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Ronald Lee Franklin
July 22, 1942 ~ January 19, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Ronald Lee Franklin, age 80, of Sonoma, CA. passed away on January 19th, 2023, due to lung cancer. He passed while at his home in Sonoma Valley surrounded by his family. He is loved immensely and will be missed beyond words.
Born in Benton, AR. to parents Hensley and Louise Franklin, Ron's family moved to Sonoma Valley when he was a young child. He grew up with and is survived by his older sister Beverly Mikita and twin brother Donald Ray Franklin. Later in his adult years he discovered that he had another older sister, Billie Burnette and took delight in getting to know her.
Ron joined the U.S. Army when he was 17 years old. After being honorably discharged and returning to Sonoma Valley, he began employment at Sonoma Developmental Center where he worked for over 38 years and served on the board for the California State Employees Association. Early in his career, he also attended Saint Mary's college where he received a master's degree. After retiring from Sonoma Developmental Center, he found joy in spending time with his family, served on the California State Retirees board, ran half-marthons all over the bay area, poured wine at several local tasting rooms where he became a wine lover and connoisseur. He also volunteered at many local wine events as well as at Jack London State park, where he especially loved to be.
Ron is survived by his wife of 53 years, Hilda Estela Teran-Franklin; two sons David Lee Williams and Ronald Teran Franklin; three grandchildren Rhiannon Alayne Lorenzini-Alva, Sydney Yarrow Justine Lorenzini-Deal and Madison Mara-Estella Franklin. Being a dutiful and dependable father as well as a loving grandfather was of the utmost importance and he wholeheartedly loved his family.
A celebration of life with a memorial wine toast will be held at Duggan's Mission Chapel in Sonoma on Friday, April 14th from 11 am to 1 pm. Ron's family will be present to welcome all that want to take part in rememberance of a caring and wonderful man.