Tue, July 23

Obituary: Ron Ross 1933 - 2013

Ron Ross

Ron Ross

Ron Ross, real estate developer with residences in Camp Verde, Arizona, and Poulsbo, Washington, died May 26, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nadean; children: Ellen Ross-Cardoso (Joe) of Washington, Linda Wolfe Buchanan (Alan) of Camp Verde, Arizona, and Robert R. Ross of Washington.

There are five grandchildren, Zachary Wolfe (Robin) of Arizona; Crystal and Ryan Ross, and Claire and Augustus Cardoso and one great-grandchild, Addison Nadean, all of Washington.

Ron had a lifelong passion for sea and forest, making waves in one and trails in the other.

He was an intrepid entrepreneur, from invention, production and sales of the Arcair torch, to investment in small agriculture and big timber.

Ron trekked miles on horseback into Olympic National Park.

He was an expert sailor, a trickster on skiis (snow and water), a decent tennis player, darn lucky at cards, and sat still long enough to read two books in his life.

Ron loved collecting Southwest and Northwest Native American art, and often wore his art in the form of belts, buckles and/or bolas along with his trademark cowboy boots.

He logged thousands of hours fishing every good hole from Puget Sound to Prince of Wales Island, making an annual trek aboard the Salmon Spirit from Brownsville, Washington to Craig, Alaska and back, accompanied by family and friends where he was known simply as ‘Skipper.’

Many Arizona friends were treated to a week aboard his 52’ fishing vessel, including the Elwoods, Reddells, Finches, Slonakers, Dickinsons and Chief Debbie Steen, U.S. Fish & Wildlife/Alaska National Wildlife Refuges.

Ron was deeply commited to salmon habitat restoration, and volunteered tirelessly.

Ron was always willing to lend a hand, and sometimes a buck. He gave unsolicited advice in spades, and didn’t suffer criticism lightly.

His friendships were for life, including pals, Wasabi, Pinocchio, Bothiefus (a sea lion), and his Shadow, who only visited him in Arizona.

Ron was a tireless advocate for property rights, especially at the local level. He was interested in Arizona water law, and was a member in good standing of the Sierra Verde Homeowners Assoc. and the OK and Pioneer Ditches on the Verde River and West Clear Creek.

Ron made it his mission to be aware of and thoroughly familiar with proposed regulations, and never failed to present his opinion when given the opportunity.

Ron had meaningful relationships across the generations and miles. He influenced many children from Gen X, Gen Y, and the Millennials.

One young friend perfectly expressed the family’s sentiment when she learned of Ron’s passing by saying, “It’s important to do good things when no one is looking, just like Ron.” We hope you will Pay It Forward, too, and stand up for what’s right, if you see a wrong.

On the night of Ron’s final voyage, the moon was full; the morning brought a geoduck tide, there were oysters on the half shell, and steamer clams by the bucketful at his Seabeck hide-away. The family is hoping (for Saint Peter’s sake) that waterfront in Heaven isn’t bound by a Shorelines Management Act.

Three generations of Ron’s family have taken courses at Yavapai College – Verde Valley Campus. The family suggests remembrances be directed to the Yavapai College Foundation, to the Ross Arcair Scholarship, or program of choice.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Washington State, Sunday, July 21, 1 p.m. at the Suquamish Tribal Community House (House of Awakened Culture). Check online at for additional information. Sail on, Ron, safely past Deception Pass. We’ll bring the skiffs in.

Information provided by survivors.