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July 24, 1945 ~ March 9, 2022 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Ron Garrison, 76, of Sonoma, CA passed at his home on the morning of March 9, 2022, with his son by his side.
Ron was born in Hinton, OK. His parents, James and Louise Garrison, were sharecroppers that migrated to CA in 1952 to escape the lingering effects of the Dust Bowl. Ron had two sisters, Connie Curotto, who resides in Sonoma, CA and Pam Dimas, who resides in Camas, WA.
In 1965 Ron married Kay Myers and they had two children, Tami (Tamara) Steinkamp (1965) and James Garrison (1970). At the time, Ron was a construction laborer and eventually a heavy equipment operator for PG&E. His passion for horses and jeeps was evident by his days barrel racing & pole bending, along with the weekends off-road racing with the California Four Wheel Drive Jeep Club. He was a skilled artist, having created many pencil sketches and paintings during this time in his life.
In 1975, Ron and Kay were divorced, and after nine years with PG&E, Ron left the company to pursue positions with other construction companies, but later chose to strike out on his own as an independent heavy equipment operator. Over the decades, Ron worked on countless construction projects in the Valley and the Bay Area.
In 1996, Ron married his longtime girlfriend, Shannon Prince. They lived on the edge of town in Sonoma, CAand together raised a variety of animals. Visiting them was almost like going on a safari. Ron and Shannon divorced in 2009, after 26 years together.
Ron's next chapter included a fondness for motorcycles. Much of his free time was dedicated to working on or riding motorcycles. Ron participated in countless motorcycle charity "runs" that helped to raise money for a variety of causes.
Ron is the grandfather of three impressive young men, Charlie 28, Andrew 26, and Lucas 16.
He had an undying love for all animals. His love of dogs was evident as he went from Doberman owner to Dachshund owner (he had several wiener dogs over the years).
Throughout his time on Earth, Ron lived life to the fullest. He worked hard and he played hard! To those that knew him, he will be remembered as a good friend who was always ready to lend a hand, or he was an adversary, not to be toyed with! To his children and his grandchildren, he was "Happy Pappy" and we will remember him for his kindness, generosity, and loyalty to those who were important to him.