March 4, 1955 - Aug. 30, 2013
Ronald Carl Packer was born on March 4, 1955 and passed on Aug. 30, after a hard-fought battle with lymphoma. Ron grew up in Vacaville and attended Vacaville High School, where he was a standout wrestler from 1970-1973. He later received a scholarship to wrestle at North Idaho College. The following year he joined the U.S. Army and represented the Armed Forces wrestling team, winning the European championships in Germany. He finished his wrestling career with another scholarship to Weber State in Utah.
Ron worked for the Navy at Mare Island before its closure as a mechanic on nuclear subs. After a brief time as a correctional officer at Ione Prison, he later returned to Mare Island, working for the U.S. Army as a Chief Engineer on Army LCU boats. In 2004 he spent a year in Kuwait, and he was involved in missions to Honduras, Alaska and Japan. He finished 20 years with the Army Reserves last spring as a CW4.
Ron enjoyed golfing, hiking, camping, exercising and spending time at his coast home in Irish Beach with his family and friends. He was an active man, as shown by his climbing of Mt. Shasta with his son Erik and brother-in-law Frank in 2003, as well as running several triathlons over the years. He was a dedicated father and husband, and his two children were his pride and joy. Natalie and Erik will always remember throwing the football around on the beach with their dad or carving pumpkins out by the pool. Ron was so proud watching his children grow into thoughtful, caring adults.
Ron will be remembered as an amazing and strong man that could and would do anything for those around him. He made us laugh with his jokes and life's lessons and sayings, and we are going to miss him so much everyday.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lori, and their two children, Natalie and Erik. He also leaves behind his mother, Patricia, and brothers, Dave (Etsuko), Steve (Deborah), and Keith (Brenda) Packer, as well as numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, family and friends. He was predeceased by his father, Homer Carl in 2004.
A celebration of Ron's life will be held on Friday, Sept. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Vacaville Opera House. A private burial will be held later at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. Donations to the
can be made in lieu of flowers. The family also wishes to thank Stanford Medical Center and Dr. Krijanovski for their compassionate, professional care, as well as family and friends who continue to support us during this difficult journey.
Published in The Reporter on Sept. 7, 2013