Ronald A. Masters
1944 - 2021
Ronald A. Masters
June 3, 1944 - Aug. 14, 2021
Ron came into the world June 3, 1944 and left us with a lifetime of memories Aug.14, 2021. To know him was to feel a keen sense of empathy and caring. We might have felt it sitting beside him cheering on the Portland Trailblazers in his season ticket seats. We might have felt it discussing a support plan for a child in need at one of the Reynolds School Dist. elem. schools where he served as a teacher and school counselor for 30 yrs., or it might have been felt while sitting around a skillfully crafted campfire in a backyard patio or at one of his favorite campsites on the Oregon coast. Wherever felt, it was genuine and true.
Roxy Luther, his beloved wife of almost 20 yrs. has frequently described him as the kindest man she ever knew. The sentiment is true for hundreds of school children and teachers with whom he shared the kind of compassion that endures through the challenges of life. He will be sorely missed by those who call him husband, father, uncle, and grandpa. He is celebrated by his former wife, Linnea Masters; daughter, Serena Masters; son, Lance Masters; and grandchildren, Thyme, Brazil and Scout. Ron was a dog lover through and through. His friends such as Muppet, Sophie, Buck, Lucy, and Sandy through the years were more than pets; they enjoyed the rank of family. There may be no more iconic image of Ron than that of him sitting on a back porch, gazing into the woods while scratching the ears of his dog. Gardening became a great passion in his retirement yrs. as he made sure the garden was planted, the gophers were sufficiently harassed and his cherished dahlias were watered.
Born in Seattle, Wash., Ron lived many places: Lake Oswego, Sandy, Colton, Gaston, Sherwood and lately Bend, Ore. Our family would like to thank the staff at OHSU for the care and benevolence they provided in his last days. No memorial service is planned at this time. The memories created with Ron will be celebrated in our hearts forever.
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Published by The Oregonian from Sep. 8 to Sep. 12, 2021.
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Roxy Luther, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. It has been years since Metzger Elementary; how time flies. I am so very sorry for the loss of such a lovely man. Thinking of you.
Sue Hargrave
September 16, 2021
I met Ron Masters through his wife, Roxy. He had such a kind and gentle spirit with a clear love and appreciation for nature and the beauty it provides all is us. His way of looking at the world with such kind heart and soul is one to emulate and such a good reminder for me. Thank you, Ron. Rest In peace.
Margie Jones
September 14, 2021
We will miss Ron big time. Next door neighbors in Bend. Ron was a kind and gentle soul. We shared enthusiasm for gardens and nature. I was struck by how observant Ron was, especially with birds, wildlife, trees, and the natural landscape. Always in wonderment, he would savor the natural world just the way it is, with no need to change anything. Ron had an easy style; seemed to enjoy company, or a quiet afternoon. Ron taught me so much about living in harmony with my values. He had so much to offer, and he is definitely missed. Hope to see him again in next dimension. Rest peacefully Ron, a life well lived!
Carol Brennan
September 12, 2021
When I landed my first job as an elementary counselor in Reynolds School District in 1978, Ron was the only other elementary counselor in the district. I was quite wet behind the ears, and Ron took me under his wing, as a mentor and sounding board. I was and am grateful. May he rest in peace. My condolences to his loved ones.
Susan Ferguson-Whitney
September 12, 2021
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