James Ronald Puryear, has died.
His office in Spokane Valley, World Wide Dream Builders, confirmed his death but declined to provide any other information.
At one time World Wide Dream Builders had more than half a million distributors in over 30 countries. Puryear, known as Ron, ran the business with his wife, Georgia Lee Puryear.
Locally, the Puryear family may be best known for the construction of a 26,000-square-foot vacation home along the Spokane River in Post Falls. The “Amway House” quickly became a landmark for boaters when it was built over the course of five years, starting in 1995. It features 13 bedrooms and bathrooms, a saltwater pool, immaculate grounds, stunning views and several boat docks. It’s currently for sale, priced at just under $10 million - down from $20 million in 2010.
During construction, neighbors complained that full-size Greyhound buses loaded with Amway distributors would stop by on their way to Amway conferences in Spokane.
Joe's commentary: My condolences to his family. He is the third crown ambassador in recent years to pass away (Bill Britt and Jim Dornan). Oddly enough, despite a great degree of alleged wealth, these crowns never "walked away" from Amway to quietly enjoy life. They ironically and apparently worked until they could work no longer. Rest in peace.