He was married man. He got married to Dorothy Aiko Fujikawa in Los Angeles on December 21, 1967. The couple remained married until the death of Ray Manzarek. They had one son together named Pablo Manzarek and three grandchildren.
In 2013, he was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma, a rare kind of cancer which strikes its bile duct and for the treatment he went to Germany. He died on May 20, 2013 while having the treatment in a hospital in Rosenheim, Germany at the age of 74.
He attended Everett Elementary School on South Bell Street and attended St. Rita High School in Chicago. He graduated from DePaul University with a degree in economics. He was a co-founding member of Nite City. His net worth was 25 million dollars.