May 1, 1969 - August 7, 2021
Ronald James Drake, 52-year-old resident of Siloam Springs, Arkansas and Port Maria Jamaica, died on August 7, 2021, at Circle of Life in Springdale, Arkansas. Born on May 1, 1969, in San Jose, California, to Ronald Martin and Jan Richardson, Ron grew up in California and graduated from Ceres High School, before moving to Siloam Springs, Arkansas, to further a career in construction and restoration. Ron had two daughters, Lacey and Alexis, who gave him the most honorable title of all, “Dad”. On February 22, 2002, he married the love of his life, Christina. In 2005, Ron and Christina started their own restoration business. Through the years, they brought 17 historic buildings in Siloam Springs back to life. In 2013, Ron began consulting to communities across America using his visionary talent. His consulting motto was, “Inspire-Equip-Restore”. He never looked at something as broken, as he saw the potential for even the most lifeless buildings to be made into something vibrant for the community. Ron was a friend to everyone and left his mark on many Main Street communities and the hearts of their citizens with his enthusiasm and passion for restoration. He was the author of the book, “Flip This Town”, and had a podcast, also called “Flip This Town”, where he and his podcast partner set out to “restore the heart of America, one downtown at a time.” Ron and Christina’s organization, OneLove Outreach, was held close to his heart. Their mission is to “enhance the quality of life in Port Maria, Jamaica, and the Parrish of St. Mary through community restoration and economic development projects while building friendships, and sharing joy, love, and light.” “Abide-Respect-Restore” is their motto. Ron was a long-time member of Community Christian Fellowship in Siloam Springs and had a strong faith and relationship with the Lord. Ron is survived by his wife, Christina, of Port Maria, Jamaica; his two daughters, Lacey Young and husband Cody, of Siloam Springs, Alexis Drake, and fiancé Seth Hufford, also of Siloam Springs; one beloved grandson, Skyler Young; his fathers, Ronald Martin, of Nampa, Idaho, and Dennis Drake, of Modesto, California; three brothers, Jeff Drake, of Hughson, California, Adam Drake, of Ceres, California, and David Martin, of Nampa, Idaho; and one sister, Regina Moore, of Meridian, Idaho. One of Ron’s most cherished titles to his many nieces and nephews was “Uncle Roncho Poncho”. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at 2pm at Community Christian Fellowship, in Siloam Springs with Pastor Pat Callahan officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Gideons to purchase Bibles or to the Drake’s ministry OneLove Outreach via Generations Bank Siloam Springs, AR.
Ronald James Drake, 52-year-old resident of Siloam Springs, Arkansas and Port Maria Jamaica, died on August 7, 2021, at Circle of Life in Springdale, Arkansas. Born on May 1, 1969, in San Jose, California, to Ronald Martin and Jan Richardson,... View Obituary & Service Information
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