May 15, 1930 ~ August 21, 2008
Born in San Francisco and raised in San Anselmo, Marin County, Ron O'Mara lived a full life for 78 years. He died on August 21st after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. True to his nature, Ron played a round of golf with his family only 2 weeks before he passed.
As a youth, Ron was awarded the honor of being California's 4-H Club Member of the Year and continued his membership through high school. He also won numerous tennis competitions in his teen years. He began collegiate studies at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Animal Husbandry before enlisting in the military. Ron was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Air Force for 4 years, reaching the level of Staff Sergeant, and then as a Reservist for an additional 4 years. Upon returning to the States, he completed his BA at San Francisco State University where he placed second in the Pacific Coast Wrestling Conference. He later received his MBA from the University of Santa Clara. He was a valued employee at Zelman Development for over 20 years.
Ron was always active, whether on the golf course, biking a Century ride in the
California mountains, or dancing. Dancing always made his eyes sparkle. A resident of West Torrance for the last 38 years, he was actively involved in youth sports, coaching baseball and soccer for several years, and remained in touch with many of his teams' families. In his later years, he was a Eucharistic minister. He will be remembered best for his sense of humor, his sense of community, and his enthusiasm for life. His family and friends miss him greatly.
Ron is survived by his daughter, Jennifer O'Mara; his son, John G. O'Mara, and
daughter-in-law, Gina O'Mara, and their son, Peter; and Ron's son-in-law, John Ananny. Ron also leaves behind his loving partner of the last five years, Sandy Dixon; his ex-wife and mother of his children, Sally O'Mara; and his niece and nephew, Susan and Bruce Steakley, whom he loved dearly. His brother, Glenn O'Mara, passed away some years ago. Ron's second wife of 17 years, Jacqueline O'Mara, died in 2002. John J. O'Mara and his parents Tom and Edith O'Mara became his second family.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, August 30th, at St. Lawrence Church at 1900 South Prospect Avenue, Redondo Beach, with viewing on Friday night from 5:00-9:00 at McCormick's Mortuary 1998 S. PCH, Redondo Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your local boys' and girls' club.
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