In Memoriam: Raymond Lamar Walden

In Memoriam: Raymond Lamar Walden
Raymond Lamar Walden | October 30, 1940 to June 11, 2022

October 30, 1940 to June 11, 2022

Raymond Lamar Walden passed away on June 11, 2022 at the age of 81.  He is survived by his wife, Susan Walden, daughter Lori Ann Mortensen (Ken), son Raymond L. Walden, II (Dianah), son Henry K. Brown (Jennifer), son Daniel A. Brown (Jacqueline), ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  He is pre-deceased by his father Eugene Franklin Walden, mother Bessie Haisten Lust, brother Mike Lust, and sister Charlotte Lust.

Ray graduated from the NECA-IBEW Electrical Apprentice Program in June 1963 and was a long-time member of IBEW Local 177.  He was a legend at Miller Electric Company where his career spanned 47 years until his retirement in 2004.  He mentored generations of electricians and project managers, and his work set the standard for field leadership and project management at the company.

Ray was always active and loved playing tennis, running, and fitness training.  It was always important to him to be the best that he could be, whether it was in his work or play.  One of his proudest accomplishments was running the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, DC at age 50.  He also became a champion ballroom dancer after age 50.  After he retired he became a competitive trap shooter.  He competed at all levels of the sport, including the world championships for many years. 

Ray loved to travel with his wife Susan.  After his retirement they traveled all over the world, his favorite places were Rome, Italy, New Zealand, and Bora Bora.

Ray was an avid University of Florida football fan.  He loved the Gators, and traveled to every National Championship game. 

His greatest accomplishment was as a world champion grandfather.  It was an honor he wore proudly and his love for his grandchildren can never be replicated. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice & Palliative Care, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257 or give online at

A memorial service for Raymond was held Monday, June 20, 2022 at Hardage-Giddens, The Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Boulevard.

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