Obituary of Ron Jenkins
Ron Jenkins passed away on Oct. 2, 2016. He was 67.
Ron was born on Dec. 11, 1948 in Grass Valley, California to Lawrence and Doris Jenkins. He lived most of his life in Nevada County. Ron graduated from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. He began his career in the 1970s in Marysville as a probation officer and became Assistant Deputy Director of Probation before taking a position in Sacramento as a Field Representative for the Board of Corrections. He retired in 2006.
Ron Jenkins, above all else, was a family man. He met his wife in 1981 while living in Yuba City. They married in 1983 and moved up to Penn Valley soon after their first child, Katie, was born. They moved into Lake Wildwood after the birth of their second child, Ken, and have resided there for almost 30 years.
Ron was always a lover of music. His first instrument was the drums, and he played in a band, The Golddusters, during his college days. Later he taught himself to play guitar. He and his wife spent their courtship playing music in some of the restaurants and bars in Marysville in the early 1980s. Years later in his retirement, Ron spent a few years playing drums again in an old guys’ band called Rollin’ Hazzard.
Ron loved hiking trails at the Yuba River, kayaking in some of the small lakes in the area, and spending time with the family pets.
Ron is survived by his wife Cheryl; daughter Katie Jenkins, of Seattle; and son Ken Jenkins, of San Jose. He is preceded in death by his father Lawrence Jenkins, and his mother Doris Jenkins.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 9, at the pavilion in Commodore Park in Lake Wildwood.
Memorial contributions to Sammie’s Friends, a local animal rescue organization, would be most appreciated. Ron enjoyed being a volunteer dog walker and has been a “dad” to several rescue animals over the years.
Arrangements are under direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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