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In Memory

Ron R Cribbs

Ron R Cribbs

Ronald Ray Cribbs

February 12, 1950 - January 26, 2021

The Bakersfield Californian

16 Feb 2021




Ronald Ray Cribbs went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 26, 2021, at the age of 70. He was born February 12, 1950 in Bakersfield, California to Walter and Freedia Cribbs. He attended South High School, Bakersfield Community College, and Cal State Bakersfield where he earned a degree in Earth Science. Ron met the love of his life and best friend, Kandice (Holland) at Central Church of Christ and they were married September 16, 1972.

Ron spent the majority of his career as a driver for Frito - Lay working long hours to provide for his family. Despite the long hours, Ron’s Frito-Lay truck could often be seen outside his children’s many different sporting and school events. He also owned and operated his own trucking company for ten years prior to his employment with Frito-Lay. 

Ron’s early career was with the Sequoia National Forest, Greenhorn Ranger District, on the Fulton Hotshot crew. He later transferred to Democrat Hot Springs as a patrolman. During these early years he made lasting memories. He later enjoyed telling stories of the adventures with the crew and the many friendships he made.

Ron retired from Frito-Lay in 2016 in order to spend more time doing what he truly enjoyed, golfing. He always looked forward to the weekly tee times with his buddies and the requisite post-golf lunches at J&M’s Cafe. He absolutely loved the game! 

When he wasn’t on the golf course, Ron could be found swimming laps at the community pool, an activity that he had enjoyed since high school. An avid reader, he inspired the love of reading in his children by lending books and sharing about his favorite authors and most interesting titles. 

Ron’s loyalty to his most-loved baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers was fierce, and his exasperation with their sometimes less-than-stellar performance was equally passionate. Ron was overjoyed with the Dodgers recent World Series win. Go Blue!

Ron was an amazingly loving and supportive Papa and all eight grandchildren adored him. Ron showed his love for his grandchildren in so many little ways. From watching cartoons to playing board games and taking everyone to the pool, he was always present. Ron’s most happy moments were watching his grandchildren play together, whether at his home or on the beach. He was always delighted to see their excitement when the families came together. Ron showed his love for his ten nieces and nephews in similar ways. Uncle Ronnie was always happy to see everyone at family gatherings, showing up with a kind word and encouraging, easy smile. His quick wit and relaxed attitude made him a family favorite.

Ron was an incredibly kind, patient and devoted husband. He was a proud father, steadfastly supportive, generously giving wisdom and guidance when requested. He truly showed the love of Christ to everyone he knew. His family and close friends are heartbroken but rejoicing that he is now in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ron is survived by his wife of 48 years, Kandice; his brother Craig (P.J); his two daughters Tracy (Justin), Julie (Joel); his son Kevin (Falon); and his eight grandchildren Kaitlyn, Hannah, Jett, Calvin, Noelle, Levi, Dexter, and Tegan.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a future date.

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01/26/21 08:30 PM #1    

Ronald Rogers

A very personal loss for me. Ron was very quiet and soft spoken, but always a pleasure to be around, I will always be honored to call him my friend. My prayers are with Kandice and the family. Truly one of the best people ever!

01/26/21 08:38 PM #2    

Shirley Zentmire (Salas)

I am so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. I always called him Ronnie and he was in many classes with me. He was an all around nice guy. Prayers for his family. Rest in peace, Ronnie!

01/26/21 08:52 PM #3    

Vickie Burke (Schallock)

Rest In Peace, Ronnie. Sincere condolences and prayers for you amd your family. 

01/26/21 09:28 PM #4    

James Reynolds

Ron was in the group of guys that I hung around with in high school.  He, along with Mike Martin, Eddie Underwood, Paul Graves, Tommy Molinar, Jerry Mason, Dennis Jensen and many others, were in Mr Briscoe's Band together.  We were all brass players.  He played trumpet.  Ron was always quiet and reserved, with a really good sense of humor.  Quick smile and always ready to laugh at something funny!

He was one of the most well-liked and respected kids I knew at South.  One of our few swimmers, also.  

I was surprised to read that Ron had been part of the Fulton Hotshot crew.  I know Mike Martin was part of that outfit, also.  Around that same time I was working on the Los Prietos crew in the Los Padres National Forest.  So we had that experience in common.   

It was a privilege to know Ronnie Cribbs.

01/26/21 11:46 PM #5    

Linda Cox (Smith)

I Just saw that Ronnie was ill and then I saw this post. I am so sorry for his family. He was a very sweet person. I also went to church with him back in the day. At least he's in his heavenly home. Prayers for his family. 



01/27/21 08:16 AM #6    

Jeffrey Leong

6th Grade at FrankWest with (left to right) ?, Jeff Burns, Ken Webb and Ron Cribbs.

01/28/21 05:13 AM #7    

Chuck Ramos

RIP Ron you were a good friend. You will be missed. 

02/07/21 07:03 PM #8    

Karen Couch (Diederich)

Rest in peace. May God be with you and your family. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. He was always so nice with a ready smile.

02/16/21 06:43 PM #9    

Joe Mallard

I had the privilege to know Ronnie at Frank West as I to played trumpet and at South on the swim team. Very respectful person to all. He will be in my memories as a good man. RIP

02/20/21 12:37 PM #10    

Richard Short

Ron was a good friend from grade school through South High. We also attended the same church throughout those years. Ron was soft-spoken but had a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kandice and the family. John 11: 25--Jesus is the resurrection and the life! We'll see you again some glorious day.

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