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Friday, April 7, 2023
6:00 - 8:00pm (Central time)
Saturday, April 8, 2023
3:00 - 4:00pm (Central time)
Saturday, April 8, 2023
4:30 - 5:00pm (Central time)
Funeral services for Marvin Ronald “Ron” Layland, 78, of Cleburne, Texas will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2023 at the Cleburne First Seventh-day Adventist Church with Pastor Tony Torres officiating. Burial will follow in Greenacres Memorial Park.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2023 at Rosser Funeral Home.
Serving as pallbearers will be Ken Frieson, Ron Greenthaler, Alan Beebe, Raymond Vasquez, Darrell Davis, and Jeremy Longoria. Honorary pallbearers are Fred Bennett, Tom Dugger, Ed Carroll, Jerry Cash, and Bob Brown.
Ron passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2023 at his home. He was a lifelong resident of Cleburne, born August 18, 1944, the son of Daisy (Chatfield) and Marvin Layland.
He attended school at Southwestern Jr. College in Keene, Texas as well as Fort Worth College and Tarrant County Jr. College earning Associate Degrees in electronics and management.
Ron met Mary Alice McNatt through their mutual work in the Lions Club. They were married on September 2, 2010 in Cleburne. He was a member and served as a Head Deacon at Cleburne First Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Ron was a gifted entrepreneur owning businesses Layland LP Gas Company in Cleburne, La Media Sportsman’s Lodge in South Texas, North Star Fishing Lodge in Alaska, and several businesses in Mexico.
But Ron’s true gift was a gift of service and he shared that gift not only in his community, but also on state and international levels.
In Cleburne Ron served on the Housing Rehabilitation Committee, as Director of the Layland Museum, as Board President of the Cleburne Regional Airport, and on the Cleburne Railroad Museum Board.
He was an Ambassador Emeritus and served as President of the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce where he founded Cleburne on the Rise, Balloon Festival and amid other honors was awarded the Recipient of the Wall of Fame Award.
Ron served Cleburne Community Education where he formed the Johnson County Literacy Volunteers Association, Meals on Wheels of North Central Texas, United Way, Walls Regional Hospital, and the Cleburne Christian Business Club.
He served as President and was a Life Member of the Cleburne Yellow Jacket Booster Club and was instrumental in turning the Booster Club into an All Sports Booster Club.
But anyone who knew Ron knew that his passion was for the Cleburne Lions Club where he had 46 years of perfect attendance starting in May of 1976. Over the years he held a slate of offices including President, Vice President, and Director. He started four of the Lions Club main fundraisers: White Cane, Rattlesnake Roundup, Wild Game Dinner and Auction, and the Annual Truck Raffle. For his service he was awarded many accolades including being twice named Lion of the Year and a Melvin Jones Fellow.
In District 2E2 Ron served in many positions including Governor, Lt. Governor, Leader Dogs for the Blind Chairman, and Texas Lions Foundation Trustee. He held Life Memberships of Organ & Eye Bank (Golden Life), Julien C. Hyer Youth Camp, and the Drug Awareness Council. Among his District awards was Progressive (7 Diamonds) Melvin Jones Fellow, 100% District Governor, and Ron was an Honoree at the Tom Gillis Annual Chicken Dinner/Fort Worth Founder Lions Club.
On the state level, Ron held Life Memberships in the Texas Lions Camp Century Club (Charter Member) and Texas Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center. He holds the state record of 17 Guide Dog Trainees in a year and the most funds raised in a year. Ron was awarded the Texas Lions Foundation Fellow (the 1st Fellow in Texas), Lions World Service for the Blind, Order of the Silver Cane, and the Founders Tribute Award (1st given in the state of Texas).
Ron’s service was not limited to Texas or the United States. He was Ambassador to the Lions of B-2, Mexico. He was co-founder of CEREDIL (Eyeglass Recycling Center in Chihuahua City, Mexico. He completed an ENT & Eye Clinic in Belize City and furnished equipment for an eyeglass finishing lab in Guatemala. Ron initiated a cornea transplant for nine year old Venus Cobb in Belize City.
Ron was awarded the International Presidents Award and the International Leadership Award; just two of the many international honors given to Ron in tribute to his outstanding leadership and commitment to the Lions Club.
Finally, leaving a legacy of service and dedication, Ron established and assisted in the forming of over 100 Charter Clubs in Texas, Mexico, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, resulting in several thousand new members.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, William and Charles Layland.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Alice Layland of Cleburne; son, Marty Layland also of Cleburne; daughter, Tina Layland Schlender and husband, David of Vera Beach, Florida; step-daughter, Dawn Holt of Grapevine, Texas; granddaughter, Kendra Cope of Vera Beach; sister, Mary Layland of Cleburne; and many other family members and many many friends.
In lieu of flowers memorials in Ron’s name may be made to Lions International or Meals on Wheels North Central Texas.
See below for a complete list of Ron's service and awards:
LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES
President (100%) 1983-1984
Secretary (100%) 5-times
1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Vice President
Adviser to the Board of Directors 1990-2009
White Cane, Rattlesnake Roundup, Wild Game Dinner & Auction
& Annual Truck Raffle
100% President 1983-1984
Melvin Jones Fellow 1984
Lion of the Year (2) 1985-1986 & 1986-87
100% Secretary (5)
Zone Chairman 1984-1985
Deputy District Governor (Region Chair.) 1985-1986
L.C.I.F. Chairman 1986-1987
Organ & Eye Bank 1986-1989
1st V P Organ & Eye Bank 1987-1988
Lieutenant Governor (V.D.G.) 1988-1989
District Governor 1989-1990
Extension Chairman 1991-1997
International Understanding 1991-1996
Leader Dogs for the Blind Chairman 1996-1999
Retention Chairman 2002-2003
Alert Chairman 2018-2019
Texas Lions Foundation Trustee 2019- Present
Organ & Eye Bank (Golden Life)
Julien C. Hyer Youth Camp
Drug Awareness Council
Progressive (7 Diamonds) Melvin Jones Fellow
100 % District Governor
Honoree / Tom Gillis Annual Chicken Dinner / Ft Worth Founder Lions Club 1997
MD-2 Membership Chairman 1993-1994
MD-2 Leader Dogs for the Blind, Chairman 1996-1999
Holds record for 17 Guide Dog Trainees in a year
Holds record for most Funds raised in a year
MD-2 Eyeglass Recycling Program, International Liaison 1998-2006
MD-2 Retention Chairman 2001-2005
Texas Lions Camp, Texas Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center
Texas Lions Camp Century Club, Charter Member 1983-Present
Awards & Honors:
Texas Lions Foundation Fellow ( 1st Fellow in Texas), Ed Flood Award
Lions World Service for the Blind
Order of Silver Cane 5years, Presidents Council
Roy Kumpe Society, President’s Council, & Attainer Sponsor
Leader Dogs for the Blind
Founders Tribute Award (1st in Texas)
Topic “Because Someone Cared”
1 International Presidents Award 1990
1 International Leadership Award 2003
7 International Presidents Certificate of Appreciation Vary
26 Extension Awards (assisted in 80 + other clubs) 1976-
7 International PDG Extension Awards Vary
2 International Relations Awards
2 International Membership Growth Awards 1983-84 & 91-92
Membership Award “Universal Key” (350) } 1976-Present
Will be presented at District & State Conventions
Guiding Lion Award, Club Re-Building Award
Establishment and assisted in the forming of over 100 Charter Clubs in Texas, Mexico, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, resulting in several thousand new members.
City of Cleburne:
Cleburne Chamber of Commerce:
#1 Fund Raiser
Record for the most new members in a year.
Record for the most funds collected in a year.
(Highest honor for a member)
Contact Club and Cleburne on the Rise, Balloon Festival 1997
Cleburne Community Education:
Meals on Wheels North Central Texas:
Walls Regional Hospital
Cleburne Christian Business Club
Owner & Operator
Owner / Hunting, South Texas
Owner El Caballo Bayo / Laylo’s Lounge
Restaurant, Creel Chihuahua, Mexico
Owner La Posada De Creel Hotel
Creel Chihuahua, Mexico
Board of Directors 1976-1993
Technical & Standards
Long Range Planning
Railroad Commission Advisory
Texas Legislative / Responsible for the passage of (five) 5 Major Industry Bills, during four (4) sessions in Austin