Born 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 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.
Chowchilla Government Involvement
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 many others.
Ray was elected to his first term with the Chowchilla City Council in November 2016. He served as Mayor Pro Tem for 2017.
In his spare time Ray enjoys traveling and spending time with his family and his two dogs, Sam and Dexter.