Ronald Abe Solano
June 9, 1954 - April 4, 2013
Our beloved "Ragtime Ron" passed into the hands of our Lord on April 4, 2013, after succumbing to a major heart attack on March 25.
Ron was born in Los Angeles on June 9, 1954, to Abraham Solano, Jr. and Marlene Wilson. He attended local schools, graduating from Davis High and continuing his education at MJC and The University of Nevada at Reno.
After working for Nestlé Foods as a Sr. Sales Rep, bartending school in Las Vegas led Ron to the Port Allen Bar & Grill in Kauai, HI., bar manager at the Turlock Golf & Country Club, and to the high-end Zephyr Grill and Bar in Livermore. Here, Ron was in his element. Skills in management and as a sommelier gave him the opportunity to excercise his comedic side and use of props to entertain customers. That was Ron. Still crazy after all these years. Also, while working there, Ron spent 15 years as a CIF Wrestling Official for high schools throughout California. "If not for Coach (Dan) Gonsalves, I never would have pursued the idea of being an official for wrestling. At certain events, we laughed and talked about old times. He was a great mentor who really made a difference in my life."
One of Ron's greatest achievements was completing a World Cup Ironman Triathlon at the age of 40 while in Las Vegas. Considered a "gear head," Ron loved muscle cars, and his dream was to finish restoring his 1967 Olds 442. Lastly, we remember Ron as a guy who kept in touch with his childhood friends and his buddies at Davis High, especially the "D's Boys." (If truth be known, that name came from a rinky-dink little bar out McHenry where a bunch from Davis High hung out.)
Ron is survived by his wife, Janine; children, Matthew Solano and Christina Marko of Austin, TX, and Arthur (Brandi) Solano of Clarkston, WA.; step-daughter, Breanne Montieth of Modesto; mother, Marlene Wilson of Modesto; sister, Debbie Callas of Riverbank and brother, John Rios of Seattle, WA; his three granddaughters, Natalie and Julia Solano, and Nevaeh Montieth. He was preceded in death by his father, Abraham Solano, Jr. and his baby brother, Douglas Solano.
As a comedian, Ron could have made a lot of money, but he made a lot of friends instead. A light has gone out in the hearts of all who knew him.
As a way of explanation, Ron had made special plans for his mother's birthday the end of June, making it necessary to delay any services. Therefore, visitation will be June 28th at Franklin & Downs McHenry Chapel, 1050 McHenry Ave from 4-7 PM, with rosary at 6:00, and a Celebration of Life Memorial Service on Saturday, June 29th, at 11:00 AM.
Please remember to share your memories in Ron's guestbook.
Franklin & Downs Funeral Home
1050 McHenry Avenue
Modesto, CA 95350
Published in the Modesto Bee on Apr. 17, 2013