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Ray Eldon Fine

June 22, 1931 - September 11, 2022

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Obituary For Ray Eldon Fine

Ray Eldon Fine passed away Sunday, September 11, 2022, in Jackson, CA at the age of 91 years old. He was born in Hazelton, ID on June 22, 1931, a son of the late Georgia Viola (Wardell) and Milton Lewis Fine.

Ray is survived by his wife of 54 years, Linda Fine of Fiddletown, CA; son, Robert Fine of Pioneer CA; grandchildren, Sarah and Daniel Fine and great-granddaughter, Meara. Ray and Linda’s two daughters, Teresa Mondani of Ione, CA, and Jessica Fabila, of Fiddletown, CA; son, Blaine Lyman of Fiddletown, CA. Ray is also survived by a sister, Colleen Randolph of Sacramento, CA; a brother, Kenny Fine of Fiddletown, CA; numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Tammy Walker, son, Shane Lyman, and brothers, Bill, and Jim Fine.

Ray was a graduate of Sutter Creek High School and was the FFA chapter president. He worked with his dad, logging and as a mechanic while in high school. After graduating, Ray enlisted and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Being discharged, Ray acted as a farrier for 60 years, owning and operating Fines Stable. Ray loved fishing, team roping, and calf branding.

Linda Fine would like to express the deepest thanks and appreciation to Amador Residential Care and all the wonderful people working there for the care and love that they gave to Ray.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Contributions can be sent in Ray’s name to Hospice of Amador and Calaveras 1500 S. Hwy 49 Ste 205, Jackson, CA 95642 and Amador High School FFA Chapter at 330 Spanish St, Sutter Creek, CA 95685. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book.

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  • 09/20/2022

    Linda, I am so very sorry for the loss of your very special husband. I have such good memories of both of you. I always looked forward to him coming to shoe my horses as I was usually the last for the day and he would always roll out that bottle of coffee flavored brandy from under his truck seat for a shared "swig"! Great guy and you two were an AWESOME couple together. I'm sorry I wasn't able to visit you while I was in California, but it was so good talking to you on the phone. My heart aches for you and please know you're in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Vicki Shiba

  • 09/19/2022

    We enjoyed knowing Ray all these years. He will be missed

  • 09/17/2022

    My deepest condolences for the loss of Ray. He was the best farrier around and took care of my horses feet for many years.

  • 09/17/2022

    I remember Ray telling stories. He was a great storyteller and he would get a twinkle in his eye. Ray made me smile and laugh. He was a good man, hard worker, good husband, caring and competent. Ray and Linda gave horseback riding lessons to and helped many fortunate kids. He was a horseman and with his wife Linda, were successful at the horse shows and on the trails. They took great care of their horses. Ray will be missed, he was one of a kind, in the very best way.

  • 09/16/2022

    Linda and family- So very sorry to hear of Ray's passing. He was our back fence neighbor of 35 years and a Fiddletown institution for many more. The last of the old breed in town he will be greatly missed but not forgotten. Our best wishes to you and our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Dick and Lindy Smith

  • 09/16/2022

    Ray was a true friend, a superlative horseman, and the best farrier any horse (or owner) could ask for. I met him in the late 1960s, when my sisters and I joined the El Dorado Junior Horsemen's Association. In the early 1990s, he took my husband and me on one of his challenging horse camping trips to Raymond Lake on the Pacific Crest Trail. ("I Survived A Ray Fine Trail Ride," the t-shirts he and Linda gave us afterward, tell you everything you need to know about that ride.) In 1998, Ray replaced the too-long fenders on my 4-year-old daughter's saddle with temporary straps short enough for her to get her feet into the stirrups. Ray could fix, make, or invent just about anything you might need. But I'll remember him best for his kind and gallant heart, his cowboy wisdom, and his impish humor. Cross John Wayne with Will Rogers and add peerless horsemanship—that was Ray Fine. My condolences to all who loved him.

  • 09/16/2022

    Condolences to The Ray Fine family. His mom and I were good friends.

  • 09/15/2022

    It was an honor to be able to meet Ray and his wonderful family. He will always have my heart ❤️ And of one of the most caring and loving person that I was able to help take take care of. He knew exactly how to put a smile on your face. He will always be my favorite resident ❤️

  • 09/15/2022

    It was a true honor to get to know Ray and his wonderful family and to be able to help take care of him. He was definitely one of a kind. Always put a smile on your face no matter how bad of a day you were having. You will forever be in my heart Ray. ❤️

  • 09/15/2022

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Fiddletown certainly has lost an icon. A wonderful man. Survivor of the "old Fiddletown " now with the rest of the best❤️

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