Raymond Boles


Raymond C. Boles, not only the oldest barber in Tempe, he was the best barber. At one time he had six shops. He was involved in many civic affairs. He was a member of the Tempe Historical Society and a charter member of the Tempe Boys Club. In 1973 Ray received the Gold Medallion award from the National Boys Club of America for his outstanding leadership, personal dedication and devoted service. He served on the Tempe planning and zoning board for six years.

He had received in appreciation plaque from the LULAC as Employer of the Year and also the Citizen of the Year Award from the V.F.W. He was a member of the Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, the Masonic Lodge and Shriners. A founding member of the Board of Directors Rio Salado Bank of Tempe and was Chairman of the Board when the bank sold to Zion Bancorporation. Ray was married and had four sons and one daughter. For his service in barbering, he was inducted into the Barber Hall of Fame in 2000.

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