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Ronald H. Wooten
The Marysville businessman and former City Mayor was passionate about a few things: family, work ethic and his community.

His major accomplishment was he served people passionately the best way he could, whether as a husband, a father, a papa, gas serviceman, business owner or City Councilmen – He was incredibly successful at it!!

On Sunday, February 8th, 2015, Ronald H. Wooten, 70 years old, passed away at Rideout Hospital with love and his family surrounding him.

Born a twin in Yuba City, California, June 5, 1944. As a youth, Ronald was a standout athlete in basketball and baseball before attending Marysville High School where he continued to play basketball and plenty of shenanigans with twin brother, Donald E. Wooten.

In 1961, the twins made local headlines joining the United States Army, promising to serve together under the "buddy system". Together, they served 3 years in Germany and France. Ronald had many successes while serving in the Army, marksmanship was his most accomplished achievement.

On his return from the service he met and married his wife Beverley Yore Wooten. Soon after they married, Ronald was relocated to the Bay Area to begin his thirty nine year career with Pacific Gas and Electric, it was there they started creating their loving family. Over the next three and half years Ronald and Beverley had three children who became Ronald's greatest treasures. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary March 3rd, 2015.

Several years later the Wooten's made their way back home to family and friends in Marysville where Ronald became an avid outdoorsman. His love for hunting, fishing, boating and camping has been a joy shared with the entire family and many friends, especially the trips with his children and grandchildren through the years.

Ronald's passion for leadership and his community was first evident as a Marysville Little League President and Player Agent. His love for baseball and youth also made him an amazing coach and friend to his little league teams.

Ronald was a community warrior! He assumed office as a member of the Marysville City Council on December 5, 1989; during his term of office through January 4, 1993 he was selected by his fellow Council Members to serve as Mayor during the year of 1992, and as Vice-Mayor during 1991, and as Chairman of Marysville Community Development Agency during 1991 and as Vice-Chairman during 1990. During the tenure of Ronald on the Marysville City Council, there was tremendous progress and improvement in the government of the City of Marysville. Councilman Wooten served on numerous committees and was honored for his exemplary achievements. Ronald took great pride in serving his community. He was also a member of the Elks, VFW and Clampers E. Vitus.

Those who knew Ronald have said, he was a consummate business man by nature. In 1996, Ronald purchased The Cigar Box in downtown Marysville as an awaited retirement hobby. The business soon became a family investment. First partnering and eventually purchased by his son, the late Charles Wooten. The Cigar Box has evolved into a family love affair and remains a treasure among its regular family of patrons!

Ronald was an amazing father who invested the greatest love into his children, however, it was being a Papa that shined the most beautiful light in his life. His devotion, to his grandchildren created the most amazing joy in his life. He was the roots and his family the branches, with strong roots he helped each grow in a special way. His legacy of commitment and love will forever be cherished.

Ronald H. Wooten is survived and will be deeply missed by his devoted wife Beverley Wooten, his daughters, Stacy Wooten Baker and Rona Wooten Desmond, son-in-law Pete Baker and four loving grandchildren, Lunden Desmond, Ty Baker, Maxwell Baker and Pierce Desmond. His mother Jessie Wooten, two sisters Elizabeth Mitchell, Bonnie Brown and numerous nieces and nephews. He is proceeded in death by his father Glenn Wooten, brother Wilbur Wooten, twin brother Donald Wooten and his only son Charles Joseph Wooten.

A service to celebrate the life of Ronald H. Wooten will be held, Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the Elks Lodge on D street in Marysville at 3 pm.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14, 2015
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