1945 - 2012
Published May 8, 2012 @ 7:37 a.m.
Ron Sartor, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away Monday May 7, 2012 in Midland, TX after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born June 12, 1945 to Stin Elbert and Ruby Lucille Sartor in Lubbock, Texas. He was married to and is survived by his wife, Doyla of 37 years and his five daughters: Kristi Wink and spouse, Kerry, of Post, TX; Becky Lang and spouse, Brandon, of Midland, TX, Amber Fisher and spouse, Chris, of Midland, TX, Rhonda Freijo and spouse, Greg of Pollok, TX; and Laura Flowers of Lufkin, TX. Grandchildren: Kolton and Kasen Wink, Cameron and Ashlyn Lang, Brock Fisher, Sarah Nolasco, Paul Baker Flowers, Stephen Christopher Flowers, Joel Freijo, and Erica Freijo. He is also survived by his brother, Wayne Sartor and spouse, Charlotte, of Conroe, TX and sister Ruth Ann Weber and spouse, Bob, of Clovis NM as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
After graduating from Lubbock High School in 1963, Ron began a law enforcement career which spanned 36 years. It began with his employment with the Lubbock Police Department and the Lubbock Sheriff’s Office followed by a brief stent with the US Border Patrol. He was employed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission stationed in San Angelo, TX and Plainview, TX. From Plainview, a family seismographic business took him to the oil fields in Dickenson, North Dakota. After settling in Midland, Ron began working for the Texas Railroad Commission, but his love of law enforcement drew him to the Midland Police Department in 1983. He started his employment with MPD working in patrol then later transferred to the Community Relations Department. During this time he worked with the schools putting on many robot programs and bicycle safety programs. He coordinated the Citizens Police Academy for several years and became friends with many citizens of Midland. His final years with MPD were stationed at Midland International Airport where his gift of gab caused him to enjoy his years there greatly until his retirement in 2009. Along with his full time law enforcement career, Ron was involved with the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department during its early inception years serving as Captain. Many still called him ‘Cap’ for years after his departure.
Ron was a talented artist and loved oil painting winning many local awards. His greatest love was fishing and his artistic talents lead him to a hobby of building custom fishing rods. Ron never met a stranger.
The family would like to express their sincere and deep appreciation for the care given to Ron by Dr. David Watkins and staff of Texas Oncology, Doctors and staff of Midland Surgical Associates, Dr. M Patel, staff of In Home Care, the staff of oncology floor and Hospice floor at MMH, and most importantly, the staff of Hospice of Midland.
Visitation will be held at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home in Midland Tuesday, May 8, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Service will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at at Fairmont Park Church of Christ in Midland. Burial will follow at Serenity Memorial Gardens Cemetery on Rankin Hwy.