Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Arrow Legend Ron Toomer Passes Away

Yesterday the Amusement Industry lost another legend, at the age of 81 Ron Toomer died peacefully in his sleep after a battling cancer for four months.

Ron was born on May 31st, 1930 in Pasadena California. He was an Army veteran, and worked as a mechanical engineer for several companies that did design, development and manufacturing of components for the NASA Apollo space program.

Of course we all knew Ron Toomer for his contribution to the Amusement Industry and advancements in roller coaster design with Arrow Development. Ron's very first assignment with Arrow was working on Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean.

Ron discussing his coaster designs, including his famous bended wire technique!

His first roller coaster project was the Runaway Mine Train at Six Flags Over Texas. Ron has been credited with 93 steel roller coasters and he was involved with many non-coaster rides over the years. Ron was most proud of his contribution in development of the Corkscrew.

Ron is survived by his wife, Betty of 54 years, four children and their spouses: Gregory and Christie Toomer of Darien, Ga.; Carol and Jeffrey Thornton of Bedford, Texas; Gary and Alana Mitchell of Keller, Texas; Christopher and Kristi Toomer of Parker, Colo. and nine grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Martin United Methodist Church in Bedford, Texas. Flowers or cards may be sent to the church at: 2621 Bedford Road, Bedford, Texas 76021.

Ron Toomer was a true legend and he will be miised. This week's Blast will be a tribute to Ron.