Richard S. Garcia passed away at the age of 85 on February 9, 2021 while at the Sacramento VA Medical Center after failing to recover from COVID-19. Richard was a resident of Manteca, CA.
Richard was born in Brawley, CA on August 27, 1935 to Thomas and Rose Garcia. As a young boy, he moved with his family to Tracy, CA in the mid 1940’s. He attended local schools and was a 1953 graduate of Tracy High School. He served in the US Army from 1956-1957, and met his future wife (Patricia) while stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA. They were married in January 1957 and went on to have four children. He returned to Tracy with his new bride and joined his father in the labor contracting business in produce. In the 1970’s he worked with his-brother-in law, Darryl Kaiser, on the Kaiser family farm in Stockton, CA. He then moved to Blythe, CA in the 1980’s to join his brother Charlie at his business, Aztec Harvesting. He returned to Northern California in the late 1990’s and retired in 2011 at the age of 75. Richard was a fantastic cook, and is remembered for his tamales, menudo, guiso, and Spanish rice. He enjoyed watching football and baseball, especially the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the SF 49ers and SF Giants; he was also an avid reader, and enjoyed watching political news and the history channel all day long. He was a very intelligent, caring, and loving man who will be remembered by all.
Richard is survived by his loving wife and partner of 43 years, Jeanne Garcia of Manteca, CA; children, Thomas Garcia of Modesto, CA, Richard Garcia Jr. of Hayward, CA, Tara Juarez (Frank) of Tracy, CA, and David Garcia (Judith) of Burbank, CA; step-children Cliff Lindgren (Yolanda) of Vacaville, CA and Kevin Lindgren of Manteca, CA; eleven grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He will fondly be remembered by his siblings Rose Marie Solario (Rueben) of Modesto, CA; Mary Kaiser of Tracy, CA; James Garcia of Somerton, AZ; cousin Roseanne Romero of Tracy, CA; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
Richard was preceded is death by his parents, siblings David, Charlie, and Danny Garcia, and his ex-wife Patricia Garcia.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, 2/25 3:00 PM, at the VA National Cemetery in Dixon, CA, where he will be interred. Due to COVID restrictions, the service is limited to immediate family members. A celebration of life is tentatively planned for August 2021.
God Saw You Getting Tired
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be
so he put his arms around you and whispered,
“Come to Me”
With tearful eyes we watched you
and saw you pass away
and although we love you dearly
we could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating
hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best
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