Ray Maltos, 61, of Sunnyside passed away at home on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, after a six-year battle with prostate cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends at his passing.

Ray was born Sept. 25, 1951 in Sunnyside to Ralph and Sara Maltos.

He married Marla Pelley of Granger on Nov. 24, 1973. The made their home at the Crazy M Ranch in Sunnyside.

Ray grew up in Granger, graduating from Granger High School, the University of Washington and received his master's degree from CWU.

He became a teacher, then a grade school principal. He retired from Lister Elementary at the Tacoma School District in June of 2012.

He was an avid UW Husky fan and supporter.

His interests were enjoying Husky football games with his family and friends.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart, Marla; three children, Michael (Emma), Drew (Keri) and Megan; grandchildren, Nate, Annie Jo, Landon, Preslee and Farrah Ray; his parents, Ralph and Sarah; siblings, Mary Bond, Jim Maltos, Raynaldo Maltos and Nora Rodriguez; and many nieces and nephews. Special thank you to nephew, Matthew Maltos for all his care and support through Ray's illness. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law that were true sisters to him, Dicey Pelley, Charlene (Chris) Miller, Sheryl (Rick) Pewtress and Glenna (Freddie) Christiansen.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Yolanda; his grandmother, Machaga; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mickey and Chuck Pelley; special friend nephew, B.J. Miller; and niece, Alison Miller.

Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, from 2 to 8 p.m., with recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at 11 a.m. at United Methodist Church, Edison Avenue in Sunnyside.

Special thank you to Mountain View Home Health and to Lower Valley Hospice.

Those wishing to honor Ray's memory may contribute to the UW Prostate Cancer Research.

Those wishing to sign Ray's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home Ltd and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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