Ronald Hoops(1957 - 2013)

Ronald C. Hoops

October 8, 1957

January 16, 2013

Ronald C. Hoops died on January 16th. Ron was born in Vallejo, Ca and was adopted by Dr. William and Irene Hoops. He grew up in Salinas, CA where attended Palma High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He was a wild land firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service during college and until he took a job as rod chainman at Garing, Taylor and Associates in Arroyo Grande, CA. It was soon apparent that surveying was the career choice for him as his job "required" him to be outdoors everyday. In later years the highlight of his week would be the opportunity to once again go "out in the field." In 1993, Ron moved to Reno where he worked as a surveyor for Osgood Engineering and then Gray and Associates. While working there he obtained his Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) license in 1994. He then became Survey Department Manager for Odyssey Engineering in Sparks, NV. He was a long time member of the Nevada Association of Land Surveyors (NALS.) One of the highlights of his career and the project he enjoyed the most was surveying the Black Rock Desert for the Thrust SSC (Super Sonic Car) land speed record. Ron worked on many projects in the Reno area, most notable include Legends, Atlantis Sky Bridge, Peppermill extension, Damonte Ranch subdivision, and numerous projects at the University of Nevada Reno.

In 1980, he married Becky Marier and they had two children, Emily and Ethan who he referred to as his "claim to fame." He coached his son's baseball teams from Little League through Babe Ruth; he was a volunteer ski instructor at Sky Tavern for many years; and he was a Boy Scout volunteer accompanying his son on many campouts from the Sierras to Camp Baker in Oregon. One of the joys of his life was to attend his daughter's art shows and he helped her with her art in any way he could, including modeling on occasion. Ron was an avid outdoorsman; he loved camping, snow skiing, water skiing, hiking, four-wheeling in the Toyota, hunting with his son and playing Frisbee.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. William and Irene Hoops. He is survived by his brother, Jeffery Hoops (Colorado Springs, CO), daughter Emily and son Ethan both of Reno, NV and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flower, the family asks that a donation be made in Ron's memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at A private memorial service is being planned by his children.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Jan. 27, 2013