Richard R. Garcia

LA JARA — Richard R. Garcia, 64, passed away August 16, 2019 at the Conejos County Hospital in La Jara. with his loving family at his side.  What’s coincidental is he passed away on his grandma Sofia’s birthday, as well as his aunt Stella’s birthday. Both ladies were very dear and precious to him. 

Richard was born Feb. 20, 1955 at the Alamosa Community Hospital in Alamosa, to Orlinda and Bobby Taylor.   Richard graduated from the South Conejos School District in 1972 and also attended Adams State College. On June 3, 1978, he married Lorraine Pacheco from Romeo.  They were married 41 years until death do them apart.  Richard enjoyed spending time with his loving family and his grandchildren.  His grandchildren were the apple of his eyes.  These young ones are going to miss their grandpa Ritchie (Pomps), as well as his family members, etc.  Richard was a Mogote resident for many years and was an outdoor person who loved to go fishing, gardening and his flower gardens. He had a love for birds, eagles, bears and elk. He was a very good cook and was known for his champe jelly. Another rare love he had was to paint. His grandma Sofia would say, he is the best painter in the world.  She said those words with much pride. 

Richard is survived by his wife, Lorraine Garcia of Mogote, two daughters Lisa Mae Garcia (Dom Khoketkham) of Alamosa, Laura Beth Garcia of Alamosa, son Matthew Richard Garcia of Antonito, his grandchildren Jordan and Jalissa Garcia of Las Mesitas, Sophia Lucero, of Sanford, and Damian Garcia of Alamosa, his parents Bobby and Orlinda Taylor of Antonito, two sisters Roberta Taylor-Hill (Ken Hill) of Alamosa, Jacqueline Taylor (Mike Farrington) of Alamosa, and one brother Adolph Taylor (Becky Romero) of Littleton. Richard is also survived by his great aunt, Stella Casias, sister- in- law Christine Martinez, brother-in-law, Willie Pacheco, and sister-in-law Angela Gonzales (Travis Gonzales) of Manassa.  He is also survived by many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his grandparents, Feliz and Sofia Garcia, Pablo and Mary Pacheco (mother and father in-law), cousin Pete, Gilbert Gallegos (uncle), great-aunt Margaret Garcia, and cousins, uncles and aunts.

A funeral mass will be held at the Saint Augustine Church in Antonito, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.  To follow at 11 a.m. will be a memorial and meal at the Donald Chavez Hall also in Antonito.  Cremation was chosen and was entrusted to Rogers Family Mortuary.  Interment of ashes will be done at a later date. 

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