On Wednesday, August 17, 2022, Ron Lee Carterby passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and five children. He was 67 years old. Born to Ruth and Arnold “Art” Carterby on October 27, 1954 in Arcata, Ron graduated from McKinleyville High School in 1972. Over the years, Ron made Humboldt Country his playground. He explored areas that most of us have never seen all while viewing it from the back of his dirt bike. Ron rode motocross for many years.

Through this sport he met many friends and gained a lifetime of memories that he loved to tell anybody who would listen. He had a love for football, music, bowling, golf and sports of all kinds. He was always giving family and friends updates on where motocross riders were placing during competitions and what was happening during the Little League World Series. He would tell you these stats whether you cared to hear them or not.

His greatest love of all was his family and spending time with them. He was a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Indian Tribe and was very proud of his heritage. He was always excited to learn about the history surrounding his tribe. He was thrilled to discover that one of our own family members (Ben Carterby) was a Code Talker during WWI.

Ron was preceded in death by his father Arnold “Art“ Carterby and other extended family members. He is survived by his mother Ruth Carterby, sister Lorrie (Garth) VanVoltenberg, wife Kathy Carterby along with his five children: Jesse Carterby, Ashley (Guy) Walkner, Anika Carterby, Jaidyn Carterby and Brydan Carterby. Ron had two granddaughters, Tatum and Baylee Walkner, who will forever miss their Pop Pop.

The family would like to thank Eureka EMT, St. Joseph Hospital staff and especially the ICU nurses who supported the family during this difficult time.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.


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