Ronald Floyd Brookshier, age 74, passed into eternal rest on December 1, 2022, at University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City.
He was born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, on July 30, 1948, to William and Bobby Brookshier. With a big smile and a contagious laugh, you knew Ron loved his family and friends. He was well known for his quick wit, ornery humor, and charm. He was a charismatic gentleman, a handsome devil no doubt and he would be sure to tell you as much, for confidence was not one of his weak points.
Ron graduated from Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California, in 1966. There, he was a wrestler and held the title for the “Quickest Pin” for over 20 years. The move that stunned his opponents was “The Pancake.” In his youth, he was the proverbial king of the road, racing Southern California streets in his 1958 Pontiac Chieftan. A lover of classic cars, he could tune any old car and make it run like a top.
Ron was a self-employed businessman and an ambitious entrepreneur. A true craftsman, his trade as a welder took him around the country, from off the coast of Louisiana on oil & gas platforms, to US Borax and Cement plants in California, to the Oklahoma oil patch.
Fond of the outdoors, Ron always found time to fish and hunt and he went to extensive lengths to take his children. For summertime fun, he converted an old school bus into a fishing and camping wagon. His kids could sit in the bus’s open door and fish out of the back.
Ron loved playing the guitar. His guitar-picking skills improved over the years. He could be found in town playing with his friends Waylan and Deloy at The Outlaw and Frankie D’s. During this period he joined his niece Erin Hamilton and played backup guitar when she went to audition in Nashville.
Ron is preceded in death by his parents, William and Bobby Brookshier. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sharon. He was close to his brother, Loyd Brookshier, and sisters, Lois Jean (Tootsie) Hamilton and Joyce Eileen Brookshier. He was blessed with four beautiful daughters, Denise Atkinson, Sherry Manke (Matthew), Jill Smith (Darron), and Leslie Maddox; two step-children, Rhonda Brennan-Hill and Mark Austin; and the blessing of 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday, December 12 at 11 a.m. at the Moab LDS Stake Center (701 Locust Lane) with a viewing one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
You may send condolences to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.