Ray F. “Dood” Day, 79, died Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Florida.
Dood was born on Nov. 25, 1939, in Spokane, to Ray and Helen Day. He graduated from Deary High School in 1958. After high school he joined the Army.
He married Joan Olson and became a father to her son, Randy. They had a son, Rick, together, and later divorced. In 1965, Dood met and married Edith Keefer in Sterling, Ill. There they had son Ray Jr., and moved back to Idaho, where they had another son, John, and daughter Diana.
He worked in rock crushing, then for Potlatch Corp., running a front-end log loader, where he earned his nickname “Disco Dood” while playing music over the PA for the log trucks. After Potlatch shut down company crews, he drove log trucks for several contractors, including Bruce Baumgartner, Bill Lowry and Ray Day Jr. He retired from Jr. in 2002. After retiring, he and Edith moved to Florida, where he did his dream job working at Rivard Golf Club. They later divorced.
Dood was very dedicated and active in everything he did. He was a life member of VFW and of the amateur trap shooting association. He was also a certified umpire in which he umpired many community softball tournaments. He loved golf; anyone who knew Dood knows that he would be out golfing wearing shorts in the middle of a snow storm!
Survivors include son Ray Jr. (Kristy); daughter Diana (Sean) Mayo; grandchildren Rick Day (Julie Allen), Taylor Day, Chelsea Day, Dallas Day and Buster (Katie) Burnette; great-grandchildren Berkley Arocha and Carson and Maverick Burnette. He was preceded in death by his parents; all siblings; his children, Rick Day, Randy Day and John Day; and grandchild Kori Day.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Deary Pine Crest Cemetery, to be followed by fellowship and lunch at the Deary Community Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Deary Ambulance Fund or Kendrick VFW.