Ray Lavender died Monday, Jan. 1, 2007, in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, after a four-and-a-half-year battle with lung cancer. He was 74 years old.
He was born in Pensacola, Fla., in 1932. After graduating from the Parsons School of Design and New York University, he pursued his design career in Omaha, Neb., and Dallas. In 1969 he moved to Aspen, where he opened Ray Lavender Co. He continued with his associates to create elegant homes in many areas of the country for almost 40 years. He died at his house in Baja, his beloved final project. Design, construction and art were the essence of his life, besides family and many dear friends. All will profoundly miss him.
Ray is survived by his wife, Rosemarie; sister, Betty Maddux; his family, Gordon and Debra Banks, Granger and Susy Banks, and Gregory Banks; and grandchildren, Adrian and Misha Banks.
A private family service took place Tuesday, Jan. 9, in San Jose del Cabo.In lieu of flowers, please consider the charity of your choice.
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