He was born on June 6, 1946 to Frank M. and Betty Carter Decker. He was the fifth of six children and was a member of the LDS Church. Ron was raised in Parowan, Utah where he graduated from Parowan High School in 1964.
He married Claudia Butcher on Aug. 22, 1965. To their union was born their son, Casey R. Decker (Daniel Ortega) of Parowan and their daughter, Tonyia Decker (Ron Williamson) of Enoch. Ron and Claudia later divorced.
He married the love of his life, Connie Stratis Almond on March 30, 1984 in West Valley City. He loved and raised Connie’s five children as his own: Apryl Zapata (Fred) of Lakewood, Texas; Cidnie Kuehnl of Salt Lake; Jolynn DeBry (David) of West Jordan; Dennis Almond (Kimberlee) of Cedar City; and Leslie Torres (Matt) of Cedar City.
During this time, Ron changed careers from a brick mason to a corrections officer for the state of Utah and worked at the state prison for nine years. In 1995, he and Connie returned to the land of his youth and came home to Parowan where he continued working at the Iron County Correctional Facility for 16 years.
Ron loved to camp, hunt and fish, especially at the Yankee Reservoir up Parowan Canyon. He and Connie also spent many happy times up at The Grove in Francis, Utah with their best friends, Brent and Wendy Bolton.
Ron was happiest when he was serving someone else. He was everyone’s friend and always there when you needed him. He was playful and fun, loved to play cards and he gave the best teddy bear hugs.
Ron is survived by his wife and best friend, Connie; his sisters, LaReta Andersen of Rigby, Idaho, Sandra Slack of West Virginia, Helen Lamoreaux (Clyde) of Salt Lake and Garna Mortensen of Cedar City; and a brother, Garth (Cindy) of Parowan. He also leaves his kids, 16 grandkids and 9 great-grandkids. Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Betty, and grandson Alex Zapata.
There will be a celebration of Ron’s life on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Parowan 3rd Ward Chapel, 90 S. Main St. at 1 p.m. All are welcome.