Ronald Ezra Spence

July 5, 1952-July 26, 2022

Riverton, Utah-Born in Salt Lake City Ron grew up in the Canyon Rim Area and graduated from Skyline High School in 1971.  His family moved to Bennion/Taylorsville Utah in 1973.  Ron attended Trade Tech/SLCC 1971-1973 and graduated in accounting.  He continued his education at BYU from 1974-1975.

Ron lived most of his life in Taylorsville and in 2020 he moved to Riverton and lived in his brother John’s basement apartment.

Ron love for cars is a great understatement.  He owned some classics. His GTO, Nova SS, and 64 Camero ruled!  He loved his Green Dodge Power Wagon truck, 79 Firebird and 2002 collector Firebird.  He always talked about his vehicles and everyone else’s.  He spent many days at car shows and knew everybody in the show car world.

Ron loved to hunt, fish and be in the outdoors when he was younger. Born with a heart defect, Ron was the third surviving infant open heart patient in Utah.  His parents sat by his side 24 hours a day rescuing him when he had issues in the old ICU.  When he was eight years old Ron had his second open heart surgery.  In the early 90s Ron was in a major car accident and was hospitalized for several months.  In 2003 he fainted, quit breathing and was rushed to the hospital again.  After several months and receiving a pace maker Ron returned home.  We joked that Ron had more than nine lives because he survived so many life-threatening issues.

Over the last year he continued to have health issues and finally on July 21 a major Stroke sent him to the hospital.  July 26 the doctors met with family and it was determined that Ron’s time on earth was over.  He fought a great battle, but the time had come for him to move on with his parents.

Ron took great care of our parents during their last few years and was a friend to everyone around.  He will be sorely missed.

Ron is survived by his two sisters Dianna (Craig) Howcroft, (Cottonwood Heights UT), Bonnie (Scott) Johns (Sylvan Springs, AL), brother John Spence (Riverton, UT), eleven nieces and nephews, numerous grandnieces and nephews and many cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents Ezra Spence and Norma Thomson Spence, Grandparents, and niece Megan Howcroft.

All services will be held Saturday August 6, 2022 at Mountain View Memorial Mortuary & Cemeteries 3115 East 7800 South Cottonwood Heights, Utah.  Viewing 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.  Funeral 11:00 a.m. Interment immediately following.  Great thanks to Dianna and John for the many years of care for our brother Ron.


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Memorial Mountain View Mortuary & Cemetery
3115 East 7800 South
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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John and family,

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Ron. I do have many memories from our time working together. I do remember how bright he was. I hope you are all comforted knowing he is no longer bound by his physical afflictions.

Shaun Murdock

Shaun Murdock , Salt Lake City, UT, US Aug 04, 2022