Ronald A. Marraccini
December 10, 1948 – April 13, 2018
Ron passed away unexpectedly of cardiac arrest. He is predeceased by his parents, Violet and Fred Marraccini and younger brother, David.
Ron was born in Portland and spent his childhood in the tree-lined, family–centered Laurelhurst neighborhood. It was, and still is, a neighborhood full of children and a place where Ron cultivated many life-long friendships. He was a precocious, gregarious youngster who attended All Saints Grade School, Benson High School for a year, and then Washington High School.
Ron shared a love of music with his father and began playing drums in his early teens. While at Washington H. S. he met fellow student and bass guitar player, Darrel Thrasher. Before long a band known as The Epix was born. The band soon grew to six members, practiced in Ron’s basement and was managed by his father.
The Epix played many venues throughout Portland and became the house band for the teen nightclub called The Headless Horseman. In addition, the band was featured at both the Portland and Canada Teenage Fairs. The Epix also recorded some of their own songs, went on a variety of tours, had many fans and grew up together with music in their souls and friendship in their hearts. It was, indeed, a very special time in Ron’s life.
When The Epix disbanded, Ron played with several other popular Portland bands including The Redcoats, Overtime, and The Gregg Smith Band. The times were changing, hair grew longer, and uniforms were replaced by denim; but Ron kept on drumming. He also continued to expand his music career by working for Portland Music and N.W. Sound.
Ron was a man of many talents and abilities. He never left music completely, but eventually decided to pursue a career as a legal investigator. He utilized his PSU education, his interest in forensic science, and his proficiency in designing computer systems to start his own investigations company: RAM Legal Investigations.
Ron’s illustrious career as a legal investigator led to much involvement in the political side of the profession. He was a Board member of the Oregon Association of Licensed Investigators (OALI). In this role he created a membership data base and led the drive to increase licensing of investigators. He served as a N.W. Regional Director as well as V. President and President of the OALI. He was also the Region VII Director of the National Association of Licensed Investigators.
One of Ron’s favorite pastimes was fishing. Going out on his boat with friends and returning home with a great catch was an ideal day for Ron. A love of animals translated to enjoyment of many pets in his life. One could also find him at his computer, whether for work or pleasure.
Ron left us too early. His curious mind, quick wit, great sense of humor, and many talents will be missed. He leaves behind many loving family members and cherished friends.
Ron’s funeral will be held at St. Michael’s the Archangel Church (424 SW Mill St) on May 12 at 1:00. A reception will follow.
Donations may be made to the charity of your choice or to the following organization, which will purchase musical instruments for children as arranged by Janet Jones, Ron’s sister.
School of Rock ;Lakeview Elementary School;2900 5th St.; Saint Cloud, FL 34769
- Christina Marraccini, Sister
- Therese Thanem, Sister
- Funeral Mass Saturday, May 12, 2018
- Committal Service Monday, May 14, 2018
Ronald A. Marraccini
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