Ray Benjamin Balhorn, Jr., passed away Monday, April 16, 2018, in
Vernal, Utah. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday,
April 21, 2018, at the Maeser Utah 7th Ward LDS Chapel.
Born January 17, 1953, in Rapid City, South Dakota to Betty and Ray
(Tex) Balhorn, Sr. Ray was raised in Sturgis, South Dakota, and he
graduated from William J. Brown High School in 1971.
Life for Ray was meant to be an adventure! Some of his earliest
adventures were a backpacking trip through Europe (1972) and an LDS
mission in the Franco/Belgium area (1974-1976) where he spoke French,
German, and Spanish.
Ray married Lois (“Bo”) Behling in 1976, and they had Ray III and
Sommer. Ray received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Utah
(1977) and a Terminal Master’s Degree in Fine Arts in Film from UCLA
where he also received the Jim Morrison Award in Directing based on
artistic merit. Lois passed away suddenly in 1980, only six months after
the birth of their daughter, Sommer. Ray continued on as a single
parent and was a Professor of Communications at Missouri Southern State
College in Joplin, Missouri. Ray moved back to Utah and married Shanna
Vernon November 30, 1987, who had adopted a son, Devin, from India. Ray
was a cinematographer and founded Panacom, Inc. leaving such film
legacies as “Tops of the Mountains”, “To Touch a Grieving Heart”, and
“50 Years of Sturgis”.
Ray always left you with a memory to be cherished – one you would want
to share with anyone. He did not see limits in life which everyone who
knew him can attest to with memories like bailing hay in a Lincoln Town
Car, hauling a goat in the back of a van, and taping flashlights to the
back of a trailer in lieu of tail lights. Ray was born with a tender
heart and extended his home and his heart to many children, some that
even called him father.
Ray is survived by his wife, Shanna, his mother, Betty, his two sisters,
Cheryl and Celia (Ken), and his children Ray (Julie), Sommer, Devin,
Mitchell (Cristy), Quinton (Sarah Jo), Conner, Jesse, and Dalton. His
grandchildren Sloane, Sicily, Sofie, Mark, Dominic, Krispin, Skylar,
Jackson, and Leon will always remember his lame efforts to frighten
them! Ray was also a beloved uncle to his many nieces and nephews, who
will always remember him as ‘Dinkus’.
Ray is preceded in death by Lois (“Bo”) Behling, his father and his
nephew, Chad Turley.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, Ray’s children have requested that
donations be made directly to Shanna Balhorn, 1160 N. 2500 W., Vernal,