Ron Winther Channell died from a heart attack on September 24, 2017 while on vacation in San Diego, California. He was born on May 17, 1954 in Brigham City, Utah to Barbara Winther and Ralph Reed Channell. He moved to Southern California as a young child and graduated from Arcadia High School. He served in the Germany Central Mission from 1973 to 1975. Upon his return he attended and graduated from Brigham Young University with his bachelor's and master's degrees. During this time he met and married his sweetheart, Sandra Story. He then went on to the University of Utah where he earned his doctorate degree in Speech-Language Pathology. He joined the faculty at Brigham Young University as a professor of Communication Disorders where he worked for 34 years until his retirement this summer. During his career he taught thousands of students, chaired hundreds for their theses, and helped all of them succeed both in and out of the classroom to the best of his ability.\n\nAmong all that he accomplished during his life, he was the most proud of marrying his wife and raising his three daughters. He always made education a priority, made learning fun, and watched in pride as all of his children graduated from college. He also loved to travel and spent time throughout Europe, South America, and extensively within the United States. He loved going "home" to Southern California and spending time on the beach.\n\nHe developed a passion for learning foreign languages, from Spanish during his childhood, German while serving his mission, and later Italian, Vietnamese, Polish, and Turkish. The latter offered him the chance to visit Turkey twice, the second time for over five weeks.\n\nHe served faithfully in many capacities in the Church, including a BYU bishopric, a teacher for both youth and adults, and a pianist for hymns. Everyone loved when he taught as he brought fascinating insight to any subject.\n\nHe was passionate about music and tended to gravitate to any piano or guitar he found to the delight of anyone in earshot, and he could play anything by ear. He loved learning new things, and it was rare to find him without a book in his hand. He was known for his love for Mexican food and Diet Coke. His sense of humor and quick wit were appreciated by everyone who knew him.\n\nHe leaves his wife, Sandy; his daughters, Emily (Joseph) Lodato, Marisa, and Natalie; his granddaughter, Allison; his siblings and their families, Paul (Alma) Channell, Jean Channell, Chris (Adam) Hill, Larin (Sherrie) Channell, Sarah Winnen and Ryan Channell; and Sandy's mother Joyce and siblings and their families, Kayle Kirk, Scott (Paula) Story, Randy (Christy) Story, Ron (Michelle) Story, Tina (Shae) Porter, and Shaun (Bonnie) Story. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Laurie, his father-in-law, Keith Story and sister-in-law Mary Jo Kirk.\n\nAn evening viewing will be held Monday, October 2, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Grandview Stake Center Chapel, 1600 North 1880 West, Provo, Utah. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Grandview Stake Center Chapel with a viewing from 9:30 to10:45 a.m prior to the service. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery.\n\nIn lieu of flowers the family asks you to donate to a humanitarian cause or simply enjoy a meal of tacos and a coke with your family.\n\nCondolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.