Monday, May 25, 2015
Volunteer Spotlight--Charlie Ray Wilson
Ray is one of our most dedicated volunteers. He has been involved with the Peteetneet for many years. He is a past president of the People Preserving Peteetneer, a past vice-president of the PPP, a current member of the Executive Board and the Board of Trustees of Peteetneet.
In addition, during all of the duties noted he has also served as volunteer in charge of the grounds at the Peteetneet. He has spent many hours overseeing the grounds and taking care of many of the projects in keeping our grounds looking as beautiful as they are. He also oversees the Community Service individuals that help to maintain the grounds. He has provided an invaluable service to Peteetnet and we owe him a debt of gratitude.
Ray was born and raised in Payson. He graduated from Payson High School. After graduation, he joined the Air Force and served four years in the Air Police. After he was honorably discharged, he moved to Springville. While he lived there, he attended Brigham Young University for four years where he majored in Zoology and Law Enforcement.. During this time, he also worked for BYU Security and The Learner Company as a Security Guard for the old Ironton Plant while it was being dismantled.
After college, he accepted employment with the Utah Highway Patrol in San Juan County and lived in Monticello. After 3 years, he returned to Utah County. He first lived in Lehi. Later, he returned to Payson where he has resided since. He retired from the Highway Patrol in 2005 with 32 years of service.
His hobbies include gardening which has help with his volunteer grounds overseeing our grounds. He also enjoys four-wheeling and camping with his family.
He is married to the former Colleen Huff and they have two children–April Jones and Rhett Wilson. He and Colleen have 8 grandchildren (four boys and four girls).
Ray is appreciative of all the people from past years to the present who have given their time and talents to the improvement and preservation of the Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center.