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Ronald McPherson

October 23, 1939 - February 28, 2022

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Ronald Bryan McPherson, 82, passed away on Monday, February 28, 2022 in Coeur d Alene ID. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday March 18, 2022, from 3-5 at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Sandpoint. Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 19th at Regeneration Calvary Chapel, 130 McGhee Rd, Kootenai, ID with a reception immediately following the service.
Ron, born on Oct 23, 1939, in Portland OR to Gordon & Eleanor McPherson. His father joined the Marine Corp-moving the family to many bases throughout his childhood. The family settled in San Diego where Ron Graduated from Mission Bay H.S. in 1957. College and Military service followed. He earned his AA, from Ranger College in TX. 1959, joined the Air Force and served in North Africa as a radio ground operator. Honorably discharged in 1963 He took a Psych-Tech position in Costa Mesa, Ca. There he met his 1st wife and started a family. Children- Traci, (1963) Allen (1966) and Danna (1970). During these years he was employed by Orange County in Social Services advocating for the elderly and children. He earned his BS degree in from Long Beach State College, and his Master’s degree in Clinical Social work from the University of San Diego in 1970. He was divorced in 1975, and met Gail in 1979. They moved to Running Springs, CA. with children, Summer Bibbee, Rex Briggs, and Cyrus Smith. The blended family of six kids enjoyed skiing, camping, backpacking, bicycling, and outdoor adventures.
A love of technology and a look to the future, in 1978 Ron ventured into the new field of computer science. This launched his next career for the State of CA as a data programmer, analyst, and IT manager. A lifelong learner, he earned numerous certificates from universities, in a variety of fields and pursued a PHD from University of La Verne, CA. In 1990 he began teaching computer data base programing. His part- time teaching at several Universities, eventually led to his tenured position at Riverside Community College in Riverside CA, where he taught information systems until 2017. Teaching was his great love. He had already moved to North Idaho in 2013 from the beach community of Los Osos, CA. A memory of wanting to be a “cowboy” as a child was reluctantly realized when ‘Ron’s Red Heart Ranch’ was established in 2014.
Ron and Gail bicycled from Canada to Mexico for his 50th birthday, and over the years traveled to several countries to “immerse” and learn Spanish. A grandchild ‘teen trip’ abroad became a tradition, and several accompanied Ron and Gail to a country of their choice. Ron also began his ‘Dangerous Boys Camp’ for his young grandsons which their families still talk about.
Ron is survived by his wife Gail of 43 years, children, Traci Scott McPherson, Bryan Allen McPherson, Danna Janelle Parmley, Summer Gail Bibbee, J. Rex Briggs, and Justin Cyrus Smith.
Grandchildren: Kalah, Cassondra, Kristen, Rachel, (Bibbee) Dakota, (Parmley) Jared, Caleb, (Briggs) Cyrus, Zachariah, Suzanne, Lucas, Kurtis, (Smith) and Great Grandchildren: Justin, Zoey, Alexander, (Heitz), and Chloe & Penelope (Barnett).
Sister, Norine Woodcock, San Diego Ca.
Predeceased by Parents, his great grandson Seth Bibbee, and brother Terry McPherson
In Lieu of flowers: International Christian Concern- https://www.persecution.org/give/