Raymond John Malus, 73, of Los Angeles, California, passed away Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. He was born March 21, 1943, in New York City, one of a set of fraternal twins.
At a very early age, both twins were assessed as uncommonly bright. Ray taught himself to play the guitar, and suddenly he was popular. He started playing music professionally. He toured with a pop band for four years. He did radio broadcasting work then became a lounge act.
Ray went to Manhattan College on a Physics Honor Scholarship.
Ray taught himself musical arranging and composition. As a lounge act, he played Los Angeles, California clubs, played at the Sahara Hotel and opened the Landmark Hotel, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He played Harold's Club and the Riverside Hotel, in Reno, Nevada and entertained for many years on Princess Cruises. He studied acting at Zina Provendie's Actor's Lab, in Hollywood, California
In 1985, he abandoned show biz and became a programmer/analyst at UCLA School of Dentistry. In a couple of years, he became the director over computer systems.
During this time, Ray became Choir Director at St. Martin-In-the Fields Episcopal Church, in Winnetka, California, and wrote choral music.
Ray married for the first time in 1999, to Sharron. They met on a cruise many years before.
Ray retired in 2005 and wrote, directed and did web design and programming, usually for free.
He became a member of the San Fernando Valley Branch of the California Writers Club in May 2008. He was awarded the Jack London Award for Service in 2011, for his efforts on behalf of the branch.
For his contributions at the state level, he received the club's distinguished Ina Coolbrith Award for exemplary service to the CWC and the central board. He was only the eighth recipient of the award in 100 years.
Ray was a widely recognized author, poet, commentator, and playwright. He writing appeared on many websites and in numerous anthologies. He was the author of five published books.
Ray will be remembered for his dedication to service, his sense of humor, and his beautiful voice.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Sharron, and his brother, Richard
Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at St. Martin-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church, 7136 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka, California, 91306.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Ray's memory to his church, St. Martin-In-The-Fields.
Published on February 13, 2017