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Ronald Maraviov
June 21, 1930 - Jan. 24, 2012

Retired Yolo County Fair CEO Ron Maraviov died on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 at age 81 in Woodland. He was born June 21, 1930, at Ligonier, Ind. After graduation from high school, Ron attended Compton Junior College and Chico State University.
Ron worked in the building trades for five years, was a sergeant major in the U.S. Army, then went to work for American Forest Products in Hayfork, where he stayed for 12 years.
Ron married Shirley in 1956. They have three sons, Mike, Craig, and Scott as well as two granddaughters, Sammee and Regan. Ron served as CEO of the Trinity County Fair in Hayfork from 1965 until 1969 before moving to Woodland to become the head of the Yolo County Fair. He was the CEO of the Yolo County Fair from 1969 to 2000 when he retired. He continued to serve the fair and its new managers as an adviser for many years after his retirement.
While in Hayfork, Ron served as a civil defense coordinator for District 3, county safety director,; was a member of the Board of Directors for the Hayfork Water District and an adviser for the Teen Club. Ron was named Citizen of the Year for Trinity County in 1968.
Fair-related activities for Ron have included chairman of the Western Fairs Cascade Area, member of the Western Fairs Board of Directors including years as vice president, president, treasurer, chairman of the Western Fairs Association Legislative Committee and adviser of the Joint Committee on Fairs Allocations and Classifications. Ron was elected to the Western Fairs Association Hall of Fame in 1982. He served on the WFA Board for 24 years. Ron served as an adviser to Senator Randolph Collier on Fairs in Senate District No. 1.
He received numerous resolutions from the Assembly and Joint Rules Committee for his work in the California Legislature.
Community Service Activities in Yolo County and Woodland took up a good portion of Ron's spare time. He was part of the Yolo County Sheriff's Reserve for the past 30 years, chairman of the Yolo County Red Cross Disaster Committee for 25 years, director for the Woodland Chamber of Commerce, president and campaign chairman for the Woodland United Fund, a Boy Scout Pack leader and assistant district commissioner, and a Rotarian for more than 40 years, holding the office of vice president and president. He also served on the Board of Directors for the California Fairs Service Authority.
Ron was also an avid sportsman and went hunting and fishing with his sons, brother, granddaughters, and friends. He hunted with both rifle and bow and had done demonstrations shooting the bow on several occasions during his life. He loved to fish and over the course of his life had fished in numerous lakes, rivers, streams, and the Pacific Ocean for all different types of species.
Ron had a wonderful sense of humor. He always had a joke to share or a witty remark at the ready that would make you laugh. Ron will be greatly missed by his family and friends, the fair industry that he was so passionate about, the people that he had the pleasure of working with, and all the lives of the people that he touched.
Ron is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Maraviov; sons, Michael, Craig and his wife Sandy, and Scott Maraviov; two grandchildren; brother, Robert Maraviov; and sister, Marge Maraviov. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hank and Vi Maraviov.
A private family service is scheduled. Donations in Ron's memory may be made to the Yolo County Fair Heritage Foundation by contacting the Fair Office at 402-2222. Please do not send flowers.
Published in Daily Democrat on Jan. 31, 2012
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