Mr. Dronkers was a well-known Realtor in Pleasanton for many years. The circumstances of his death were not reported, and Pleasanton police said they could not comment on the death.
A 1972 graduate of Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, where he was born, Mr. Dronkers was an award-winning business leader who was active in a number of professional and civic organizations. He held a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California State University, East Bay. He worked with the Clorox Corp. before beginning his career in real estate in 1986 in Pleasanton.
Just a year ago, Mr. Dronkers was honored with a Legacy award by the Tri-Valley YMCA at its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast. As the past co-chair of Operation Care, Mr. Dronkers also was an active member of both the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and the Pleasanton Downtown Association.
A Realtor with Keller Williams Tri-Valley Realty and more recently with Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate in Pleasanton, Mr. Dronkers also was a member of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, a past board member of the Bay East Association of Realtors and a founder of an annual Realtor charity fundraiser that has raised more than $200,000 for Tri-Valley agencies since 2007.
He also was an active booster of the Pleasanton Weekly's annual Holiday Fund, and persuaded hundreds of his real estate associates to join him in contributing thousands of dollars to the Fund that then provided direct financial help to local nonprofit organizations.
Mr. Dronkers' family is requesting that flowers, cards and condolences be sent in care of Ron Dronkers, 370 Oak Lane, Pleasanton, CA 94566.