Feb 122013

Ronald Dale Grippin, 75, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at his home in Linden after a valiant struggle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. A special memorial service to celebrate Ron’s life will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Blue Ridge Christian Center, 184 W. White Mountain Blvd. in Lakeside. Following the service a meal will be served at the church and everyone is warmly invited to attend.
Ron was born on Sept. 21, 1937, in Phoenix to the late Guy Leroy and Gertrude Joy (Pentland) Grippin.
He graduated from Camp Verde High School and married his high school sweetheart, Mary Beth Parsons. Together, Ron and Mary raised four children and are the doting grandparents of 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. It needs to be said that Ron was an incredible father figure to his sons-in-law, as well as his daughter-in-law. He and Mary were married for 55 incredible years and shared a whole lifetime of memo-ries.
After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree as a soil conservationist, Ron lived and reared his family in several different locations, including California, Winslow, Globe and Whiteriver, before finally settling in Lakeside. He worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Whiteriver for 26 years before re-tiring in 1992.
Upon his retirement, he and Mary moved to Prescott and finally back to Linden, where he had since re-sided.
Ron was a man of immense knowledge and many talents. During his 75 years, Ron earned his pilot’s license, took several trips to Alaska, was an avid hunter, rebuilt a Model-T Ford, raised cattle and grew in-credible gardens. Following his retirement, he turned photography into a profitable venture and built several houses, including his home in Linden and his home in Prescott.
Ron leaves a legacy of being an honest, fair and hardworking man, with a non-judgmental persona and a heart of gold. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need, and those who knew him have counted themselves blessed to have known him. He will be sorely missed.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Grippin; his daughters, Sherri (Chuck) Coplan, Peggy (Andy) DeSoto and Amy (Jeff) Young; his son, Joe (Ginny) Grippin; as well as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ron’s family has asked that instead of sending flowers, you spend time sharing your love with family and friends. As you do you will be forever blessed.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low was in charge of the arrangements.