Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Ron Boatright

Born: 11/29/1938 Died: 10/14/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

Ronald Joseph Boatright, 72, passed away on Oct. 14, 2011, in Ogden, Utah. He was born on Nov. 29, 1938, in El Paso, Texas.Most of Ron’s formative years were spent growing up in Fontana, Calif. His good friend and future best man A.C. Phillips grew up just a few houses down the street.After graduating from Fontana High School he joined the Coast Guard as a radio technician. He completed the Coast Guard Training School in Groton, Conn., and then continued his service in the Philippines, and in Lompoc, Calif. Ron went on to a lengthy career in construction, building materials distributing, and electronics.Ron married Dorothy Jean Waddle in Fontana on March 10, 1961. Ron and Dottie’s loving family grew larger with Dan in 1964, Ken in 1966 and Jeff in 1969. They settled in Alta Loma, Calif., in 1966. Ron’s long list of community activities took off in the mid 1960s with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Mounted Posse. He led the Mounted Posse as its commander for a couple of years. He was also a special deputy reserve on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. It was as part of this group that he met some of his life-long friends; Tom Wickum, Bill Arthur and Phil Draper. As a businessman, Ron was active in the local Kiwanis Club which provided assistance to various community social service organizations. As a teenager in the Boy Scouts, Ron had completed the requirements necessary to achieve the designation of Eagle Scout. When his sons became teenagers it was no surprise that he became a leading fixture of the local Boy Scout Troop, serving as scoutmaster for many years. Ron had many hobbies and activities that he loved to share with family and friends. Hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping and boating were constant sources of fun and relaxation. For a while he took flying lessons, got his private pilot license and even had his own plane.In the mid 1980s Ron and Dottie bought land and built a vacation cabin in Montana. This cabin became Ron’s favorite place to spend time. Among the various good friends he met in Montana are Dave Clarke and Ted Waldo.Given Ron’s many skills in construction and other trades, and his desire to constantly be in action, he always had projects to keep him busy. Whether he was making changes or additions to the house or cabin (often just before the holidays), rebuilding or repairing vehicles or fabricating new trailers or equipment, there were very few dull moments with him around. If he wasn’t busy with his own projects, he could often be found helping out various friends and neighbors with their efforts. Good genetics and constant activity helped Ron enjoy good physical health. Unfortunately over his final years dementia and then Alzheimer’s disease robbed all of us of Ron’s wonderful and generous personality. He was preceded in death by his father Joseph, mother Bernadine, and brother Douglas. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy; sons Daniel, Kenneth and Jeffrey; and sister Nancy.