Ron was the third child born to Otis and Jessie Lupton of Portsmouth, VA. Growing up he often ventured into the mountains with his father, seeking gems and minerals while taking the sights where they traveled. He graduated from Denver’s Westminster High School and earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Colorado State College in Greeley. Ron was an extraordinarily talented fine artist, musician and writer, who spent his professional career as an acclaimed public school art teacher for District 11 in Colorado Springs, mostly at Irving Middle School. Ron and his wife Donna proudly raised 3 children together, and their many grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the apples of his eye! He was also a tremendous guitarist, master gem cutter, entertainer, film maker, storyteller, joke writer, and a phenomenal wordsmith. His passion for teaching art and his ability to inspire and encourage students of all skill levels made him a legend amongst generations of kids, who kept in touch with him decades after their time in his classes. Fittingly, he was named in several volumes of “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” Ron was also an epic prankster, delighting in startling family, friends, and even the unsuspecting staff at St. Francis Hospital as he neared the end of his days. His steadfast love and purposeful care for his family and friends provided a blueprint for all in his circle to strive for the kind of love exemplified in Jesus.
Revolution Jewelry Works exists today because of Ron’s mentorship in faceting to Jennifer Farnes. Their friendship and bond bridged the generation gap to build an amazing friendship, and through the years Ron and Donna along with Jenn and Jeremy had many adventures and good belly laughs together. Wishing to have Ron’s gemstones be available to collectors, Donna allows Revolution Jewelry Works to present and sell from his collection. All of his master-faceted gems can be seen in-person at the Revolution Jewelry Works studio in Colorado Springs.