John Coray Jr. |

John Coray Jr.

Memorial services for John Albert Coray Jr. of Grass Valley will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Grass Valley Veterans Building. Inurnment will be at Forest View Cemetery in Nevada City.

Mr. Coray died Saturday, Sept. 18, after a long battle with leukemia. He was 63.

He was born in San Francisco and raised in Pittsburg in the Bay Area. He graduated from Pittsburg High School, where he played basketball and football, and attended Diablo Valley College. In 1961, he joined the U.S. Air Force and worked to set up communication systems in Vietnam before and after the troops arrived.

After his discharge, he was a tech writer for Lenkart Electric Co. In the late 1960s, he became self-employed and owned his own woodworking shop, “Sound and Sea Woodcraft.” He was a cabinet and furniture maker trained by a Pennsylvania Dutch master. During this time, he was married and had three children. He married his second wife, Elizabeth Coray, on June 14, 1981.

While living in the Bay Area, he received his contractor’s license, and he was a Corion countertop fabricator. He moved to Nevada County in 1987, and opened John Coray and Son Construction in Grass Valley. He also coached girls basketball and eventually coached nationally ranked teams through A.A.U. He also coached the Shooting Stars basketball team for three years in two different recreational leagues. He then went on to be an assistant director at Vinny Del Negro Basketball Camp in Sacramento, Sandy Slade Ball Handling Camp, and a talent scout for Superstar Basketball Camps and the assistant director at West Coast Jamboree, a nationally ranked tournament for high school girls. He was in the process of opening JRS Sports Academy in Sacramento at the time of his death. He was a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance based at Stanford University.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Liz; children from his first marriage, Denise Ramos and son-in-law Steven Ramos of Morgan Hills, Melissa Coray of Eugene, Ore., and son Jason Coray and daughter-in-law, Sandra Dayco-Coray of Daly City; daughters with Liz Aimee Coray of Sacramento and Mandy Coray of Grass Valley; grandchildren Katie, Michelle and Ryan Ramos of Morgan Hill, and Paige Allison Coray of Daly City; siblings Ronald Coray of Bethel Island, Robert Coray of Visalia, Diane Carroll of Wellington, Nev., Patricia Coray of San Francisco, and Teresa Coray of Pittsburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Albert Coray Sr. and Conchita Jose Coray.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Liz Coray Family Trust Fund at Wells Fargo Bank, 214 Mill St. in Grass Valley or to the Leukemia Foundation.

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