Ronald G. Bateman, 82, passed away Oct. 27, 2019. He was born Oct. 29, 1936, in Tucson, Arizona, to parents, Ronald and Florence (Naegle) Bateman St. David, Arizona. Ron was the second child of four. His siblings are Lucille and twin brothers, Connie (Conrad) and Calvin. Ron worked for the Forest Service after high school. He served an LDS mission in Mexico, and then attended college at the University of Arizona.
Ron married Shella Anderson Pomerene, Arizona, Sept. 11, 1959, in the Mesa Temple. They had seven children and raised six. Ron spent several years in the rodeo - bull riding, bronc riding, and bulldogging. He won All-Around-Cowboy in 1956. Ranching and farming became Ron’s way of life, and he especially loved riding and breaking horses. He spent all those years teaching his children how to be honest and taught them how to work hard. As a family, they spent time together camping, riding, hunting and many other outdoor activities.
He is survived by children, Paula (Jim-deceased) Lopez, Brenda (Tim) Kuchar, Ronda (Lonnie) Lopez, Cinda (Chris) Farrer, Ronny Bateman and Justin (Tricia) Bateman; siblings, Lucille Duke, Connie (Gail) Bateman and Calvin (Julia) Bateman; and 25 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by Shella Bateman (wife) and Timothy Bateman (infant son).
Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, Taylor Stake Center on West Willow Lane in Taylor, Arizona. The viewing will be prior to the service Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. The service begins at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Shumway Cemetery in Shumway, Arizona.
Arrangements were entrusted to Silver Creek Mortuary. If you would like to send your condolences to the Bateman family, visit silvercreekmortuary.net.