November 28, 1930 - April 14, 2013
Resident of San Jose
RON E. JABAUT
11/28/1930 - 4/14/2013
God graced Ron Jabaut with many personas as he walked through life. Born in Dumont New Jersey, son of Hubert and Mary Jabaut. His dream as a teenager was to become a Marine but that was to come later. In 1948 he joined the Navy to see the world. In June 1950 his ship, the Silverstein a Destroyer Escort, swept mines off the shores of North Korea, during the Koran War. As the military came down from the Chosin Reservoir battle he volunteered with the Marines to help with their evacuation.
Ron married his beloved wife Gloria in 1951, they settled in San Jose. Upon his discharge from the service in 1953, He spent four years on the Palo Alto police Department. In the early sixties he was hired to be the first Marshall of the newly built children's amusement park, Frontier Village."Marshall Ron" became a beloved figure at the park, using his knowledge and research of the early west to write the make- believe gun fights which were held daily at the park. Eventually, he became a Sales-lease manager in the field of "over the road trucking" throughout the bay area for the next thirty years until his retirement.
In 1988 he joined the mid-peninsula Korean War Veterans Association and became involved with many former comrades. In 1991 he founded the Santa Clara County Korean War Veterans Association of which he was president.
His biggest challenge came in 1992 when he focused on honoring those service people from California who fought and died in the Korean War. He developed a non-profit organization dedicated to building a memorial for those who died in action or were classified as missing in action during the Korean War. With a small board of five veterans they pursued fundraising for the project. Ron obtained permission from the Federal Government to build the memorial in the new, San Joaquin National Cemetery in Gustine California. The architect along with Ron's sketches designed sixteen granite panels embellished with the names of over 2400 California service people became a reality in 1998. After six years of fundraising and $150,000 in their bank account the California Remembrance Memorial for Korean War Veterans was dedicated on August first 1998.
Pg 2. He was pleased when in 1999 the California legislators passed AB #2508, declaring the California Remembrance Memorial for Korean War Veterans the official Korean War Memorial for the state of California.
Ron continued his membership in several Veterans organizations over the years He held life membership in the FIRST MARINE DIVISION, DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS, AMERICAN LEGION#419, VFW POST #344, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF KOREAN WAR VETERANS, and KOREAN WAR VETERANS OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY AND THE KOREAN WAR VETERANS SILICON VALLEY CHAPTER. He held membership in the Chosin Few Organization, Marine League, Forty and Eight Voiture and was an associate in the Wounded Warrior Project. He especially delighted attending the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club with his fellow veterans.
Perhaps his greatest lifetime honor (and dream of his youth) came in 2002 when Commandant James Jones United States Marine Corp, awarded Ron the title of "Honorary Marine", for his dedication and support of the Corps. A highly sought after award given selectively by the Marine Corps of the United States.
Ron leaves his wife of 62 years Gloria, and children: Sheryl Perez (Robert), Denise Marchu (Mark), James Jabaut (Renee), and Bernadette Jabaut. He was predeceased by daughters Michele and Jimae Jabaut. He leaves grandchildren: Justin Marshall, Brad Ramezane(Adrianne), Nate Ramezane, Tessa Procton(Bruce), Christian Marchu(Jamie), Abram, Josh, Adam, Izaiah ,Sabrina and Elizabeth Marchu, Analeise Guild(Chris), Richard and Jason Taylor, Cheri Carmel(Alex) , Farris and Nickolas Jabaut. He also leaves 11 great grandchildren.
April 23, 2013: Viewing from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Rosary at 7:00PM Lima Family Erickson Memorial Chapel 710 Willow St. San Jose, California 95125.April 24, 2013: Funeral Service 10:30 AM, St. Leo's Church 88 Race St. San Jose, California 95126. Reception immediately following at Millpond Community Clubhouse 2320 Canoas Garden drive., San Jose, Ca. 95125.April 25, 2013: Burial Commitment service, 10:30 A.M. San Joaquin National Cemetery 32053 McCabe Rd. Santa Nella, CA. 95322
SEMPER FI, RON JABAUT
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 21, 2013