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Ray, 95, died March 11, 2020. He graduated from Homedale (ID) High School in 1942 and went into the US Army in 1944. Ray trained flight engineers, pilots and Co-pilots on bombers at Williams Field, Chandler, AZ, until the end of the war. Ray went to Washington State for two semesters before returning to McCall where he jumped the 1946-47 seasons. In 1956 he came back to Homedale to help on the family farm where he has been since that time. Ray was an accomplished pilot and was instrumental in the creation and development of the Homedale Municipal Airport. In 2020, in recognition of 60 years of service, the Owyhee Co. Soil and Water District renamed their "Conservationist of the Year" award the "Ray Mansisidor Conservationist of the Year" award.
Mansisidor was interviewed as part of a smokejumper oral history project currently housed at the University of Montana (UM) Archives and Special Collections. You may read or listen to the transcript by going to the UM digital collections here: https://scholarworks.umt.edu/smokejumpers/74/
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Mansisidor, Ramon J. "Ray" (McCall 1946)" (2020). Smokejumper Obituaries. 526.