Ron Munro, raised on Bainbridge Island, died this past week at his home in Woodinville. He was the second son of George and Betty Munro of Crystal Springs. Born August 3, 1935 and died on July 10, 2017.
Ron attended Island schools, was active in Boy Scout Troop 496, learned to hunt and fish with his dad and other members of the Sportsman’s Club, picked strawberry’s and dug clams for spending money and spent lots of time on the beach. He graduated with the Bainbridge High School Class of 1953 and helped start the tradition of painting the roads as high school seniors.
Ron received a degree in Art from Olympic College and a Forest Management degree from the University of Washington in 1961. He loved the woods and worked as a tree trimmer, logger and forester to earn money for college.
He met and married his beloved wife of 57 years Miriam in 1959. Together they raised two sons, Jim of Kennewick and Bob of Carnation. Ron’s career in Forest Management and Consulting Forestry spanned over 50 years and reached around the globe. Working with the Washington Farm Forestry Association and the Weyerhaeuser Company, Ron helped many families establish their own tree farms. It is estimated that he planted nearly one million trees in his lifetime.
He was an avid hunter and ‘got his deer’ every year since he was 16 years old and would ‘go fishing’ anytime he got a chance. An avid trap collector, Ron helped produce the Trap Collectors Guide Book and spoke to many groups about the importance of trapping in the American West.
Later in life, Ron spent much time doing his artwork. Many Bainbridge Island homes proudly display his artistic talents. Recently he presented artwork to Bainbridge High School as well as a compilation of his work to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.
Ron is survived by his wife Miriam, two sons-Jim [Olga] and Bob [Linda]. Granddaughters Jillian and Anastasiya, great granddaughters Quinn and Elena and brothers Dave [Sue] of Vancouver and Ralph [Nancy] of Olympia.
A gathering is scheduled for 1pm Saturday, August 12 for friends and family at 4166 Crystal Springs Drive Bainbridge Island, to commemorate Ron’s life and spread his ashes.
A celebration of Ron’s life will be held from 1 pm til 4 pm on Tuesday, September 12, at the Crystal Lake Clubhouse at 23900 Crystal Lake Road, Woodinville, Washington.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ron’s memory to the Munro Family Scholarship Fund, c/o Bainbridge Community Foundation, 221 Winslow Way, #305, Bainbridge Island, Washington, 98110. The Munro Scholarship fund has been assisting graduating seniors at Bainbridge High School since 1963.