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Ronald Burton Elkins Obituary (1956-2021) – Wickenburg, AZ

Ronald Burton Elkins was born in Farmington New Mexico on May 10, 1956. Ron died in Phoenix, Arizona in October 2021.
Ron lived in the Phoenix area for most of his life, graduating from Tempe High School in 1974. He was an eagle scout serving on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Canada, Halifax Region, 1975-1977. He worked for MicroAge for many years and eventually opened an antique shop. He ran this business alone for about twenty years. For over thirty years he was the soul carer of his mother Jaris Taylor Elkins. She had muscular dystrophy and was homebound. Last year he was the caretaker for Russ, the love of his life who passed away last April. The compassion and understanding he showed his mother and Russ was more than most could understand. Anyone who knew him knew that his heart was made of gold. He was always ready to help and take care of most people.
Ron was preceded in death by his mother Jaris Taylor Elkins, father Royce Elkins, and soul mate Russell Coplen by over 23 years. He leaves behind his son Justin Elkins, his daughter-in-law Heidi, their four children Leona Elkins, Jacob Weston, Holly Weston and Hanna Weston. His older brothers Forrest Elkins (Mrs. Pat) from Iowa, Fredric Elkins (Mrs. Laurie) from Utah and younger brother Richard Elkins from Texas, his aunt Dorene Taylor Mills from Idaho and also his esteemed nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues.
Ron had magnetic energy, he was a fun person, and all of his family and friends looked forward to being with him. His outpouring of love and support is evidence of his inherently positive, compassionate, and loving power that influenced every life he encountered. Ron enjoyed shopping for antiques, hanging out with his son Justin and family, biking the canals in Phoenix, and going on motorcycle tours with Russ.
Ron was passionate about helping and caring for people with PFLAG of Phoenix (parents, families, and friends of lesbian and gay men). He spent several years in this organization and continues to this day. Ron also served the Deaf community and attended their meetings, using his sign language to help where he could. Ron and Russ took an ASL (American Sign Language) course to help out in their service to this community. They also volunteered at the Blind Congress that was held every summer.
To deal with the grief for his partner Russ; Ron achieved one of his greatest accomplishments, a Taylor Family Reunion! This reunion idea has been thought of for many years. Suddenly Ron called his aunt Dorene and said, sit down … let’s see you again this summer. Almost 3 months in advance, we had set July 2021 and it started. He called his cousin Raeni Taylor and the committee was formed. The plans were put into practice, and Ron reserved the park at Provo Canyon in Utah. Then we took out our Taylor books “A Royal Family” (written by his mother) and began contacting the family of Elmer F. Taylor, Ron’s great-grandfather. We set up the agenda, entertainment, set up food trucks, and Ron spent his time setting up this huge Taylor family reunion. He didn’t want to leave anyone out! There were over 150 family members there and everyone who came loved being together and remembering family times. We all thank Ron for his time and effort and so many memories.
Since the reunification and those busy times, Ron continued to grieve and lose his enthusiasm for life. He died of a broken heart in October that year. His life wasn’t easy, but he smiled and made the most of what he had. Everyone who knew him loved Ron, he will be missed very much.
At his request, there will be no funeral service.
Instead of flowers, please donate to:
Papa Ron Grandkids Education Fund: GoFundMe at https://gofund.me/7084b5ae
Papa Ron Grandkids Education Fund, organized by Dorene T Mills
Ron loved his grandchildren (from left to right: Leona, Hanna, Holly and Jacob) and would do anything to ensure that Dorene T Mills needs your support for Papa Ron Grandkids Education Fund
Or, send memorials to Ronald Elkins to PFLAG, 2942 N. 24th Street, Suite 114-300, Phoenix, AZ 85016
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Posted by David’s Desert Chapel on November 10, 2021.

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