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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ron tribute

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.

12 thoughts on “A Dignified End to a Life of Purpose

  1. Ron did have a way about him, and always made me feel special. I think that was his way. It breaks my heart that he is gone, such a wonderful and fun human being. He will be missed by all, and my heart goes out to his friends and family and especially his soul mate, I am so sorry.

  2. Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms send our sincere regrets at the passing of Ron. The service he did with the Patriot Guard Riders will never be forgotten. Welcoming our sons and daughters home from war is huge and so appreciated. God bless you Ron and your family.

    1. On behalf of Ron and his family, thank you for your kind words. He will be missed by many. He felt truly honored to be involved with the PGR…………………..patty

  3. Well, I have never done facebook so I’ll leave some comments in this space. Ron and I go back to the early ’70’s. He used to live across the street from me on Roberta Street up in Salt Lake. When we both drifted away from there we always kept in touch. I have way too many stories to try to crowd in this space- maybe just as well as some of them shouldn’t be in print anyway. I feel a great loss and an empty space in my life with the loss of a close friend like Ron. When we meet up again I’m sure that we will take up right where we left off. Ron, I wish there were more like you and to all that had the pleasure to know Ron, count the time spent with him as a blessing.

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