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Trammell, William "Ron"

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August 29, 1946 - August 19, 2014

Trammell, William "Ron"

Ron Trammell, loving husband, devoted father, friend, mentor and meeting planner extraordinaire, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 19, with Marcelle, his wife of 27 years, by his side.

William Ronald Trammell was born Aug. 29, 1946, in Abilene, Texas, to William and Tillie Mae Trammell. He is survived by his wife, Marcelle; his son, Will; his brothers, Jerry and Chuck; his sister-in-law, Lucille; his niece, Kelley; and his nephew, Steve.

He attended Abilene High School where he excelled at baseball playing for the Abilene Eagles, which resulted in an offer to play baseball for a major-league baseball team. While growing up in Abilene, he was a member of the University Baptist Church, and he was a Boy Scout achieving the level of Life Scout.

Ron moved to Dallas in 1964 and worked at several jobs, including short-order cook and ambulance driver, before he joined Mary Kay in 1965. One of the company’s earliest and most tenured employees, he worked closely with Mary Kay Ash, as the company grew from a regional cosmetics company to a global entity. He had the wonderful opportunity to “grow up” with Mary Kay Ash, her sons, the Independent National Sales Directors, executives, employees and vendors. During those early years, he was also a member of the Marine Corps Reserves.

In 1979, due to his vision and unique set of skills, he became the first employee in the Mary Kay Special Events department. He held the position of vice president of special events before retiring in 2011. His creative brilliance and bigger-than-life personality helped to inspire countless lives.  Mary Kay employees still admire Ron’s dedication and loyalty to the company, and today remember his ability to teach, lead and inspire, all while making others laugh with his fun and unpredictable sense of humor.

Ron led the way for Mary Kay to be the industry leader in producing large special events,” says David Holl, president and chief executive officer of the company. “He was an inspiration to all who worked with him and set the highest standards in the motivation of our sales force. Ron was the rare person who stayed his entire career at one company. We are thankful it was at Mary Kay.”

Ron was recognized as an “industry icon,” says Amanda Wells, president of the Meeting Planners International Dallas/Fort Worth chapter. “Ron met with four friends at Holiday Inn Central to plot the beginning of the MPI D/FW chapter in 1977 and served as its first president.” His humble nature would never allow him to fully realize the true impact he had on the hundreds of people he touched.

He was passionate about travel, whether for business or pleasure.  With his wife, Marcelle, and his 26-year-old son, Will, he enjoyed traveling the world as a family. “Ron enjoyed everything that each city or country had to offer, especially the food,” his wife says. “We are sure that he was an Italian in a previous life. He loved to cook and was quite a chef.” Friends and co-workers at Mary Kay knew that, no matter what city they travelled to, Ron would have excellent restaurant recommendations.

His wife also shares, “Ron always said he had the best job anyone could have – traveling the world, dining in the finest restaurants, putting together first-class trips and special events, and working with people he loved and respected.”

Ron will be remembered as an exceptional leader, the dearest of friends, a fun and joyful influence on all who met him, a hard worker and as a person who enjoyed every aspect of life.  One co-worker says, “He was larger than life. He took the commitment to his job and family seriously, but never himself.” Others remember the kind and gentle heart inside his seemingly gruff exterior, knowing that he was a unique man who could make others feel special. He will be truly missed by everyone who has ever met him.

A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor at the Dallas City Performance Hall
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 2 p.m. 

Arrangements are under the direction of

ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

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Dr. Ken Spresser

September 23, 2014 10:17AM

Heaven is forever, our time on earth is finite. Ron is in God's hands now and at peace. My best to you Marcelle and Will; you were able to be with a great man who will be remembered forever.

Kim LaRue

August 29, 2014 3:41PM

Marcelle and Will you are in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for sharing Ron with all of us all these years. He made life full of fun for all those who had the pleasure of meeting him. Love you.

Mack Alexander

August 26, 2014 10:18PM

I went through Abilene High School
with Ron. He always was a great guy to spend time with. I saw Ron off and on from 1964 and stayed in touch until about the yr. 2000. He was such a polite person to talk to just chating about our lives and what we had been doing over the yrs. I am sad to see his passing and I know so many people will reall miss his smile. The world lost a true Texan and a real quality person.

Dona Brown

August 26, 2014 1:56PM

My heart is broken - worked for Ron for 13 years at Mary Kay and in his direct department until 2010. He was a wonderful man, fun to have as a boss, great chef and friend. Marcelle and Will - my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mike Murphy

August 25, 2014 11:30AM

Once an Eagle always an Eagle. Condolences to the family. "Grubby" had a special place on our baseball team at Abilene High. Doug Smith is waiting for you brother Warbird.

Mike Murphy

August 25, 2014 11:06AM

Once an Eagle always an Eagle "Grubby." We will miss you my friend.

Mike Murphy, Class of 64 AHS

Mariangela White

August 25, 2014 10:15AM

R.T. what a wonderful, happy go lucky, fun guy. Will miss you.
I know there is a huge party in heaven and you are arranging it all, with fabulous food and drink.
Marcelle and Will may GOD give you peace, comfort, and strength during this time of horrible sorrow. You and all your family are in my prayers. love Mariangela

Bettye Sisco

August 25, 2014 8:46AM

Ron was the glue to every seminar and event for Mary Kay. I was there many years ago. It was a pleasure to work with such a dedicated man who respected his job.
My sincere condolances to his family and family of friends!
With great respect,