Born in Asheville, N.C., Ron Trumble's family moved to Jacksonville Beach, Fla., when he was 2 1/2—around the time that his grandmother discovered he was deaf. He was raised orally, but learned ASL when he attended the Deaf Olympics, competing as a swimmer. He met a teammate who was a student at RIT/NTID.
In 1970, he enrolled at NTID and majored in Architectural Technology program, graduating in 1977. He later attended RIT's School for American Crafts in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences and focused on woodworking and furniture design.
During his time at RIT/NTID, he was involved with the NTID Performing Arts program. He also appeared in the New York City production of Children of a Lesser God.
Today, Trumble works from his studio in Berkley, California, creating customized woodwork for clients. He is currently experimenting with quilt block designs for tables.