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Ray J. Farinetti ( Cave Junction 1964 )

posted: Jul 21, 2010

Ray, 66, died July 6, 2010, at his home in Titusville, Fla. from a heart attack while working in his yard. He graduated from Cisco College in Texas before joining the Redmond Smokejumpers for his 1964 rookie season. Ray then jumped in Anchorage in 1965 and Cave Junction in 1966; he served in the U.S. Air Force before he returned to Cave Junction for the 1970-73 seasons. He went to work for the Bureau of Land Management in Fairbanks for several years and finished his career at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge as a fire management officer in Florida. He attended the reunion in Redding in June before helping at the Cave Junction base restoration effort the following week.