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Ronald Wilcock

Ron Wilcock was born July 22, 1935 in Kane, WY.  He had 1 older brother, Kennard, and 4 younger siblings, Wendell, Arvella, Brent & Thala.  Ron lived in Wyoming until 1951 when he was 15 years old and the family moved to Mesa, AZ.  Ron played football at Mesa High School.  He worked at a service station pumping gas.  Ron served in the army from 1954-1956.  He then served a 2 year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Central States (Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma) from 1956-1958.  Ron worked for a construction company in Utah and was working at Jacob's Lake when he met Diane who was visiting during a break from BYU where she was attending college.  Shortly after, he was involved in a car accident when his truck rolled over.  He broke his shin and was in a cast and crutches for a year.  He and Diane met again at a dance in Mesa when Ron's cousin introduced them.  They recognized each other and began dating.  They were married July 7, 1961 in the Mesa, AZ temple and lived in Mesa until 1977.  The family moved to Queen Creek where Ron was working for the Maricopa County and a new landfill had been opened.  He worked for Maricopa County 1961-1979.  He then worked road construction from 1979-1988.  In 1988-1998 he operated equipment for Pimalco, an aluminum extraction plant and then retired.  Ron is survived by his wife, Diane, 2 sisters, Arvela & Thala, and 7 children - Pauline (Scott) Dana; Jeff (Kerri) Wilcock; Dan (Debbi) Wilcock; Mike (Ann) Wilcock; Marianne (Bryan) Fitt; Shar (Nate Zachreson; April (Scott) Mankey, 22 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.  Ron had 3 great loves in his life:  Faith, Family, and the great outdoors.  His grandchildren remember tractor rides with the barrel train, birthday parties, graduations, camping trips and concerts.  Ron lived a life of serving his family and others.  He served 14 years as a temple worker and had many church callings.  He leaves a great legacy!


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