Reynaldo Granja

March 23, 1951 - October 25, 2022

Reynaldo Granja, 71, passed away to his eternal reward to be with Our Lord  on October 25, 2022.  After battling kidney cancer for three-plus years,  Rey was comforted with his family by his bedside at his home in Murray, Utah.  His example of courage and strength has touched many family and friends.

Reynaldo Granja was born March 23, 1951 to Emilio Sr. and Flora Granja in San Louis Potosi, Mexico. Rey was fourth out of  nine children. Rey and his two older brothers would travel with their father to Texas to work on the farms.  Rey began work at the early age of four.  He was designated the 'water boy' to help the family with their farm work.  When Rey was eight his family settled in the Chicago area.  

After graduating from Farragut High School, Chicago in 1971, Rey went on to study mathematics/computers at University of Illinois.  After graduation, Rey applied his computer skills with Sears, Roebuck & Co. at the Sears Tower, Chicago as a programmer.  This launched a 39 year career in mainframe computer architecture with Sears/Discover Card.

Rey met Barbara at Sears, and in 1993 Rey married Barbara and went on to have two beautiful children, Garrett and Jenna.  In 1994, many Discover Card employees relocated from Chicago to Salt Lake City, Utah.  As a husband and father, Rey was exemplary as a provider, protector, and spiritual leader.  

In 2016, Rey retired and spent his time enjoying his cabin with many friends & family in the beautiful Uinta Mountains.  He also enjoyed skiing, hiking, horseback riding, garden landscaping, and making the best margaritas this side of the mountains.

Rey was predeceased by his father Emilio Sr. and brother Carlos.  He is survived by his wife, Barbara Driscoll, his children, Garrett (Aliyah) and Jenna, his mother Flora Torres, brothers & sisters: Emilio Jr (Doris),  Simon (Debbi), Elodia, Marina (Armando), Carmelo, Josie (Juan), Jose and countless nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, October 28, 2022 at 1:00 pm at St. Thomas More Catholic  Church, 3015 Creek Road, Cottonwood Height. A viewing will be from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the church. Rey will be laid to rest following mass at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 4th Avenue and “T” Street, Salt Lake City. 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be directed toward St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at