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Leo Raymond (Ray) Newcombe Jr., 73

| September 15, 2022 1:00 AM

Leo Raymond (Ray) Newcombe Jr., M.D., passed away Aug. 2, 2022, in Vancouver, Wash., at the age of 73.

He is survived by Sally, his wife of 43 years; daughter Melissa Moore (Patrick); and grandsons Keaton and Wesley, all of Camas, Wash.; brothers Richard (Carole), Robert (Debbie), Jerry (Kirsti) and John (Frances); sisters MaryAnn (Chuck) and Margo (Dan); and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Ray was preceded in death by his father, Leo; mother Ann and brother Douglas.

Ray was born and raised in Chicago and eventually made his way out to the Pacific Northwest where he met Sally. He was able to pursue his outdoor hobbies of hiking, backpacking, trail work, and most importantly, skiing. He lived for Idaho winters and downhill skiing. There was never a “bad day” at the mountain.

Ray devoted his life to his family, his 35-year career as a physician, his 27 years on the Schweitzer Ski Patrol, and to supporting many environmental organizations to which he belonged. He truly cared for the Earth and preserving it for generations to come. Ray's curiosity and sense of humor, plus his love for skiing, exercising and chocolate chip cookies will never be forgotten.

An informal open house celebration of Ray’s life will be held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, at The Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash St., Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Appetizers and beverages will be served. Parking is limited on the street at the venue, so please consider parking in the city parking lot next to the Visitors Center and walking through the tunnel under Highway 95, crossing the railroad tracks to the venue.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association by phone, mail or online at

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