1940 – 2021
On Sunday, September 19, the world got a little less bright. Our father, in love with all that is green, left this world to return to his heavenly home. Ronald Francis Titcomb was born July 28, 1940 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the eldest of three children of Francis S. and Veona R. (Sorensen) Titcomb.
Dad grew up in Magna, Utah. We like to think that it has thrived, despite the taste of water. He met and married Tonga Seely in 1963 in the Manti temple. Dad was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many calls, but one of his favorites was that of librarian. It was an unexpected call to those who knew Dad, but he kept him busy for over 17 years and faithfully served in Bennion’s 2nd Ward, catering to the library needs, learning the art of socializing and copying. !
Dad wanted to get a college degree and had aspirations for great things. But, his father died early in his life and had reserved a place for him at the Kennecott mine where he had also worked. With a sense of duty to family and a helping hand, Dad took on the role of provider! His professional life was spent at the Kennecott mine for 43 years. As kids we remember looking at the tallest mountain on the western horizon of Utah and seeing the Kennecott building and mom saying “There’s daddy up there on that mountain” . We were proud of our father for his dedication to waking up every day, rain or shine, to climb this mountain to fill many positions for Kennecott, including that of Supervisor. Despite all the hardships, dad finally made his dream of going to college come true. He attended the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College.
When dad wasn’t working, he relaxed. If there was a recliner, you would find it in there. Even though he liked being outside, he liked his recliner more. He found his peace watching a good cartoon or a nature show while resting his body in a softly padded chair that allowed him to relax like nature never intended. And when he wasn’t lying down, he was reading. A Louis L’Amour paperback was practically welded to his hand. Science fiction and cowboys possessed daddy’s imagination. Pocket novels could be found in every opening of car door pocket, trouser pocket, and motorhome nook. A pair of sunglasses, a container of mints and caramel candies and a few pounds and he was ready for life!
Every Fourth of July, Dad was dedicated to the fireworks. Even though he worked late, we, the children, were allowed to stay up until the early hours of the morning and wait for him to come home. Pulled out the blowtorch and a supply of fireworks large enough to occupy a small circus. We felt like we owned the world every Independence Day and it was one of daddy’s favorite things in life!
Dad was on the cutting edge of technology and worked hard! When we were kids he bought a big square computer. While other children were writing report cards by hand, we would type ours up on a computer and print them out on a dot-matrix printer. I think we learned expert computer skills early on by having one at home before the other kids knew what a computer was. Dad taught us how to work on cars from the inside out. If he couldn’t fix it, it didn’t need to be fixed. And he took the same approach for home repair. Her fixes might not have been the prettiest, but they worked, sometimes much to Mom’s dismay. He tiled, gardened, built, welded, painted, and succeeded because he didn’t see failure as an option. And through that work ethic, he’s taught a generation of children and grandchildren how to step out into the world and attack it like the world depends on you to make it work, failure never being. an option. We can all look at Ronald Titcomb and say the work ethic slipped out of him and you stood up, went on and held on!
“Don’t let the insignificance bother you. There is little time in this world, so dedicate it to work and the people most important to you, the ones you love and the things that matter. can waste half a life with people you don’t really like, or do things when you’d be better off somewhere else. ” –Louis L’Amour
Dad is predeceased by his parents, Francis S. and Veona R. (Sorensen) Titcomb, and by his sister Billie B. Hansen.
Dad is survived by our mom, Tonga (Seely) Titcomb, Children: R. Mark Titcomb (Mindi), Monte Q. Titcomb (Cindy), Jeff L. Titcomb (Alfred W. Huddleston III), Eva M. Freeman (Rob ), Connie A. O’Barr (Dan), 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren (including 1 on the way), Brother Tommie S. Titcomb (Anita). Family is the most important!
Funeral services will take place on September 23, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. with a prior visitation at 12:30 p.m. The visitation and funeral address is 6100 South Kamas Drive, Taylorsville Utah.
The family would like to thank Elevation Hospice of Utah for their kindness and dedication during the last months of Ronald’s life. –
Posted by Deseret News from September 21 to 22, 2021.