09/29/1943 – 08/15/2020
Ron passed away peacefully on August 15, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He died from complications brought on from a stroke suffered in 2014. His family and friends were a constant presence throughout his long journey. He managed his health challenges with great courage and dignity. He was preceded in death by his parents Mike and Lucy Malaspino and brothers Mike Jr. and Robert.
Ron was born and raised on Beacon Hill where he graduated from Cleveland High School in 1961. After Graduation, he went directly into the Army National Guard. Upon returning from the Guard, he went to work for the Seattle Times. He later worked for the Seattle Water Dept. and Seattle City Light. He completed his public service career at King County Water Dist. 20 where he retired as a General Manager after 42 years of service is 2005.
Ron was active in his community. He served on the school board for Our Lady of Lourdes School, was assistant coach for CYO basketball and served 20 plus years as Commissioner for the North Highline Fire Dist. 11 of King County. He was well liked and respected by all who knew him, both professionally and socially. His kindness and generosity were felt by all.
Ron was an avid fisherman and hunter, he especially enjoyed bird hunting with his partner and side kick PADRE. Ron never went anywhere without his faithful and loyal companion.
Ron was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Family was always first and foremost in his life. He loved spending time with all of them, getting together for everything from dinners to camping trips and trips to Disneyland with all the grandchildren and Hawaii for his granddaughter’s wedding.
He is survived by his wife Diane of 57 years, daughters Gina (Jerry) Patterson, DeAnne (Michael) Neudorfer, Grandchildren Kristin (James) Patterson, Connor Patterson, Megan Neudorfer and Great Grandchildren Dylan and Natalie Coomes; several nephews and nieces and extended family and friends.