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RONALD GARDNER Pancreatic cancer stripped us of an incredible man. Ronald E. Gardner passed away April 5, 2017. Ron understood his strength and determination to carry on as to share his life and love to all the people he knew. Sadly for us God's plan for Ron is greater than we can imagine. Ron grew up in southern California, loved to surf, ride horses and motorcycles. He graduated second in his class at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1971. He soon moved back to the beach and practiced dentistry in Costa Mesa, Calif. until 1994. He lived in Laguna Beach and had two daughters. During this time, he pursed his love for off-road racing. He prepped his car and raced many races winning a good number of them. After building a success practice, Ron and Tina decided to build a ranch whereby people who visited would be happy to visit as opposed to the feelings of going to the dentist ("I hate going to the dentist" is what her heard daily). He built an amazing "off the grid" ranch, which he designed and built with the help of many local skilled workers who soon became great friends (family). He took seven years off of dentistry to build his dream ranch. He then realized he wanted to share his love of dentistry with patients and was missing the gratification of his talents so he opened a dental practice in Boulder City in 2003. Ron worked in his practice up until one month before his passing. Until his last week on this Earth, he was working with his partners and staff to make sure his patients will be cared for with his ethics and professionalism. Ron is survived by his wife, Tina; daughters, Mariah and Riva; and his sister, Susan. His daughters learned to love adventure and picked up on Ron's love for exploring off and on road. Ron was a great father who was always planning occasions to get the family together. Ron is also survived by so many friends that are family to him as they shared in so many memories for so many years. Ron shared his life with open arms to all. He was one to keep in contact with his friends and family religiously, in hopes that all would stay connected even when he was gone. He achieved this as well. All his friends are united and continue on his legacy of enjoying life to its fullest. Ron treated his patient's as friends and kept his promise to do the best dentistry possible, while keeping patient comfort at the top of his priority. In doing so he has so many patient friends that were dear to his heart and were his patients to the end. Ron did live life to the fullest, yes, he loved to ride fast and hard but he also made sure he stopped and explored all places and interesting objects along the way. He did not want to let one minute pass by sitting still or taking any short cuts. His love for this world and his love for Jesus kept his spirits high during his illness and allowed him to continue to be with friends and ride his motorcycle up to the very last days. No one really knew that he would leave us so soon. All who knew Ron can appreciate how he loved us all. His hopes during his last days were very simple. He wished for his legacy to continue and for all to love each other and the Earth as Jesus loves us. He told me we will meet again very soon and I love you! "Ron Gardner, I love you, too. You will be missed greatly, and yes we will be together again very soon!" Celebration of life will be 4-6 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Two Wheels in Boulder City.
Published in Boulder City Review on May 18, 2017
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