Ronald David Dettman
1937 - 2020
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Ronald David Dettman

El Paso - Ronald David Dettman, 83, entered Heaven's gates on December 30, 2020. He was born in La Porte, Indiana on February 1st, 1937 and spent a portion of his childhood in Lincoln's hometown of Springfield, Illinois but eventually made his way with family to El Paso, Texas. He graduated from Austin High School and earned a Bachelor's degree from Texas Western College. He taught English and Journalism at Bel Air High from 1959 to 1976 and later taught at Parkland High School. He also was a disc jockey at both KROD and KTSM News Radio and had the perfect radio voice. He loved reading and writing as well as music and learned to play the guitar himself. One of his favorite hobbies was singing with the Border Chorders for several years. He always led everyone in family sing-a-longs at all family gatherings.

He is survived by his children: sons David (Tammy) and Craig, daughters Robin and Laura and grandchildren Michael and Kaitlyn. Also survived by sisters Carole Kleinschmidt and Kay (Bob) Neale, half brother Victor Bunton, multiple nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Doogie. We will miss his singing, laughter and especially his silly dad jokes. A memorial service will be held later in the year due to the current pandemic situation in order to keep family and friends safe.






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Published in El Paso Times from Jan. 13 to Jan. 17, 2021.
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January 20, 2021
A wonderful yearbook/journalism teacher! Thankfully he was in my life! We learned so much from him and had a blast every day going to his classes. He had the patience of a saint! He taught me how to develop photos which I love doing to this day! My condolences to his family.
Brenda Nabors
Teacher
January 18, 2021
I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Dettman's passing. He taught me so much about writing as my creative writing and journalism teacher at Parkland High School many years ago. Best advice he gave me that I have never forgotten after nearly 40 years: "Writers write. Don't stop writing even if no one is publishing your words." I have done so and finally had one book published a few years ago. Working on another and spent my life writing even when no one else would read the words, as exercises to keep me in practice. Thanks, Mr. D! May perpetual light shine upon you and may you rest in Peace!
Lynda Tummillo MacFarland
Student
January 16, 2021
I am thankful to have had him as a teacher at Bel Air. Please accept our condolences. He was a wonderful teacher.
Bertha Herrera
Student
January 16, 2021
He was such a sweet teacher.He certainly taught me skills that would aid me for the rest of my life. I taught several speech classes in my career.
Lora Crews
Student
January 15, 2021
Mr. Dettman,was a great teacher. Had him as a teacher at Parkland for yearbook, loved the way he taught. Very patient man. Very knowledgeable.
Yolanda Muehlbauer Soltero
Student
January 15, 2021
Mr. Dettman was a such a wonderful teacher. He supervised Literary Magazine when I attended PHS and I learned so much from him. Remember his great sense of humor and how supportive he was of his students. My thoughts are with his family. RIP, Mr. D.
Stephanie Rauch
Student
January 15, 2021
Mr. Dettman was one of my favorite teachers. It was such a pleasure to be in his journalism class especially since he also taught my two older brothers as well. He had some great stories and jokes. We'll miss him very much. Our thoughts are with his family.
MARIO MARTINEZ
Student
January 14, 2021
You were my favorite PHS teacher. I learned so much from you and am so grateful you encouraged my love of photography and writing. Co-editing the newspaper taught me a lot about running a project and independent thinking. I am so glad I learned the old school cut and paste with rubber cement and blue grid paper. Everything is now on computers and when I went back for our 10-year, you let me use your computers to help layout name tags. Thank you for encouraging me. I would not be who I am today without your influence. You will be missed. RIP Ron Dettman.
Darla Alvarez
Student
January 14, 2021
Sorry to learn about this. Ron was my senior-year journalism teacher and one of my favorites. I also enjoyed talking to him about music and radio. — Robert Philpot
Robert Philpot
Student
January 14, 2021
He was a fun, caring teacher.
Joyce Cotton Puthoff
Student
January 14, 2021
Mr. Dettman was one of my favorite teachers. I loved being in his speech class in 1969-70, my senior year at Bel Air and while I respected him, he seemed more like a friend than a teacher. We were both DJ’s at different radio stations and we loved visiting about it. When I go through my yearbook, I read what he wrote with great fondness. Sending a big hug all the way to heaven to Mr. Dettman.
Gus Perez
Student
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