Ronald Williams Riley, 64, of Orange, California, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. The son of S. Lloyd Riley and Claudine Williams, Ron was born and raised in Bountiful, where he forged lifelong friendships and memories. He attended Stoker Elementary school, Bountiful Jr High, and Bountiful High School, graduating in 1966.
He served a mission for the LDS Church in the Central States, where one of his companions encouraged him to write a letter to a California girl named Rhonda Robins. Within three letters, he knew he had found the love of his life. After continued correspondence throughout the rest of his “storybook” mission, and after finally meeting upon his return, they were married in 1970 in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. Ron graduated Cum Laude from the University of Utah in 1973 with a degree in Accounting, after which he worked for Deloitte & Touche. His career evolved into health insurance consulting, where he eventually became an executive for a large national insurance consultancy. Known for his public speaking abilities, his sense of humor, and his attention to detail, he was beloved by clients and coworkers alike. He had an abiding love for the LDS Church.
Over the many years of his life, he served in six bishoprics, multiple quorum presidencies, and taught Sunday School often. His favorite assignment was teaching early morning seminary. He spent significant time preparing his lessons and always found a way to insert his own wit into the material. Ron truly loved his family. He always felt lucky to be married to Rhonda, and expressed his love openly, often saying with a grin, “Isn’t your mother good-looking?” Family vacations were one of his top priorities, and he became a world-class vacation planner to places such as Hawaii, Alaska, Paris, London, New Hampshire, New York, Spain, Eastern Europe, and annual pilgrimages back to Bountiful.
He is survived by his wife Rhonda Lacy Robins and their five children Shannon Bradford, Stephanie Johnson, Julie Windes, Matthew Riley, Daniel Riley; as well as sisters Joan Thomsen and Karen Ford, and brother Robert Riley. A memorial service was planned for Friday, July 26, at the LDS Stake Center in Orange, CA.