David Merwyn Ranes entered into rest on April 13, 2016. He was born in China Lake, CA on March 9, 1955 to parents Robert “Bob” Merwyn and Barbara Redford Ranes. David and his younger brother, Mark, were raised in different cities including Oakland, San Francisco, Fairfield and Turlock. David enjoyed fishing and riding his dirt bike as a child. When he wasn’t spending time outdoors, he would play in the school orchestra. His favorite hobby in high school and college was photography in which he received many awards.
After graduating high school in 1973, and attending CSU Stanislaus, David joined the police academy and was an officer for 32 years until he retired in 2005 in Turlock, CA. One of his most prestigious awards included police officer of the year. David married Patti on May 20, 1995 in Reno, NV. His favorite pursuits were fishing, coins and prepping. He had an affinity for music history and took pride in his volunteer trip to hurricane victims, and homeless safety programs for The Salvation Army during his retirement. He was a great husband, father, step-dad, Papa, friend, police officer and volunteer. He would also like to be known as a gentleman and a scholar.
David is survived by his loving wife, sons Travis, Eric and Joe, daughters Lisa, Alison and Shawna, grandchildren Vince, Shania, Holly, Avery, Harley, Melissa, Michael, Justin, Noah, Hallie, Kash, Annalisa and Alex and great granddaughter Kylie. David will be immensely missed by all who knew and loved him. A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the Salvation Army 893 Lander Ave. in Turlock, CA.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in his name to The Turlock Salvation Army or The Turlock Police Widows and Families Fund.