L. Bonin Obituary (2022) – Los Angeles, CA


July 16, 1938 – January 12, 2022 L. Ramon Bonin, the industrial developer whose company, Dynamic Builders, Inc., built more than 800 buildings in Los Angeles during its 48 years in business, died January 12, 2022 at the age of 83.
The Bonins lived in the Bellehurst neighborhood of Buena Park for 22 years and in San Juan Capistrano for 25 years, commuting to his office in downtown Los Angeles.
Born on July 16, 1938 in St. Martinville, Louisiana, he was the youngest son of eight children born to Octave and Ursula LeBlanc Bonin. He was of French Cajun descent and in his early years spoke only French until he entered school where they only spoke English. During his teenage summers, Ramon would leave home to harvest crops to earn money to take home. The wife of one of the farmers he worked for taught him to read in English, which ignited his passion for learning and his thirst for knowledge. Ramon was an avid reader throughout his life, passing on the love of reading to his children and grandchildren.
When Ramon was 17, a Navy recruiter drafted him into the Navy. He served as an aviation electronics technician on the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard. He was stationed at NAS Miramar in California, where he was assigned to Fighter Squadron VF51, also known as the Screaming Eagles. Today the squadron is part of the “Top Gun” program.
While deployed, he traveled through the Philippines and Japan. He was honorably discharged and moved to the Inglewood area. He met his lovely wife, Patty Squibb, a former LA Rams cheerleader in Downey through a mutual friend. She worked as a stenographer in an aeronautical engineering firm. The couple married within five days of meeting on September 29, 1961.
Ramon worked in various construction and development jobs, often reaching the top in short order, before realizing he would have to do it himself. He and Patty founded Dynamic Builders, Inc. in 1964. “They were such a good business couple,” their daughter Kimberly said, “because she would run the office and do the accounting while he constructed the buildings, first by himself.” They recruited additional staff as the business grew.
In a February 13, 1995 LA Business Journal article, Dynamic Builders, Inc., was described as ranking among the top industrial developers in the county. The author wrote that it was a “tailor-made” development enterprise, replacing tired buildings and vacant lots with a variety of attractive and attractive manufacturing, processing and warehousing/distribution facilities. functions built to measure for “owner-user” customers.” He goes on to quote a colleague, who described Ramon as charismatic and “the kind of guy who makes real estate fun.”
In addition to shaping the landscape of Los Angeles for more than half a century, Ramon’s legacy is felt in his impact on those who met him, both professionally and personally, who were influenced by his warmth, his wisdom and his generous spirit.
Ramon is survived by Patty Bonin, his wife of 60 years; his daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Ken Jackson of Laguna Hills; son Blaise Bonin of Lake Elsinore; six grandchildren, Kamden Guy and her husband Micah; Kourtney Smith and her husband Nathaniel; Kyler Jackson and his wife Stacey; Blaise Bonin II and his wife Georgia; Taylor Vazquez and her husband Michael; and Torey Bonin; and seven great-grandchildren; all reside in Southern California. He is also survived by his sisters, Delta Meaux of Winnie, Texas, and Delores Boudreaux of St. Martinville, LA. For more information: email [email protected]

Published by Los Angeles Times on February 27, 2022.

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