Ralph Alan Wills

January 27, 1950December 18, 2017

On Monday, December 18, 2017, Ralph Alan Wills, age 67, of Fairfax VA, passed away peacefully at Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, VA of heart failure.

Born January 27,1950, in Arlington, VA, son of John Broddus Wills and Bernice Mildred Wills. He attended Fort Hunt High School, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and obtained a degree in Forestry and Wildlife, 1972.

He began his career at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) working as a surveyor. He then was employed by Fairfax County Public Works as an engineer, and expanded working in parallel with the Land Acquisition Park Authority. He served as the president of the Chantilly Youth Association (CYA) for 20 years. He spent numerous years umpiring for American Softball Association (ASA), coaching soccer, softball, basketball for CYA boys and girls of all ages.

In 2002, he retired from the Fairfax County Park Authority and traveled to numerous national parks, and included trips to the Tetons, Yellowstone, Wyoming, Montana, and Alaska. He also enjoyed fishing, bowling, hunting and his family.

Ralph and Martha Sue Good were married on April 8, 1990, at White Post Methodist Church, White Post, VA. They were happily married with many memories throughout 27 years. He is survived by his mother Bernice Wills, wife Martha Wills; his children from a previous marriage, Heather Byrd (spouse Ryan) and Lindsay Thomasson (spouse Chad); stepchildren Cecil Updike and Alena Swartz (spouse Virgil); and grandchildren, Clemson, Tyrus, and Virginia Byrd, Brianna and Alyssa Thomasson, Alice-Faye Swartz, and Mariko Swartz.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 28th at Demaine Funeral Home, 10565 Main Street, Fairfax, VA. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, memorial service at 11:00 am, with a reception to following at Fairfax Baptist Church, 10830 Main Street, Fairfax, VA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Chantilly Youth Association, P.O. Box 220242, Chantilly, VA 20153 Condolences may be left in the Ralph Wills online guestbook at

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all family and friends; Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington VA; Demaine Funeral Home, Fairfax, VA; and Fairfax Baptist Church, Fairfax, VA.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 28, 2017

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, December 28, 2017


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Bill Bouie

December 28, 2017

Ralph has left an indelible mark on Fairfax County and thousands of children. He was a tireless worker and advocate for them. I am so happy to have worked with him on many projects. You ran the race to the end Ralph. Rest in peace my friend.

Doug Kegerreis

December 28, 2017

What a passion Ralph had for youth and youth sports. While CYA tennis had a smaller participation level as other sports, Ralph always had words of encouragement as the program grew, sharing compliments he heard about the program, and genuinely enjoying the fact that more children were getting an opportunity to enjoy a CYA program. He has set an extremely high bar for advocates of youth sport participation to aspire.
Doug Kegerreis
CYA Tennis Coordinator

Laurel Simcox

December 27, 2017

From building soccer fields with my dad, coaching, refereeing, Ralph gave so much to the community. He was one of the most generous and good-natured people I have ever met. The impact he had on the community will continue for years and years, but he will definitely be missed. My sincerest and most heart-felt condolences.

Amanda Adley

December 24, 2017

So sorry for your loss, Lindsay. My prayers are with your family at this difficult time. Thinking of you all.

Hap Kwiatkowski

December 23, 2017

Martha, Children, and Grandchildren: I first met Ralph in 1998 when our family moved to the Chantilly area. We coached together (CYA), played on the adult soccer team and went to coin auctions. When my family and I moved to the Shenandoah Valley in 2003 I was surprised to met Ralph at a coin auction in Winchester one year later. We talked about life, family, and soccer. He loved his Family and Virginia Tech. Talked about how is daughters were doing and mine. I always looked forward to seeing him at a coin auction so we could catch up on what was going on in our lives. Ever since 2004 I must have seen him over a dozen times. I will miss our talks. Thanks for sharing him with me and allowing him those long drives out to the Valley. I could go on with the stories, Anything you need just ask

Edelina Villavicencio Rose

December 23, 2017

I was so sad to get the email from CYA about Ralph's passing. He was my soccer coach throughout high school and even though the beginning of college. I won't ever forget the enthusiasm and dedication he had to "making it work." CYA, the community and players will be at a loss without him. Our families thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

James Ratliff

December 22, 2017

lt is with deep felt sympathy that I offer my condolences to Martha and family. Ralph was one who always shared his talents and zest for life! He was a great encourager to those around him. In keeping with one of his passions - coaching - Ralph exhibited a "can do" attitude. He will undoubtedly be missed by all who engaged him. May God bless and keep the family.

James Ratliff and Family

Dale Butler

December 21, 2017

I was lucky enough to meet Ralph through my involvement in CYA soccer. What a huge contributor to the community. He will certainly be missed, and as others have said he leaves a big legacy. My thoughts and prayers are with the Wills family this holiday season.

Steve Washburn

December 21, 2017

Ralph was a great volunteer and leader in the CYA organization who worked tirelessly for the youth of Fairfax County. I enjoyed the many years of working with Ralph while working for Fairfax County Recreation Dept. He was definitely one of the good guys and will be missed.

Jerry Shoemaker

December 21, 2017

Ralph and I did many feel repairs and feel Linings together and coached together for several years. He was a true friend and helped me get funding for kids that couldn't afford it He coached my son Bryan and helped my sons Shawn and Scott.