Ronald Steven Colombani passed away on July 12 with his beloved wife, daughters and granddaughter by his side.
Ron was a proud man who served his country in the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968. He served as a Marine in the 1st Recon Battalion, earning the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals, among many others. He was nominated for the Silver Star for his bravery saving his platoon during a heavy firefight. His time in the military defined his life and was a source of many colorful stories that he regaled to his devoted friends and family.
After Ron’s tour of Vietnam ended, he returned to his family home in West Sacramento and became a deputy sheriff for the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department. During this time, he met Janet Friary, who would become his wife of almost 50 years. Ron left Yolo County in 1970 to become a State of California Fish and Game warden until he retired in 2000.
Together, he and Jan had four daughters, whom they raised in Tuolumne County. He raised his daughters to be independent and athletic. Ron traveled all over the state watching his four girls play basketball, volleyball and softball. He never missed a game. He continued this tradition with his eldest grandchild until he could no longer travel.
Ron is survived by his wife, Jan; his children, Teresa Colombani, Tara Perkins (Mike), Angela Exmeyer (Jason), and Katie Cruz (Jon). He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Janet Colombani, Colin and Avery Perkins, Hayden and Nora Exmeyer, and Ava and Ana Cruz, along with numerous aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Ann Colombani; and his brothers, Victor and Richard.
A Mass will be held at 1 p.m. July 21st at St. Patrick’s Church, 116 Bradford St. in Sonora. A reception will follow at 19090 Canaan Court in Sonora.
Ron was a member of many Tuolumne County local veterans organizations. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the United Service Organization Inc. (USO) and/or the Disabled American Veterans Charity (DVA), two foundations close to Ron’s heart.