Ray Hunt was born August 31, 1929 in Paul Idaho to parents Joel Eugene Hunt and Zua Stella Shangle Hunt.  The family moved to Mountain Home, Idaho in 1933.  Ray attended Mountain Home schools and worked with his father on the family farm.  Ray married Millie Randall in 1948.  In 1950 they moved to the Battle Mountain, Nevada area where Ray worked as a cowboy for the T Lazy S ranch.  In 1955 the family moved to California.  Ray continued working with horses becoming famous the world over for his pioneering methods.  Ray married Carolyn Lord in 1980 at Georgetown Lake, Montana.  The clinics grew to epic proportions with Ray helping people and horses both domestically and internationally.  Ray often earned recognition for his achievements including the Top Hand Award, being inducted in to the California Reined Cow Horse Hall of Fame in 2004 and being named the first Western Horseman of the Year in 2005.

Ray passed away March 12, 2009 in Denton, Texas after a long and courageous battle with COPD.  Ray is survived by his wife Carolyn and daughters Geri Van Norman of Tuscarora Nevada, Kathy Hunt of Salinas California, Elaine Black of Homedale Idaho and Julie Ristau of Kodiak Alaska, his sons Joel Hunt of Bruneau Idaho and Preston Lord of Mountain Home Idaho, his sisters, Esther Fisher of Mountain Home , Idaho, Doris Alzola of Boise , Idaho, Karma LeMaster of Oregon and eighteen grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  Ray was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters, 1 grandson and 1 great grandson.

For those that would like to send cards please do so at the following address:

Carolyn Hunt
9698 E Hwy 20
Mountain Home , ID   83647



  I would like to say thanks to all of you kind and thoughtful enough to send your condolences and prayers to me and my family during this time of grieving.  Your expressions of sympathy and heartfelt appreciation for Ray are greatly appreciated and I cherish each and everyone.  Almost without exception you spoke of how he changed your life.  He changed me and gave me the opportunity to change my life.  Ray lived his life by his own terms; it wasn’t always easy, but it was very rewarding and fulfilling.

  He was feeling well and going home to do a class with students at the ranch. He was happy to be out of the hospital and looking forward to a rib eye and fried potatoes when he got home. He died like he lived and adjusted to fit the situation.
Carolyn Hunt




In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Ray Hunt Memorial Fund administered by the Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association. It will be used solely in support of programs dedicated to horseback riding for people with disabilities.  Ray was impressed by how the horses were able to impact people with disabilities in such dynamic ways and this program really meant a lot to him.  All donations are tax deductible.  For more information on CATRA please go the website:  catra.net or contact
Ben Nolt 717 – 649 – 9822.  Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association, Inc. is a Not-For-Profit Organization Recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.


PO Box 339

Grantville, PA.  17028-0339

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