Obituary of Ron Wright |

Obituary of Ron Wright

Ron Wright departed this life, June 24, 2017, in Grass Valley, CA. He was born September 18, 1936, in Coffeyville, Oklahoma, and was later raised in Kansas City, Kansas. Ron graduated from Turner High School in 1954. He then received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, and graduated in 1958. Shortly afterward he married Connie, whom he met at a sailing regatta in Annapolis. Ron was then commissioned as a Marine Corps officer and received basic training in Quantico, Virginia. Upon graduation he was assigned to the Marine Base in 29 Palms, California, where his first two children were born. His next assignment was to the Marine Barracks in Subic Bay, Philippines, where the family lived for two years, enjoying trips to Hong Kong and Japan, provided by the military. Ron then returned to 29 Palms for a year before his admittance to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he studied electronics. His primary hobby was photography and he took many photos while in Europe and various U.S. cities while accompanying Connie on her trips to business conferences.

His other main interest was sailing and he sailed in San Francisco Bay on his 27-foot boat for nine years. He was also interested in local politics and served on the local school board. Meanwhile, he spent many hours participating in his children’s many activities and sporting events and took many camping trips with the family. In 1976 Ron graduated from Santa Clara University, obtaining a juris doctor degree from the law school. He was asked by a friend to work in Washington, D.C., and the family moved to that area, where he worked in the Justice Department and at the Credit Union Administration.

Six years later the family returned to the West Coast, settling in Santa Cruz, California, where Ron installed the first computers in the local school district. He continued to travel, visiting Australia, New Zealand, and many towns in Mexico. Later he opened a small travel agency, giving sightseeing tips to prospective travelers.

His next move was to the Seattle area, where he worked on computer systems for Litton, a transportation agency, for seven years. He was introduced to kayaking by a local group and enjoyed trips to Canada. Finally, he moved to Grass Valley, where he enjoyed retirement, kayaking on many out-of-town and local lakes and hiking on the numerous local trails. He also took guitar and art lessons. He joined the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains and worked on numerous projects. He also served as a driver for the Interfaith Food Ministry.

Ron is survived by his wife, Connie and four children, Ron Jr., Patrick, Marcia and Chris, as well as five grandchildren, Michaela, Sarah, Alex, Mary and Madeline.

A private service will be at the Wright home.

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