Rickey Martinez Bonner
June 15, 1953 – January 31, 2021
Rickey Martinez Bonner was known as Rick, Mr. Bonner, Coach, and many other titles to many people. He was best known to us girls as Dad. Rick was called home unexpectedly on January 31, 2021 at the young age of 67. Although his time here on earth was cut short, he lived a remarkable life. One filled with too many memories to list in just a few paragraphs.
He was born in Wichita, Kansas to Christine Toni Hope (Ransom) and Everett Bonner, (both whom precede Him in death) and was proudly raised by his dad Alphonso Ransom. He was the third of four children. He was a great brother and is survived by his sister Carolyn, and brothers Michael and Jan. Rick is also survived by a large extended family including many friends who have become his family.
Rick enlisted in the Air Force and this became his lifelong career. He served in the active duty, as an AF reservist (Retired) and as a Federal civilian. Great memories, experiences and travel happened for him. He was able to experience multiple locations as he served 30+ years with his military family. He was just shy of his civilian retirement this April. He met his wife Sandra in 1978, while working at Kmart. They married in November of 1988. Together they share three daughters Michelle, Desiree, and Angelina. He was grateful to be a part of each of their journey’s. He was proud to see his oldest get her Doctorate, his middle gets her Bachelor’s and was so excited his youngest would be graduating high school this May and start her next adventure. He was excited to meet his grandchildren (Heléna and Harrison) within the last two years as well. Being their “gampa” was a new adventure he was planning to enjoy in his retirement.
He had a love for children, sports and cars! Not always in that order. He coached all three of his girls and continued long after they moved on for over 20 years. Softball, volleyball and basketball were his sports. He loved to brag about his wins and years of being undefeated. Girls played year after year with him and endured his tearful end of the season banquet speeches that had no end! We loved making fun of him for those! Many of those students went on to play sports in high school and college and he would try to go watch them play if he could. They were touched by his encouraging nature and the confidence he tried to instill in his athletes.
He worked hard at everything he did, his hands could make almost anything work and if he wasn’t on a court or field he was under the hood of a car. He loved to tinker with cars, watch his drag racing and look at classic cars in a show.
He had a knack for befriending anyone. He was kind, funny and very honorable. He saw your potential before you could. He truly cared about others and was proud to possess that quality. To know him, his crazy personality and remarkable smile was something that would forever be engrained in your heart. Rick still had so much life to live but his spirit will live on in all those he touched. He will forever be missed and always be loved.
Graveside Services with Military honors will be held February 25, at 12pm at Mount Vernon Memorial Park and Cemetery. We ask that those interested in attending to wear a mask and stay respectfully six feet apart.
A celebration of life, as he wanted, will be held in June in his memory and honor.
Due to the current COVID protocols for Sac/ Placer/ El Dorado county, guests must wear protective masks at all times while inside the funeral home facility and practice the recommended six foot social distancing.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Rickey Martinez Bonner
February 27, 2021
Ricky will be missed by many but, I will miss being called a Molike. He would call me and I was always greeted by " what s up Molike/" and the trash talk would start. Ricky played many roles in my life, Big brother, cousin, and most of all my friend.
I have many Ricky Bonner memories . The scar I care on my leg from riding his motorcycle. Where I got off the wrong side. We were both scared to tell my Aunt Christina. Planning our family reunions for many years together. Debating the weather. Anything that comes to our mind.
Ricky will always be in our heart and memories. I see his goofy smile and hear his laugh. . My families hearts are heavy with the loss of him.
We send our condolences to Sandy and the girls. He lived his life for you all. He was always about family.
February 25, 2021
I will remember my brother Rick as a unique individual. He was truly born blessed to be able take things in stride. Growing up as kids we often played with kids, shall we say that could be difficult to deal with? A particular event happened during this time. Rick being himself: personable, fun to be around, a leader, and jokester and liked by the majority of the children that we played with. However, in life some become jealous of others that become popular. Rick could not understand why they did not like him because he always tried his best to include them in as many activities that he could. These disgruntled children decided to distance themselves from him. Rick continually tried his best to reconnect with them but eventually realized they were not willing to do the same. Rick's number of friends continued to grow and eventually some of the disgruntled friends return to the playgroup. Rick amazingly welcomed them back without asking for an apology from them. Thank you my brother for demonstrating forgiveness toward those that have wronged you and practicing it for the remainder of your life. I will truly miss your kind and gentle spirit you possessed.
February 20, 2021
To the family may God give you strength during this time.
Rickey will be greatly missed by many. I remember him as being one of the most likeable members of our family. I knew that if he and Sandy were going to be at the gathering than I was going to have a good ole time laughing and joking. Ima miss you cousin . Rest In Peace.