A Dignified End to a Life of Purpose

Ronald Lee Faubion passed peacefully at Noontime the 1st day of February. He was a special father to his 4 children, Veronica, Kurtis, Lauren & Monique, & devoted husband to Patty Faubion.

Ron was a rebel & a lover. He lived life on his own terms & never missed an opportunity to tell you, 6 inches from your face with a beaming smile, how much he loved & appreciated what made you special. He wandered any chance he got to make a new friend & knew how to bring out the best in those around him. He created a beautiful home in Volcano, CA with Patty, gathering friends & family regularly by the fire. When he wanted something, he made it happen & gave it his all.

3 years ago, he was in a life-taking motorcycle accident & miraculously made it through. Then, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. In these last months, he became more of a man on a mission than ever. Despite his injury, he worked tirelessly to turn their property into a masterpiece, tending to every single thing he could think of to leave his wife with nothing to worry about.

He barely slept. He had work to do. He filled his life as fully as possible. He’d always say, “If you don’t slow down, you can’t go down.”

During this time, he posted religiously to this blog his daughter Lauren helped him create. Writing was something he always meant to do, but hadn’t gotten around to yet. He took & shared pictures of everything along the way. This blog of his 114 posts is “a story of life striving to live with a purpose and dying with dignity.”

A couple weeks ago, his son Kurt helped him complete the last task on his list & everything shifted. He felt complete & quickly started to decline. His family came together over him as he entertained with jokes & laughter. They cared for him & each other as he led a journey of letting go.

He was a Leo & loved the Sun. He hadn’t seen it since remaining indoors after the much-anticipated only snow of the season. Per his request, his family took him outside to bask in the unseasonably warm breeze on the property he had manicured to perfection. He passed the next day through the portal of the Leo Blue Blood Super Moon Eclipse. He passed on his own terms, in his home, ready, & surrounded by love.

RIP Ron. We had a dance party for you. May his story inspire everyone he touched, & many more dance parties.




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Throughout this time, Hospice of Amador & Calaveras and the Fisher House at Travis Air Force Base were invaluable with their support. In lieu of flowers, Patty is asking that donations be made to help them continue to support others.

Ron’s family, per his request, is planning a celebration of his life, to be held in August for his birthday, at Chateau Three Fork, his home in Volcano, CA. You will receive an invitation here closer to the date.

Meanwhile, please share any memories, tributes & photos to Ron’s FaceBook memorial page.

A 63-year marriage!

January 15, 2018 –

63 years of marriage is quite amazing!  We all love Bill and Georgette Dickerson (Patty’s parents) for being there for each other for an amazing 63 years!  Not everyone can, has nor will do that…..



Daughter Veronica and husband Brandon with about the most adorable (we’re prejudice) granddaughter Journey, came up for a visit today.  Journey was free with hugs.



Fun in Amador City



Friday, January 19, 2018 –


Our dear friends Jim, Elaine and Louise came up today.  We had dinner at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City.  Ron had his favorite dish, grilled lamb chops.  Although the piano music was too loud to have a conversation over and the waitresses service was awful, we had a good meal but thought we may have chosen another venue.

Louise left early the next morning.  Patty and Elaine had an appointment to take down the Dicken’s Village they had built early December at the Sutter Club in downtown Sacramento.  When they returned to Volcano Jim and Elaine left for home in Shingle Springs.  Thanks to all three of you for an enjoyable visit!  Ron and Patty


Checking out Shakeridge Road

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 – 

We decided to get out and inspect the road repairs on upper Shakeridge Road near the junction of Hwy 88.  In November of 2016, the heavy rains washed the road down the canyon.  It took over a year for funding and repairs.  It’s open now.  They did a nice job and added several sections of guard rails.

We then went west on Hwy 88, looking for a place to eat an early dinner.  Not much open on a Tuesday in the mountains.  The OK Corral is only open for drinks, no kitchen yet.  So we settled at The Mountain Grill at Mace Meadows Golf Course in Pioneer.

Great atmosphere, food, and service at a reasonable price.  We’ll be going back!  On the way home Patty had some wine at the Whiskey Flats at the St. Goerge in Volcano where we ran into local friend Jim who picked up the bar tab, thanks, Jim.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 –

Had an appointment at the VA with a dietician to insure we’d get some ensure (a high protein, high-calorie chocolate drink).  We scored, they’ll be mailing us great quantities according to the dietician.  We also received lots of tips on appetite and eating.

We again had lunch at the canteen which consisted of a grilled fish sandwich with potato wedge for Ron and a veggie burger for Patty.

Canaries are Singing and Making a Nest, getting ready to lay an Egg or more

Monday, January 1, 2018 –

We’ve had quite a bit of folk dropping in this past week.  Thus, I just haven’t had much time to write.  Toby and Barbara were here for several days over the holiday.  Toby helped load rounds of pine, split and stack with neighbor Mike.  These are compliments of neighbors Larry and Zet.  It will be sometime this coming summer we’ll be able to burn these.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 –

The principal owner of JBS Energy, Inc., Jim made the trip up from Elk Grove today to visit.  It was a pleasant surprise to see Jim.IMG_2053.JPG

Thursday, January 4, 2018 –

Hospice Chaplain to introduce himself and visit.  He was nice to do so.


Daughter Lauren arrived shortly afterward from North San Juan, where she lives.

She designed a nice graphic depicting Patty’s second Saturn return to print on a tote bag.


Dinner consisted of a grilled Rib-eye steak with artichoke and “heart” baked potato.  We then settled in to watch some TV.  Lauren turned us on to a Netflix show, Black Mirror, a type of updated Twilight Zone.

Friday, January 5, 2018 –

We picked up neighbors Jeff and Cindi to caravan down to Al’s heartfelt memorial service in downtown Sacramento.  The service included military honors.  His Goldwing motorcycle was displayed during the service.  We saw many old friends that we used to ride with.


We stopped at the In-N-Out Burger on the way home for a double double compliments of Jeff and Cindi, thank you.

Saturday, January 6, 2018 –

Previous co-worker Jeff with wife Sharon came up for a visit bringing lunch of smoked chicken and potato salad, with Thai spring roll appetizer.  They also brought fruit from their citrus trees, grapefruit, tangelos, meyer lemons and limes.  Great visit with great people.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018 –

Bee and her fiance Jeremy came up to join us for a smoked chicken burrito with potato salad (thanks, Jeff and Sharon for the leftovers).  Wine, fun and a ride on Thumper.



Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 28, 2017 –

Having a Doctor’s appointment at 1:00 pm, we got there just on time, well five-minutes late anyway.  We were delayed by roadwork on the new roundabout recently being installed in Plymouth.

We had bloodwork and an appointment with Dr. Khauv, my primary doctor.  Bloodwork all good.  Mainly, sodium level was 130, which is very good!  Normal is 135 to 145.

Afterward, we had lunch at the canteen.  IMG_1981.JPG

I had a burger and fries and Patty had a chicken parmigiana sandwich at the #1 rated VA canteen.

Stopped at the Costco for fuel in Folsom and Tractor Supply in Jackson for a burned out low light head beam for Thumper and return an unused hitch part for a refund.




Friday, December 29, 2017 –

Neighbor Jeff and I retrieved the wash barrel out of our washer/dryer for another fire pit, which replaces the one I took from the chicken area and moved up in front of the shop.

Sunday, December 31st, 2017 – New Year’s Eve, 12:00 am.

We stayed up to the hour.  We haven’t done that for some time. I hope you had a fun time too.

Ron and patty new years

Thanks for reading our Blog,  Thank you for dropping a comment now and then too.

Sincerely, Ron w/Patty















Back to Normal?

Friday, December 22, 2017 –

My Daughter, Veronica and Brandon with their three children came up for the night.  Our daughter Monique also came up for a few days.  We went to the Union Inn for dinner.  Everyone had a fine time.  I think especially me.

I hadn’t seen my grandkids for 20171222_2148171 1/2 years.  It was deep in the heart and the greatest connection we’ve ever had.

Grandboy Madix brought his drone up and flew it expertly.  I think he could take out ISIS with it!20171222_182141.jpg

Then Veronica and I took Thumper into the wild and dark.  She was scared but she’d not admit that.

patty monique shopping

Saturday, December 23, 2017 –

The girls went into Fiddletown to do some shopping at a store they’ve got to like a little too much, Accents.  They were gone all day.  I hope they got it out of their system?

Kurt spent the day helping me finish this place off with the blowing of debris.  I believe we got it done, finally???


Sunday, December 24, 2017 –


Christmas Eve, Prime Rib Dinner and special night with our children.

Monday, December 25, 2017 –


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Monique and Patty put up the rope Christmas lights on the porch.  These will stay up all year to give a glow to the area.  Everyone got plenty of nice gifts.  The best was having family here with us.  Even friend Jay was here for dinner.


Tuesday, December 26, 2017 

Monique left today for her home in Cottonwood.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 –

Patty’s parents came up today for a leftover prime rib dinner, great visit and very tasty dinner.IMG_1976.JPG









































We Rode Quickly and Often

Saturday, December 23, 2017 –

P1130341.JPGMy very good and one of the best friends I’ve ever had died of cancer tonight at 6:30pm tonight.  That’s all I have to say right now.  I’ll talk with you tomorrow.

Love your family and friends.  They’re what’s important.

Thank you,  Ron w/Patty