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Thomas Laine Raty, son, husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and beloved cousin passed away on November 28, 2021 in Payson, Utah, in Mountain View Hospital, of heart complications and dysphasic pneumonia. .

Born February 5, 1927 in Ogden, Weber, Utah to Charles Leslie Raty and Berniece Shupe Raty, Laine was the second of four brothers. He attended the Ogden Schools in Utah, served in the Navy during World War II and later in the reserves, received his undergraduate and masters from Brigham Young University and a doctorate from the University of ‘State of Arizona. Inspirational artist, he has created numerous sketches, scenic watercolors, portraits in a variety of media – especially oil. He created unique pottery and excelled in calligraphy. He was a fashion illustrator and illustrated the cover of Children’s Friend magazine. His professional works have won awards, but he reminded everyone that “art is not a horse race where one finishes first”.

Laine was sealed for time and eternity to his high school girlfriend Jennie Clavell Brown on February 13, 1948 in the Salt Lake City Temple. He was an exemplary husband who loved his wife and respected her influence. They celebrated their 71st birthday in 2019 before Clavell passed away. Laine and Clavell loved their two sons and three daughters. As a father, Laine helped his children become better parents and was proud of their careers. Fishing with his brother Larry was also a must. Laine loved his extended family.

Laine enjoyed sharing his teaching talent starting in Burley Idaho, then in Ogden City schools and Brigham Young Academy, and ended his teaching career at BYU in the art and design department. Many of his students thanked him for his guidance and overcame the discouragement and challenges to continue their education. Some have chosen an artistic career because of its influence.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he embodied a deep commitment and service to others. He freely gave his talents and time to illustrate many ward newsletters, posters, class materials, and decorations for many church activities. His favorite calls included service in the Bishopric of Burley Idaho and later with Bishop A. Dean Jeffs. He extended his short genealogy assignment beyond seven years, starting at the BYU Genealogy Center with his older brother Leslie Shupe Raty. Her beautiful calligraphy has been honored with countless Children’s Hearts certificates for Primary children who have successfully completed BYU library tours. He has helped many seniors switch to computers for their family records. He also appreciated the friends of the neighborhood “grouped lunches”.

Laine is predeceased by his parents; wife Jennie Clavell Raty; son Dallas Laine Raty; daughter Lorna Raty Brown; granddaughter Adrian Foutin; many aunts and uncles Raty and Shupe; Leslie brothers Shupe Raty, Lawrence K. Raty and David Ralph Raty. He is survived by Janet Raty, Brenda Beth Miller (Dennis), his son William “Bill” Charles Raty, 15 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be on Saturday December 11, 2021 at the Ogden Myers Memorial Chapel, 845 Washington Boulevard, Ogden, UT, 84404. Friends and family are invited to come to Ogden on Saturday morning from 9:30 am to 10:45 am before the 11:00 am services at the same location. Interment at Lindquist Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd., Ogden, UT 84401. To send your condolences, please visit


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