Ronald Dean Mayo, born Oct. 20, 1935, passed away on Nov. 27, 2018, at St Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham.
Ron Mayo spent his teen years living on Guam and Truk in Micronesia. Beginning in 1950, he attended Punahou School in Honolulu and graduated in 1953. In later years, he regularly went to the Punahou reunions held in Honolulu or in California.
He attended the University of Washington and graduated with a B.S. in civil engineering. There he continued graduate studies in sanitary and hydraulic engineering. He was employed by Carey & Kramer in Seattle and advanced to become a partner in Kramer Chin & Mayo, where he was executive vice-president. During his time at KCM, he was a mentor to and had a substantial influence on a number of young engineers. One of the projects of which he was most proud was his responsibility for the design of the original Seattle Aquarium.
Between 1974 and 1994, he traveled around the world extensively, spending much time in China, Italy, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Guam, Hawaii, Australia, Chile, Borneo, Singapore, Germany and the UK. He was recognized internationally for the planning and design of fish hatcheries and private aquaculture facilities, the development of bioengineering technology, and the planning and evaluation of hatchery systems.
Ron married Mary Schlange in 1964. They had one child, Harold Mayo, who was born in 1966. They lived on Mercer Island for many years. They also had a vacation home on Lopez Island, which the family loved. Mary died in 1992 from cancer. Two years later, Ron retired to their Lopez home. He was active in the community there and would regularly host holiday parties at his home on Mud Bay.
He is survived by his son, Harold M Mayo II.
A remembrance service will be held on April 27, on Lopez Island. Please contact RDM@hmmayo.com for further information.