July 25, 1980 ~ August 24, 2022

Born in: Hacienda Heights, California
Resided in: Torrance, California

Ron Hopkins Recorded Zoom Service

Ron Hopkins Jr. (42 years old) passed away suddenly on August 24th, 2022 while at home with his wife, Erika Hopkins. He was born July 25, 1980 to parents Yolanda and Ronald Hopkins Senior.

He was an athlete in high school on both the football and wrestling teams. He attended El Camino College for several years before beginning his 16-year career with Torrance Unified School District working with special needs students. He was promoted to work with ASSIST through the district in 2015 and work closely with schools, behavior analysts, teachers, and paraeducators to create goals and lesson plans to help each student excel every year.

Ron also met Erika in 2015 at Kenneth Hahn Recreation Center after meeting online. They spent 6 hours walking around before moving to the Santa Monica Pier where they shared their first kiss. They dated for a year until Ron proposed in 2016 and they married on October 21, 2017 at Palos Verdes Country Club.

Everyone who knew Ron felt his tender, kind, generous and fun-loving nature. He loved working with special needs students. He was patient and skilled at creating methods and systems to aid in their success each school year. He loved fantasy football and would say that his favorite football team was always the team he drafted that year. He loved playing all kinds of games, they brought him so much joy. Whether they were board games or video games, he especially loved playing with his online community via the streaming service Twitch with the CRGameroom as well as DM North and others. He created deep and meaningful friendships throughout his life because he was never interested in shallow relationships. His community supported him and gave him so much joy and camaraderie. He loved playing in tournaments with such games as Dice Masters, Magic, and Star Wars Destiny. He loved the strategy and game-play but he also loved the people he played with, both in-person and online. That was his happy place where he could be accepted and play with his fellow gamers and friends.

He loved his wife with all his being, each and every day from the day they met until the night he went to be with God and join the family and friends who had gone before him. This wasn’t the ending either of them expected, but he kept true to his promise to love and cherish her until the day he died. He was her best friend and life partner. They shared everything together and felt safe to be themselves with one another. He will always have her heart and she is eternally grateful to have known, and to be known, by such a wonderful man. She will always miss him but she is thankful she has a true guardian angel looking out for her from heaven. I love you my babes. Forever.

In lieu of flowers, the family has created a GoFundMe for donations to help with expenses and other costs here:

Services will be held on Saturday, September 24th at 10am
Lighthouse Memorial Rice Center
5310 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503

*There will be a time for those who are interested to speak and share their fond memories and funny stories about Ron and help celebrate his life. You are encouraged to share, should you feel compelled, during this open floor session of the service.


Service: September 24, 2022 10:00 am

Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions - Rice Center
5310 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503


Reception / Repast: September 24, 2022 11:00 am - September 24, 2022 2:00 pm

Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions - Rice Center
5310 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503


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  1. candle 1Yolanda Hopkins, Mother
    My Son, I shall always carry you in my heart. May the Angels be with you. Love Mom

  2. candle 7My sincerest sympathies to all that love Ron especially for my sweet friend Erika❤️ Someday may you feel joy in your memories together.
    All my love, Janet

  3. candle 2I will always remember Ron’s humor, kindness and fun-loving spirit! We had so much fun playing games together over the years! You loved your students, friends and family well, and most of all your Beloved Erika. Thank you for cherishing her! We will miss you, Ron!

  4. candle 7I cannot imagine how you feel right now and I know you must have heard these words a million times already but from the bottom of my heart, I’m sorry Erika. All my love and prayer goes out to you and those who knew Ron dearly. God bless!

  5. candle 4I didn’t get a lot of time with Ron, but I remember when I was preparing to ask Ingrid to marry me, Ron was one of the first people to reach out and offer help with the planning. That was when I knew what an incredible human he was. I loved spending the time that we got together. Our conversations will be treasured and never forgotten. Love you so much my friend.

  6. candle 2My deepest condolences for your loss. Ron was an amazing guy. I am honoured to have had him a part of my life.

  7. We are so sorry for your loss. We wanted to extend our condolences to you and your families. May his memories be a blessing.

  8. candle 7I am so sorry for your loss. Ron was a wonderful person. You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers

  9. candle 7Ron was one of the most intelligent, well-meaning humans I have ever met. I enjoyed working with him at Calle Mayor MS for 2 years. He loved his wife so much and spoke tenderly of her quite often. His spirit will continue to live on and be remembered as the sweet person he was.

  10. candle 4Ron Hopkins was a great supportive co worker ! Always had encouraging words to say to me . Extremely gifted at his job and will be missed . Great contribution to TUSD! Thank you Ron !

  11. candle 1Ron was a great coworker, easy to talk to and always willing to share shortcuts and quick tips. Always checking in to see how our day was going and sharing his anecdotes when we needed a laugh. May you rest in paradise Ron✨
    Sending my condolences to your wife and family ❤️

  12. candle 4Love you bud, I couldn’t think of a better friend to have, even if it was just online interactions only. You still made a bigger impact than most in my life.

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