William Ronald (Ron) Mayfield was born in Shreveport Oct. 13, 1948. He died at his home surrounded by family and his dear friends May 31, 2020, when he lost his battle with cancer.
The family moved to Natchitoches and Ron was mostly educated here. He graduated from Natchitoches High School in 1966. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree from Northwestern State University in 1971.
During graduation ceremonies he received his commission as Ensign in the US Navy. Ron received pilot training in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was then assigned to North Island Naval Base in California as pilot of an E-1B, an airborne radar control aircraft. Ron completed two deployments with the Pacific Fleet, one that saw duty in Vietnam. While in San Diego, Ron met Hazel, his wife of over 46 years.
In October 1976 Lt. Ron Mayfield and Hazel left Navy life, returned to Natchitoches with their children and opened Mayfield Office Supply. Later they added a second store in Many. After retirement from the office supply business Ron continued working at his new place of business, Clockworks. Ron had always had a talent for fixing just about anything and had a particular passion for clocks and pocket watches. Ron had another passion, pyrotechnics. For many years he worked with the firework crews at the Natchitoches Christmas Festival and many other celebrations throughout the year.
Those who will treasure having been part of Ron’s life include his mother, Alona M. Mayfield; wife, Hazel; daughter, Esther M. Lawson and husband Paul; son, Edward A. Mayfield and wife Allison O’Con Mayfield; grandchildren, Sarah, Ashley, Lauren, Adam and Kinsley. ATT
The family greatly appreciates the staff of Hospice of Natchitoches and the many friends and neighbors who helped support Ron and his family. A special thanks to Michael Sibley who was Ron’s best friend for many years and his wife Sherry for their devotion to Ron’s care.
Following cremation, Ron will be buried at sea by the US Navy. A celebration of Ron’s life will take place at a later date.