Dr. Ronald Blevins died peacefully at home in Santa Rosa, California on August 30, 2018, due to complications of meningeal malignant melanoma. His family remembers him for his story-telling expertise and sense of humor in addition to his professional accomplishments.
Born in Campbellsville, Kentucky on January 26, 1947, Dr. Blevins attended local schools during his early education and high school, later receiving his MD degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1973. After a Medicine internship at the University of Iowa, he completed his Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1979, then completed a Forensic Pathology fellowship at the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner in 1980. He received his specialty and subspecialty board certifications from the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Forensic Pathology, and Cytopathology. He practiced with Western Pathology Consultants, P.C. in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, where he did general and forensic pathology, testifying in many courtroom cases.
Due to cardiac valvular disease, Dr. Blevins retired in 1998, and the following year he and his wife, also a pathologist, moved to Santa Rosa. Having lost their house to the Tubbs fire in October 2017, the family plans to mingle his ashes within the construction of their new house and to hold a private memorial celebrating Dr. Blevins’ life upon completion of the new build.
Dr. Blevins is survived by his wife of 44 years, Diana J. Breslich of Santa Rosa, his son Andrew C. Blevins of Washington D.C., and his daughter Anna J. Blevins of Santa Rosa, as well as his brother Thomas Jerry Blevins and sister-in-law Georgia Blevins of Bowling Green, Kentucky, their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.