Ronald Boren, a Muskogee music stalwart, has died, according to friends and family.
Boren, who was a longtime supporter and volunteer at Muskogee’s Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, was an early and ardent supporter of the Swon Brothers, who later went to the finals of The Voice and became Nashville recording artists.
Boren’s main gig was as a drummer, but he was proficient in most instruments, including guitar and bass. He advised an entire generation of musicians and played with Muskogee greats such as Harley Hamm and Jim Paul Blair. His influence cannot be overstated.
Early reports suggest he died during open-heart surgery, but those reports have not been confirmed.
Services have not been confirmed yet.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Ron was a personal friend and neighbor of mine. That relationship did not affect the coverage of this story.
UPDATE: Boren’s funeral will be at Saint Paul United Methodist Church on Saturday at 10 a.m. Arrangements are being handled by Bradley Funeral Service.