Tadano, Ronald George
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57, passed away on May 8, 2012 in Phoenix, AZ surrounded by his family and friends. He has lived in Arizona for over 56 years. He was born on July 26, 1954 in Harlingen, TX to George and Rena Tadano. He attended Maryvale high school and was voted "Most Charismatic" in his class. He worked as a robotic camera operator with CBS and other television networks and has won several Emmy awards for his work in filming various Superbowl and Masters events. Ronnie loved to fish and held a state record for 10 years for a walleye that he caught at Canyon Lake. He loved his black corvette, gardening, cooking,and music. He was also a huge sky diving enthusiast in his younger years. His family describes him as a huge practical joker and has video and pictures to prove it. Most important of all Ronnie loved his family and friends and they will miss him greatly. Lastly, Ronnie was very proud of the fact that after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in 2008 he was cancer free one year later. He accomplished this through in depth research and as a personal mission to find an alternative treatment that challenged Western medical practices. Despite constant doubt and assurance from doctors that the method he was pursuing would lead to certain death, Ronnie would be happy to declare that he died cancer free. He would want others to be aware of his success and the possibility of other forms of cancer treatments available. He is survived by his girlfriend Linda, children; Kristal, James, and Kendall Tadano, and Olivia Williams (Sterling), brother Charlie Tadano, sister Peggy Hewitt and mother Rena Tadano. Memorial services will be private. To share online condolences, please visit www.hansenmortuary.com.
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 11, 2012