Ray Rubio died after a brief illness surrounded by family, friends, and his dog Butch at Denver Hospice on August 31, 2017. Ray was born June 18, 1952 in Los Angeles, CA. He spent most of his life in southern California but for the last 15 years lived in the mountains of Colorado. He was a member of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe of Southern California. Ray received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Florida and his doctorate of law from the University of Denver.
Ray lived the fullest of lives, hiking the Pacific Coast Trail, caring for mother earth in California and Colorado, and sharing his experience, strength and hope at his sweat lodges and in the rooms. He read voraciously throughout his life, almost always non-fiction and history. He had a ready ear and voluminous counsel for anyone in trouble or distress at any time night or day. His greatest loves were his program and his son Ben, who he liked to call his “little higher power”.
He is survived by his son Benjamin Rubio (Lauren Schiller), his daughter Sophia Rubio Arsenault (Otto Arsenault), his daughter Luna Butterfield, his grandchildren Mars and Desi, his sisters Susan and Sophie, his brothers Nacho and Ray Jr., his aunt Mary (Nee Nee), Ben’s mother Paula Mayer Rubio, an army of nieces, nephews, and cousins, Butch his dog, and a sober community that surrounded and supported him until the very end. He is preceded in death by his mother Virginia, his father Raymundo, his brothers Vincent and Hector, his sister Loretta, and his dog Rocky.
A memorial service is planned for the spring. Contributions in memory of Ray may be made to the Denver Hospice, 501 South Cherry Street #700, Denver CO 80246.