Ronald N. Caylor
Ronald N. Caylor of Daytona Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully at the age of 80 at his home on Aug. 5, 2013.
Ron was born May 20, 1933, to Harold and Helen Caylor. He was raised in the Lebanon community and graduated from M-CHS in 1951.
Ron graduated from Colorado A&M University (now Colorado State) in 1955. He played on the university’s basketball team that won the Conference Championship his junior year. On Nov. 8, 1958, he married Irene Reardon. They were married for 41 years before Irene passed away in 2000. Ron honorably served his country as a career Air Force pilot, including a tour of duty in Vietnam; he retired from active duty in 1977. As a second career, Ron taught aviation sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Ron was a driving force to establish the Embry-Riddle basketball program in 1988 and served as the team’s first basketball coach.
Ron is survived by six of his seven children: Michael Caylor, Patrick Caylor, Donna Mallet, Ronald Caylor, Maureen Kealhofer and Daniel Caylor, as well as 20 grandchildren; two brothers, Ivan of Raton, N.M., and Duain of Salt Lake City, Utah; one aunt, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and lots of friends.
Ron is preceded in death by his daughter, Brenda Phillips; his parents and his sister Marion King.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Port Orange, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 9. Interment was at the Florida National Cemetery-Bushnell with full military honors. Donations may be made to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Wood Braier Trail, Port Orange, FL 32124 in memory of Ron Caylor.