In Memory of






Obituary for Raymond E. "Coach Ray" Jindra

Raymond Earl Jindra “Coach Ray “ age 78, peacefully passed away on
September 22, 2022 in his Chula Vista home surrounded by family.
Coach Ray was born March 28, 1944 in National City, CA to Ernest Jindra and Nina Jeffrey Jindra. His younger brother Michael Wayne preceded him in death in 2005. He grew up in Chula Vista and graduated from Hilltop High School, class of 1962. Ray was an excellent athlete and played several sports including baseball, basketball, football and bowling. His grit, determination and love for sports earned him a few nicknames like in bowling he was “Sugar Ray” and in baseball “Ray the Rocket”. In one particular baseball game he was thrown out at first base and his team commented “I guess “Ray the Rocket” was only running on one jet.” On June 8, 1963 Ray married Faye Lee Powell. Together they have four children. In 1965, Ray became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Ray was a dedicated and faithful member of the church. His service, lessons and positive influence on many will live on forever. Within the church Ray has held many positions including bishop of the National City 2nd Ward and Chula Vista Young Single Adult Ward. He served on the High Council for 9 years, was a youth leader, athletic director, and nursery leader. His favorite calling was when he coached the church youth sports teams, where he made connections that have lasted a lifetime. On November 14, 1981 Ray married Karren Spencer and added her two daughters to the family. Ray worked at Pacific Messenger, 7Up, Hostess, Terminix, and San Diego Job Corp. To everyone Ray was known best as “Coach Ray”. His coaching career began back in 1975 when his oldest son started Little League. He has coached ever since then, baseball, softball, football, track and field, volleyball and his favorite, girls basketball. He coached at several local high schools and colleges including Sweetwater High School, Southwest High School, Marian High School, Hilltop High School, Cuyamaca and Southwestern College. One of his greatest accomplishments is that he is known as the 3rd most winning coach for high school girls’ basketball overall in San Diego County with 567 total wins.
Ray was a true San Diegan. He loved his SD Padres. He loved his family. He laughed, he cared,he inspired, he taught, he worked hard and enjoyed quiet naps outside by the pool. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Coach Ray had one main goal in his life and that was for his family to be proud of him. He is survived by his wife, Karren Jindra, his children, Didi Pulsipher (Michael) Hemet, CA, Darrin Jindra (Kim) LaDera Ranch, CA, Daina Walch (Curt) Hemet, CA, Derek Jindra (Annie) Hemet, CA, Carrie Brabants (Paul) Jordan, UT, Traci Watson (Scott) Mission Viejo, CA. Ray also leaves behind 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
All family and friends are invited to attend the memorial services held on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 6:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: 1509 E H St. Chula Vista CA 91913.