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Raymond Clayson Searle

May 29, 1928 - Aug. 6, 2022

Date of Service: Aug. 12, 2022

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BURLEY – Raymond Clayson Searle, age 94, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, August 6, 2022.

He was born May 29, 1928, in his family home in View, Idaho, south of Burley, to Joseph Edwin “Ed” Searle and Mary Alice “Mamie” Moffett Searle. He was raised on the family farm where he loved caring for the animals and working in the fields with his father and brothers. He attended school at the View School and Burley Junior and Senior High Schools.

Raymond married Sharol Joy Woodbury in the Idaho Falls Temple on March 9, 1950. They settled in the View area to farm and raise their family of five sons and two daughters. Farming was in his blood and he loved working the ground, caring for cattle and especially loved his horses. He had many carriages and sleighs which he was happy to hook to horses for parades, field trips or just to give friends, grandchildren and great-grandchildren rides. Spending time working and teaching his family took most of his time, but he also enjoyed traveling with friends.

Raymond was an active and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in regional, stake and ward callings – all of which he served in faithfully and enjoyed the work. He served two missions with his wife, one in Tuscan, Arizona, for six months and another in Olongapo, Philippines, for 18 months. Visiting and serving other people were his most loved activities. He is remembered by his grandchildren as always having a sense of humor, going on buggy rides, horseback rides, skiing and being the undefeated checker player. They learned to drive while sitting on his lap and he always fishtailed to scare them.

He is survived by his wife, Sharol; five sons, Cloyd (Gwendolyn), Kent (Marilyn), Craig (Beverly), Clifford (Terri), and Kelly (Shawna) all of Burley; two daughters, Marla (Brent) Stoker of Burley, and Janna (Lane) Webb of Rexburg; a sister, Ruby (Jim) Chapman; 43 grandchildren; and 98 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Elwin, Harold (Shirley), Gale (Maxine), Orvil (Geraldine) and Bernell; a sister, Pearl; and a great-grandson, Jace Searle.

Raymond will be missed by his loved ones and remembered for his humor, love and service to others.

His family would like to thank Aisha White, Lisa Asher and Valle Stube for their dedication in assisting our family in caring for our parents in their home.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 12, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - View 2nd Ward, located at 490 E. 550 S., of Burley, with Bishop Kevin Schroeder officiating. Burial will be in View Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, August 11, at Rasmussen-Wilson, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. Friday, preceding the funeral, at the church.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available and maintained at the following link: https://youtu.be/p9JRiWXKy_c.

Condolences for Raymond Clayson Searle

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From Cariann Jacobsen:
I have so many fond memories of visiting Uncle Ray, Aunt Sharol and the whole Searle family in Burley. Ray has always been so special to my family. He was always so kind, fun, welcoming and simply just an all around great guy. At my grandpas (Harold’s) funeral he hugged me so tightly and told me that he was really going to miss his brother. I hope he is hugging his brother just as tightly as he hugged me that day. Thank you Searle family for all of the horseback riding adventures, buggy rides, tractor rides, reunions, potatoes and always being so welcoming and kind to my family. Love to you all. Cariann (Genae’s daughter)
From Gladys Koyle Parkinson:
Raymond was a source of strength to me as a youth growing up in the View Ward. We knew we were loved. He was a special family friend and I admired him so much. He occasionally came to visit his granddaughter, Mary who was living in our ward in Ashton. It was always a joy to see him. He was a great man.
From Mark K Taylor:
Bro. Searle was the Home Teacher for the Taylor family for many years. Words cannot express how much we loved him and was so thankful for his assistance in many ways. The Taylor family will never forget Bro. Searle and his example of what living the Gospel really means. Our prayers and thoughts are with all the family.
From Sheryl (Crandall) Cleverly:
Sending my sympathy and love to all of his family! Raymond and Sharon were two of my favorite people growing up in View!
From Larry Koyle:
My condolences to Sharol, and the Searle family. I have fond memories of visiting their house on Sundays when I was young. The Searles were an exemplary family, and a profound influence for good in the world. I am grateful to have known them, and as a child, for the friendliness and respect I felt from Raymond and Sharol in making me feel welcome in their home.
From Eileen Albertson Petersen:
We send deep, heart-felt condolences to his eternal sweetheart and his family. Raymond Searle was a very respected person in Burley. His children and spouses whom we knew personally are kind and treasured friends. Love from Eileen Petersen and family...and also Walt from heaven.
From Beth Turner:
Bob and I send our sincere condolences.
From Tawnya Clayville-Tracy:
When Gene and I got married, Raymond drove us, in one of his restored buggies, to our reception at my grandma's house from the Presbyterian church. It was incredibly fun and every time the horse would poop, he'd say, "we're makin' memories!" LOL. What a character he was! I'll always remember how neat of a person Raymond was and appreciate him for letting us ride in his buggy on our special day.
From Jacque Melton:
Raymond was a wonderful man all three of Harold’s girls loved and admired him. We loved to visit our Idaho cousins, it was a different lifestyle, way of living, so much open space, relatives all around, we all said we wanted to live in View, burley. Raymond was very kind to our father, Harold, in Harold’s later years Raymond took special time to drive him around and show him some of the things he might remember. Our Dad loved it, we enjoyed it also. Love to all, Jacque and Howard
From Joyce Thurman:
I always think of his saying, “It’s better to wear out than to rust out.” Love to his family and blessed friends who knew him

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