia, and 2 great grandchildren; Bryson and Brighton. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, sister Joyce, brother Joey, and beautiful wife Linda. \n\nA special thanks to all of the staff at the VA hospital that cared for dad and especially his pulmonologist, Dr. Mustafa Mir-Kasimov. Also to Inspiration Hospice for their compassionate care during his final weeks. \n\nServices will be held Wednesday May 31st, 2023 at 1 PM at Jenkins-Soffe mortuary 4760 South State street. There will be a visitation the same day from noon to 1 PM.