Obituary: Ronald Daigh

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Ronald Owen Daigh, 59, of Idyllwild, passed away peacefully at home Sunday night, Dec. 14, 2008, with his wife Sandii and her long-time friend Deborah Warren at his side.

Ron was born Sept. 26, 1949, in Torrance, and was raised in Redondo Beach.

During his childhood in the 1950s and 1960s, Ron enjoyed boat trips to Catalina with his parents and brother. During his teens he developed an interest in short-wave radio, music and electronics. Neighbors began bringing over their non-working TV sets to the Daigh household so Ron could take them apart and repair them. His interest in electronics and technology led him down that career path as an adult.

After graduating from Redondo Beach High in 1967 and Long Beach State in 1971 with an electronics engineering degree, Ron lived in Seal Beach for a year where he enjoyed his musical hobby of playing bluegrass guitar. He then went to work for several companies in Southern California as a manufacturing engineer and manager. He worked at Xerox, Printronix, Emulex, ICL and QSC Audio, all in Orange County.

In the early 1980s, Ron moved to Lake Elsinore with his first wife and stepdaughter. After divorcing in 1986, Ron met his second wife of 19 years, Sandii Castleberry, while buying an airline ticket at the Orange County Airport. Sandii was the airline agent who waited on him. After realizing they both had a deep interest in music, the two began dating and were married in November 1989.

Ron and Sandii made their home in Irvine and Tustin until they moved to Idyllwild in 2004. Together, they performed music throughout the Southland, Sandii on the guitar and Ron on the banjo. While living in Orange County, their band, “The Acoustic Renovators,” played popular songs in a bluegrass style for many years, and hosted a cable TV show of the same name. After performing at several birthday parties for their nieces, “Uncle Ron and Aunt Sandii” began performing professionally for children at libraries, community events and parties.

Camping also was a favorite pastime for the Daighs. The two enjoyed camping in their trailer at bluegrass festivals, Southern California beaches, and in Idyllwild. The camping trips to Idyllwild connected Ron and Sandii to the community more intimately, and soon they became part-timers with a rented cabin while maintaining their home in Orange County.

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