Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ronald D. Broward

Broward, Ronald

April 3, 1933 – May 8, 2013

Ronald Douglas Broward left us peacefully to continue his journey on May 8. 2013. Ron was born in Los Angeles, CA on April 3, 1933. He is survived by his wife Jennifer; children Dennis and Karen Broward; stepchildren, Julie and Marty Johnson, Jim and Melissa Webb and Jody Sisemore; grandchildren, Jacob (Jamie) Broward, Eric (Fiona) Broward, Sydney Rose Broward, Courtney and Brittney Johnson, Jordan, Brynn and Charley Webb, and Ryan and McKenna Sisemore; and great-grandchildren, Ben, Bailee, Josie Rose, Will and Luke Broward.

Ron and Jennifer enjoyed wonderful travels, frequent trips to Costco where he loved to grab a hot dog, and searching for golf balls at their home in El Macero. Ron started his career as a U.S. Marine serving in Korea. He was a general contractor in Davis for many years and co-founder of Sudwerk Brewery.

For the past 15 years, his true passion as a Marine was the work he did at JPAC, which was successfully helping identify soldiers still missing in action from the Korean War. It was his honor and privilege to work with an amazing group of people at JPAC. His dedication to this mission will not be forgotten and it will continue, 35 and counting until they are home. Semper Fidelis.

A special heartfelt thank you to Dr. Pirruccello, Dr. Yee, the nurses and staff at Woodland Healthcare Infusion Center, Yolo Hospice and Ted: You all have an incredible gift.

Services are scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA 95620. A celebration of life will follow at Sudwerk, 2001 Second St. in Davis.

Donations may be made to Yolo Hospice. McNary’s Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

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  • samuelaharrison@yahoo.comMay 13, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    Ron and I met in the mid 60's. I was a real estate salesman with Brinley's real estate. He was looking to move to a new market to build new homes and for the next 30+ years we became very good friends. He built houses and I sold them also land to build them on. Gwen and I owned the land where he built sudwerk. All this business was done with a handshake. To me Ron was this kind of honest handshake person and Ron I will miss that handshake. Love you Bro and rest in peace. Sam and Gwen Harrison and Family

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  • Sue HartleyMay 15, 2013 - 1:05 pm

    So many of our friend are leaving us. Miss you and Gwen and all of the Harrisons. Please hang around for years to some.

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  • Gayle HenreidMay 13, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    Jennifer Broward is my best friend and Ron was the sweetest man I have ever known next to my husband Peter so of course Peter and Ron were friends. He always had a twinkle in his eye expecially when he was with Jen and I am honored to have known him. I am glad I could help him in your final months and will miss him. Good Bless you Ron. Love Gayle

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  • Phoebe BigelowMay 14, 2013 - 7:45 am

    I'm so sorry Aunt Jen...I know how you loved Ron. I'm grateful to have met him and was so incredibly proud of his love of country. XOXO Thinking of you and all the family, wishing I was with you.

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  • chris carey-floresMay 15, 2013 - 8:20 am

    Ron built the first house I owned in Davis, on Menlo Drive off of J Street. The homes he was building were a little higher than our budget could handle, so he called us back and produced a smaller version he'd built in southern California. We bought it and he built a few more like it in the subdivision. Every door fit perfectly, every cabinet was hung straight, and the workmanship was excellent - Ron oversaw everything and made sure it was done correctly. He was a real gentleman and became a friend through my years working for the City of Davis. He was the jewel in the crown of Davis' contracting community, and a friend to all who knew him. Davis has lost another wonderful man.

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  • Sue HartleyMay 15, 2013 - 1:01 pm

    Handled lots of escrows for Ron back in the day and what a gentleman he was. Then have enjoyed his participation in Sudwerks. Just an all-round wonderful person. Thanks for contributing so much to the Davis community.

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  • Pat (Lucas) SargentJune 24, 2013 - 1:01 pm

    Ron was one of the kindest people I have ever known. He didn't say much unless it was worthwhile. The world will be a smaller place without his presence!

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