Raymond Dee White

Raymond Dee White

Nampa, Canyon County, Idaho, USA
Death 17 Mar 1960 (aged 38)
Page, Coconino County, Arizona, USA
Burial Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA
Memorial ID 113649662 · View Source
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Raymond, at age 37, was the seventh worker killed, among the 18 workers killed during the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam Project. He was a Heavy Equipment Cat-skinner for Merritt-Chapman & Scott; he was cleaning up with a Cat on the "blind" side of the huge shovel drag bucket (you could drive a car into it), which was being operated by an oiler that day because the regular operator got sick. It was so big, the operators could only see to the left, so they were never supposed to swing it to the right "blind" side, but the oiler made a big mistake and did that day at 1:00 pm, striking Raymond on the side with the shovel bucket and knocking him off the Cat. Raymond suffered a ruptured liver, diaphragm, abdominal wall, internal hemorrhaging and contusion of the chest, and died at Page Hospital at 3:00 pm under the care of Dr. Ivan Kazan. He was buried in Boise, Idaho.

Raymond was born in Nampa, Canyon County, near Boise, ID. He met and married Fern Rose White in Boise, and their first child and only son, Miles '62 (named for Fern's brother), was born there. Karen White (Virgil) Fletcher '66 was born five years later in WA or OR, and Debbie White Paz '72 was born in Orofino, Idaho six years after Karen. Debbie was in the first grade in Page before they moved away from Page.

Raymond served our country during WW II, enlisting in the US Army, 146 AAF Base Unit (Sy M), on April 24, 1945 (Jan 2, 1946), Honorable Discharge with the rank of Corporal on Dec 10, 1946.

Raymond moved his family to Page in December 1958. They lived on "H" Street in the largest trailer court in the world, P.O. Box 284, once P.O. Boxes were assigned. After Raymond was killed, Fern was, and still is, a determined individual. She managed a sewing shop owned by Betty Van Curan (the Navajos called her "Betty Many Names") in the shopping strip, four shops north of Mesa Theater. She also took in sewing at night. She made band uniforms, cheer costumes, and when The Greatest Story Ever Told was filmed in Page, she sewed costumes for that. Miles worked on Glen Canyon Dam, after graduating from Page High School in 1962, as an Ironworker and gave his mom every dime he made. Raymond and Fern's first daughter-in-law, Norma Lee Roberson White, was the PHS classmate and wife of their only son, Miles Forest White.

Fern met Robert "Bob" Russell in Page, and they were married in 1965. He died of cancer in 1981 in Ouray, Colorado, where they had a beautiful A-frame home. Fern sold the house and moved to Montrose, CO, closer to her work at Stover Candy factory, plus Debbie lives there.

Fern R. White Russell has been in a nursing home in Alma, Nebraska, where Karen was a nurse for three years. Karen recently retired but lives nearby in Orleans, NE. Fern and her youngest sister, Joan, survive their siblings: Woodrow "Woody", Myrl, Wayne, and Shirley.

Raymond's mother, Hazel Evans, was widowed with a daughter when she married Raymond's father, Forrest A. White. Together, they had three children:

Raymond Dee White (1922 – 1960)
Maxine C (White) Seaweard (1931 – 1970)
Richard J White (1932 – 1999)

Raymond's older half-sister who had a son, Larry Richardson, and a daughter, Nancy Lee (Richardson) Reinland:

Frankie Alice Lowry Richardson Odenwald (1918 – 1972)

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  • Created by: Donna Bloxton "Jesus Girl"
  • Added: 10 Jul 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 113649662
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Raymond Dee White (31 Jan 1922–17 Mar 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 113649662, citing Cloverdale Memorial Park, Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Donna Bloxton "Jesus Girl" (contributor 47675883) .