in Gilroy, California in 1964 to Ray and Mary Ann Barragan, Ray
attended local Salinas and Gilroy schools. At the age of 17 he
enlisted in the Army and served for 4 years.
In 1990, Ray
settled in Chowchilla, CA where he began working under his
father in the family business, Golden Memorial Insurance
Services. With his family still in Hollister, Ray was ready to
start a family of his own. Ray is married to Lisa Barragan and
between them they have 8 children – Nick, Nathan, Natalia, Alek,
Aimee, Madi, Emmy and Katie. Six of the children are
Chowchilla High School graduates and two are currently attending
schools in the Chowchilla School Districts.
Ray has been
committed to the growth of our youth and the community of
Chowchilla since arriving in the early 90’s. He has
coached city and high school sports including baseball and
basketball. He takes pride in the community of Chowchilla
and is constantly willing to serve and assist this wonderful
community at any time.
Ray had been a member of the Chowchilla
Planning Commission for the 12 years, from 2004 to 2016. He was recently named the Chowchilla District
Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year for 2016 and
received an award from the City of Chowchilla in recognition of
a person who is deserving of a place in the lasting history of
Chowchilla. Ray has been a benevolent giver to the community
through youth sports, Chowchilla Police K-9 programs, summer
park concerts and outdoor movie events, along with
In his spare time Ray enjoys traveling and
spending time with his family and his two dogs, Sam and Dexter.
Ray was elected to his first term with the Chowchilla City
Council in November 2016. His term expires in December 2020.