Ron Alan DeLoach
Ron Alan DeLoach, of Melbourne, Florida was a true Florida native, born Dec. 18, 1957 to Richard and Dorothy DeLoach in the Old Brevard Hospital. He graduated from Eau Gallie High School, and joined the Marine Corps in 1975. At 17 years old, Ron was Melbourne’s 1st Marine recruit from the new recruiting office and was a USMC Honor Graduate.
Ron played football from childhood in the Midget League and All-Stars, all through High School and in the Marine Corps. His dream was to walk on and play for the Miami Dolphins, had he not suffered knee injuries. He also excelled at boxing and wrestling.
From a very young age, Ron was Center Stage. From Elementary school, where he performed songs by The Beatles through High School where he formed “Ronco’s Italian Army” and put on WWF-style performances at pep-rallies. It was these early days where Ron made many lifelong friendships.
It was in Japan when Ron saw his first open-air rock concert (from backstage) featuring Olivia Newton John and opening act Lynyrd Skynyrd, with Ronnie Van Zant. He was hooked instantly and knew he wanted to organize and promote Rock and Roll shows. He formed Southern Jam Promoters (SJP), where he promoted and/or produced local bands such as Robin Chase, Bad Boys, Dave Fiester, Jason Trigger, Close Call, and Billy Lee. SJP featured many famous names in Rock History: Molly Hatchet, Foghat, Johnny VanZant, Hank Williams Jr., Cheap Trick, James Brown, The Hooters, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Dave Mason, Firefall, Rick Derringer, Poco, Eddie Money, Johnny Rivers and Edgar Winter. SJP also hosted all-inclusive bus excursions to Miami Dolphin football games.
In 2013, Ron retired from the United States Postal Service after working 33 years as a Postal clerk/Customer Service rep.
Ron lost his battle to Parkinson’s Disease on April 28, 2021 at the age of 63. Survivors include his wife of 21 years: Kristina (Sarka) DeLoach, Sons : Anthony Alan DeLoach and Ronald Hunter (wife Victoria) DeLoach, Step-Sons: Paul (wife Jenilynn) Sarka and Sonny Church, Grandson: Felix DeLoach and step-grandchildren: Kellon, Kiernan, and Kalder Sarka. Siblings: Linda (Keith) Christiansen, Don DeLoach and Douglas DeLoach. Nephews: Greg Price, Joshua Christiansen, Justin DeLoach, Sean DeLoach and Niece: Casey Rosquete. He was predeceased by his parents Richard and Dorothy DeLoach, sister Debbie Price and nephew Michael Price.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, May 14th at Wickham Park Pavilion, 2500 Parkway Dr., Melbourne, FL at 10am-12noon. Burial with Military Honors and gun salute at 2:00 pm at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery.