Thomas Laine Raty, beloved son, husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and cousin passed away November 28, 2021 in Payson, Utah at Mountain View Hospital from heart and dysphasia pneumonia complications.
Born February 5, 1927 in Ogden, Weber, Utah to Charles Leslie Raty and Berniece Shupe Raty, Laine was the second of four brothers. He attended Ogden Utah schools, served in the Navy during World War II and later reserves, earned his undergraduate and Master's degrees at Brigham Young University, and a doctorate from Arizona State University. An inspirational artist, he created many sketches, scenic watercolors, portraitures in a variety of media--especially oil. He created unique pottery and excelled in calligraphy. He was a fashion illustrator and illustrated cover art for the Children's Friend magazine. His professional works won awards, but he reminded all that "art is not a horse race where only one finishes first."
Laine was sealed for time and eternity to his high school sweetheart Jennie Clavell Brown on February 13, 1948 in the Salt Lake City Temple. He was an exemplary husband who loved his wife and respected her influence. They celebrated their 71st anniversary in 2019 before Clavell passed. Laine and Clavell loved their two sons and three daughters. As a father, Laine helped his children be better parents and was proud of their careers. Fishing with his brother Larry was also required. Laine loved his extended family.
Laine enjoyed sharing his talent as a teacher beginning in Burley Idaho, then Ogden City schools and Brigham Young Academy, and completing his teaching career at BYU in the Art and Design Department. Many of his students thanked him for advice and overcame discouragement and challenges to continue their degrees. Some chose an art career because of his influence.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he exemplified deep commitment and service to others. He freely gave his talents and time illustrating many ward bulletins, posters, class handouts, and decorations for many church activities. His favorite callings included serving in the Burley Idaho bishopric and later with Bishop A. Dean Jeffs. He extended his short genealogy mission call beyond seven years, starting in the BYU genealogy center with his older brother Leslie Shupe Raty. His beautiful calligraphy graced numberless "Hearts of the Children" certificates for Primary children successfully completing tours at the BYU library. He helped many older adults transition to computers for their family records. He also enjoyed "lunch bunch" neighborhood friends.
Laine is preceded in death by his parents; wife Jennie Clavell Raty; son Dallas Laine Raty; daughter Lorna Raty Brown; granddaughter Adrian Foutin; many Raty and Shupe aunts and uncle; brothers Leslie Shupe Raty, Lawrence K. Raty and David Ralph Raty. He is survived by Janet Raty, Brenda Beth Miller (Dennis), son William "Bill" Charles Raty,15 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 11, 2021 at the Ogden Myers Memorial Chapel, 845 Washington Boulevard, Ogden, UT, 84404. Friends and family are invited to visit in Ogden Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. prior to 11:00 a.m. services at the same location. Interment at Lindquist Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd., Ogden, UT 84401.
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