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Dear Universe,

Hi!  It's Tonya.  Just checking in.  Things are going great for the most part, thanks for that.  But I need a new job asap.  One in which I can use both my management and my pharmacy educations, that has daytime hours and few-to-no weekend shifts.  I also need good benefits - FSA, 401k with a good company match, tuition reimbursement, at least 4 weeks of vacation, and professional organization membership reimbursement.  A company that respects and values employees would be great as well, since the absence of those qualities is what leads me to find a new job in the first place.  Thanks again for everything!



My Sweet Grandpa

My Grandpa Ray passed away on Sunday evening. I already miss him like crazy, but I'm also glad he's no longer suffering the way he has over the past 5 months since his stroke.  Here's his obituary from the Vernal Express.  I love you, Grandpa!

Ray Hunting, having lived a very full and happy life, died peacefully at home on June 6, 2010. He was born Oct. 23, 1930 in Vernal, Utah to Earl and Phyillis Williams Hunting. He was the middle boy of seven brothers and one sister. He married Marilyn Price on Dec. 19, 1959.
He grew up living on Diamond Mountain in the summers in the timber with his family. He started skidding logs as a young boy and as he got big enough to handle an ax and saw, he cut timber. He learned the value of hard work at a young age, and that became his trademark throughout his life.
He served in the Korean War in the Automatic Weapons Battalion attached to the 3rd Infantry Division and drew combat pay for 18 months straight before coming home in 1953. He loved his country and was a true patriot. He would fight to defend what he thought was right whether on foreign soil or in his own back yard.
Ray was a working man with varied talents and interests and he loved the work he did. He traveled the Western states working in the oilfield as a derrick hand, then driving a truck. After the oilfield he was always self-employed.
For 25 years he had Hunting Carpet, selling and installing carpet, teaching his family the value of honest work and the family working together. He had Hunting Trucking, working trucks in the oilfield and heavy equipment, building dams and reservoirs on the mountain and other jobs around for those in need of his services.
During all this time he was pursuing his true love of raising fine quarter horses, and cattle ranching became his life. In today’s world, he was truly was one of the last old fashioned cowboys.
He was an active member of the Uintah Cattlemen’s Association; he served on Uintah County Farm Bureau board and was recognized as Uintah County Farm Bureau member of the year. He provided cattle and transportation for the Elks Calf Cutting Program, helping to make that a success.
He was a leader in the 4-H program, helping the youth with their livestock for the stock show. He had the honor of being chosen as the Legendary Cowboy for the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo.
For many years he has been instrumental in furthering the distribution of irrigation water to the farmers of the valley. He served on the board of directors of the Upper Canal and was on the board of directors of the Ashley Valley Reservoir Company. He was president of the Reservoir Company until he retired due to his poor health.
He was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce with the Golden Shovel Award for his years of dedicated service to the water issues and projects of the Uintah Basin.
Ray was a very generous man, sharing anything he has with anyone who asked. He was a quiet man in his service to others and to the community. He had a close relationship with his grandchildren, working with them on the ranch of supporting them in all their various activities.
His endless stories, his sense of humor, his quick wit and unique ways of expression made life an experience sometimes just to be around him. He had a wink that always touched my heart and made me glad.
Ray is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children, Pam (Skip) Clinch, Eric (Ann) Hunting, Rayma (Scott) McCarrel, Tamra (Shon) Massey, Tara (Mike) Reidhead; 19 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Max (Lela), Oran (Doreen), Dell, Allen (Joan); and sister Minnie Shulthes.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 15, at 11 a.m. at the Glines 3rd Ward Chapel (475 West 100 South). Friends and family may call Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Blackburn Vernal Mortuary, and one hour prior to services at the chapel.
Burial will be in Maeser Cemetery under the direction of the Blackburn Vernal Mortuary, with military honors provided by Post 124 & 11, and the American Legion.