- 77 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 18, 1934
- Place of birth:
Richmond, California, United States
- Date of passing: Aug 19, 2011
- Place of passing:
Walnut Creek, California, United States
|When people you work with do their job to make things right and still have time to smile and get along with others, I want them around. - John Wayne|
Welcome to the memorial site for Ronald Dewitt Carlston, beloved husband, father, and papa. His family encourages you to create an account and leave testimonials below or upload photos to the right.
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The memorial service for Ron was held on Wednesday, August 24th at 1:00pm at Peace Lutheran Church in Danville, CA (http://www.peacejourney.org/). Ron was honored by eulogies from business associates and friends Don Harvill and Geoff Dettlinger, cousin Edith Carlston, and church/family friend Gun Johnston. Ron's daughter Jeanne and grandchildren Jamie, Haley, and Jackson also shared their thoughts and memories of their beloved father and grandfather. Where possible, the words spoken at the service have been added to the "Stories" section of this site.
Ron had specified the following charities as those he would like to support with donations in his name:
The Yosemite Fund
Now the Yosemite Conservancy, Ron's family has a long history of visiting Yosemite. Visit the following website to donate:
Donations can also be sent to:
101 Montgomery Street, Suite 1700
San Francisco, CA 94104
Boy Scouts of America, Mount Diablo Silverado Council
Ron was an Eagle Scout, and had fond memories of summers at Camp Wolfboro. Donations are handled via an external site linked from the MDSC website. Click on the "Donate Online" button on the following page:
Donations can also be sent to:
BSA, Mount Diablo Silverado Council
800 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Peace Lutheran Church
The Peace community has been very important to the Carlston Family for many years. Donations can be sent to:
Peace Lutheran Church
3201 Camino Tassajara
Danville, CA 94506
Please contact the church at (925) 648-7000 or email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
"Ron is truly missed. We can hardly believe he's been gone for 5 years. We miss the wonderful times we had with Ron & Nancy --- the trip to the Kentucky Derby, Tahoe, the many dinners, and Milt's lunches with Ron. So many good times --- wonderful, special memories of a great guy and dear friend!"
"I have to say that I always looked forward to hearing Ron's voice. We heard it when we visited or they visited with my folks..... always a good time."
"RON Sr....You are so missed by everyone!...XO Ellen and kids"
"Nancy and Family,
Even though Ron has left us, he still remains a presence in my life.
When I think of Ron, I think gracious, caring, integrity and loyal.
I am sure you know that he led by example and was a positive influence on everyone that knew him.
"We miss you so much Papa....life is not the same without you...
El& kids xoxo"
"Dear Nancy and Family,
Just wanted you to know my love and prayers are with you. We will always miss and treasure Ron."
"I still think of you every Friday night ! Your smile that would light up the room and warm my heart is not forgotten. Whenever I see Nancy, I get a little lump in my throat because you should be following her thru the door to give me a hug! i feel like your daughter is my beautiful sister! I can't look at the bottle of Crown without thinking of you. I raise my glass to you!"
"Erle an I always enjoyed visiting with you and Nancy in California. love, betty and erle"
"Happy Birthday Papa! i finally got my new car it wasnt the same without you! I love and miss you so much! your always and forever in my heart<3 Love, Haley Rae"
"Dear Ron Sr ...Thank you for being the best father in law!!! I miss you!
Love,Ellen & kids Xo"
"Well it's your birthday tomorrow Papa... not a day goes by that your not on my mind and heart. I miss our talks, and your infectious smile. I'll be sure to enjoy a scoop of our favorite Nocciola gelato tomorrow.
Love you. -Jamie Lee"
"We are deeply saddened about the passing of Mr. Ron Carlston Sr.
He was a well respected and highly dignified employer, and will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity. Our sincere condolences and prayers to the whole Carlston family."
"I can only say that the world has lost one of the best men created. He was a generous and kind human being, with a heart and an ear for everyone. I am proud to have known him. My love and prayers to his family. Peace Ron"
"Ron was one of a kind!! So sad to hear this news, The Metcalf family sends our prayers and know he will be missed by many. I remember him as a very kind and loving person, he always had time for his employees and took time to make you feel welcome. We will all miss him."
"Ron was simply the best. Our families had a long business relationship, which was always special. Everyone that knew Ron was better for it."
"Ron and I met in 4th grade, 1944, atg the Pinole "school on the hill."After RUHS graduation in 1952, our paths crossed only at HS reunions. Our last names creatged a bond that remained and I enjoyed our chats every 5 years. So sad that he is gone."
"Ron and I met in 1944 in 4th grade at the Pinole "school on the hill." After graduation from RUJHS in 1952, our paths crossed only at HS runions. It was always a pleasure to chat with Ron and Nancy and I will miss that. My condolences to the family."
"Ron’s honesty and integrity made him one of the most respected people in the industry and a definite pleasure to do business with. He will be missed by all. My condolences to his entire family."
"We received the news of Ron’s passing with such sorrow. Ron and Nancy have always opened their home to me and my family from Denmark with love and generosity. I will never forget Ron taking my mom for a ride in that Ferrari! Our thoughts are with Nancy, Jeanne and the family"
"My sincere condolences & prayers to the Carlston Family. I'm grateful to have known a very special, compassionate, generous, kind, respected & humurous man. Not only was he my employer, but he was someone I respected w/ many admirable qualities. Thank You Ron! See you in Heaven."
"I had the pleasure of working for Ron at Western Machinery. He was a very generous and kind man. Ron made a huge impact on my life. I am so blessed that he was a part of my life and I will forever be grateful for that. God bless Ron and his loved ones during this difficult time."
"I enjoyed working for Ron through the years and sharing our experiences about growing up in Richmond. We send our deepest sympathies to your family. Sincerely - Jerry Hunt"
"Jerry and I send our prayers to your family. Ron was a very important man in my father's (Tom Brower)life. My father respected and appreciated everything Ron did for him. Sincerely - Karen Brower Hunt"
"Ron was a real icon in the construction industry. His passion for integrity and performance was only exceeded by his bigger than life personality and generosity. I will miss our lunches and car talk..."
"Ron Carlston was a tough competitor. Through all the deals we competed for - win or lose - he did it with class. I have always admired the man."
"Ron was an amazing man to know; though years may have passed, my fondness of Ron has never waned. Ron was always a caring and thoughtful person, and continually challenged me to be prepared for the future, or the unknown for which I am grateful.Until we meet again, Ron. Godspeed."
"Thank you Ron for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the Western Traction Family...when I didn't even know the difference between a front loader or a backhoe. It was an honor & a privilege to be taught by the BEST!!"
"Ron and Nancy are l o n g time friends of our family, not sure but maybe even before i was born. Ron was there when my father passed away, this year. We all had dinner the night before. My family and i will always appreciate his kindness and treasure his pressence in our lives."
"I was sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He was a good business man and true to his word. He never forgot a promise. I enjoyed talking to Ron and gaining his insight on issues. My best to the family"
"Many have been touched by Ron's generosity, so kind and sincere. One of his gifts was his sense of humor and the smile that went with it. It was a privilege to know this special man and be part of his life. May God be with your family and give you strength in the days ahead."
"Ron was my competitor and then my employer but through it all he was a good friend. I'll truly miss him."
"We at Allied Construction Products, LLC are saddened by the passing of Ron Carlston. Ron's Western Traction Company was one of Allied's premier Distributors that was the "longest-running" with a 30+ year affiliation with Allied. Our deepest sympathies to Ron's family."
"Ron was more than the owner of Western Machinery. He was a mentor, father figure and friend We were blessed to know and work for this extraordinary man who lived life on a grand scale, yet was genuine and kind. Ron, "a hui ho", till we meet again."
"Ron meant so much to so many, he was always such an inspiration to people he touched. His integrity and never ending inner strength provided all of us an example of what we should strive to be. Such a strong yet kind man. My heart goes out to Nancy and the entire Carlston family."
"Dear Nancy and Family,
The tributes written about Ron underscore his integrity, generosity, and love of family. We, at Peace Lutheran, have been blessed to have him as our friend and advisor. My deepest sympathy and love to each of you. Arlene"
"Ron, I have always loved you. every time I was in trouble(that was a lot of the time) you always there to bail me out. I thank you for every thing you've done for me. we met in 1957 when we were both still kids. It's going to be hard to go forward without you to take care of me."
"Since meeting Ron, I have always been inspired by him.
He is a man of integrity, with remarkable character and spirit. We will miss Ron, he was one of a kind.
My condolences and prayers to Nancy and the entire Carlston Family"
"I met Ron in the late 50s when he ran a Hopto 500 in a
demo. He always had that bigger than life personality.
Ron was our go to guy for cranes.His enthusiasm and support picked Nate and I up during the tough times"
"Ron Carlston was a man of character, integrity, and his reputation was second to none. A very honorable man. Heartfelt condolences and prayers to the entire Carlston family."
"Our hearts are heavy and our memories full with the joy of the generous and caring man we knew as Ron Carlston. The guidance he provided to his family and the loving partnership he had with Nancy was inspiring. May the blessing of his life sustain the family in their sorrow."
"My dearest Nancy, I send my love to you and your incredible family, all have been guided by your wonderful Ron and you my dear friend. You have always been a fantastic lady. A great team for all who shared your life. Cherish the memories, build some new ones, Love Betty & Dick"
"Always a warm, firm handshake, always a big grin, and a great sense of humor. Ron was a real gentleman. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy, his children and grandchildren."
"Ron was one of the most respected men in the construction industry. The lessons learned from this industry icon have indeed changed my life and my families lives forever. His presence always commanded the respect of everyone he met. Ron will be missed by many."
"Jeanne and I attended CLU together and I first met Mr & Mrs Carlston during Parents Weekend--I admired the ways he loved his family and I will always remember his generous heart. David and I are thinking of your family, our most sincere condolences."
"Ron was a giant among men and the world a much better place because of him. We all pass this way just once and nobody lived, loved and enjoyed it more than Ron Carlston. My heartfelt condolences to his entire family. He will be missed by many."
"Ron was the unusual combination of a big strong manly man who had a twinkle in his eye and an open generous heart. He was a man of honor and chuckles and I loved being around his and Nancy's welcoming ways. God bless you Ron and all of your family."
"Ron has been a great inspiration to me and allot of others who have known him. I met Ron through he being a customer however I've always felt Ron to be a friend as well. He will be missed considerably. His contribution to the construction equipment industry will go on forever."
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