Monday, December 5, 2022

Ronald Valadao: A Soft-Spoken Carpenter Who Loved Laughter, Harleys, and His Happy Place at Home with His Wife and Pups


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Ron Valadao [Picture provided by his wife Judy]

Ronald Valadao passed away at home on February 5, 2022. He was born October 9, 1950 in Fort Bragg to James and Beatrice Valadao (Budi). He was raised in Caspar and attended schools in Mendocino where he graduated with the class of 1968.

Ronald worked at the mill in Fort Bragg until its closing and also beside his father as a carpenter. After retirement, his happy place was home with his wife Judy and their dogs and working in his shop creating beautiful projects from wood that depicted logging in the area.  He was an avid baseball card collector and Giants fan. 

Ronald was a soft-spoken, quiet guy with a wonderful sense of humor. He enjoyed riding his Harley and was very proud when his wife Judy got her license and purchased a Harley to ride along beside him. 

Ronald is survived by his wife Judy (Tubbs) Valadao; his children (from his first marriage) Chris Valadao, daughter-in-law Jennifer, grandsons Kenai, Alex and granddaughter Lanie; daughter Natasha and son-in-law Mike Ciancio, grandchildren Cody and Cherie Ryden. Stepson Donald Peeler, grandchildren Darrold Peeler, and Crystal McMillan. Sisters Patricia Sinkay and Carol Shoberg; brother-in-law Donald Shoberg. He leaves behind seven great-grandchildren. Ronald cherished the time he spent with his brother-in-law Mike Tubbs sister-in-law Joan Tubbs and his nephew Erick Tubbs. 

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents; brother Jerald; stepson Gregory Peeler; brother-in-law Bob Sinkay; father-in-law Lester Tubbs and mother-in-law Helen Tubbs.  

At his request, there will be no services. Donations may be made in his name to the Humane Society Inland Mendocino County in Redwood Valley or to the Mendocino Coast Humane Society in Fort Bragg. 

Ron will be remembered for his compassion for others and will be missed by all who knew him.


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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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