Ryan James Tegnelia

16 February, 198019 January, 2021

Ryan James Tegnelia, of Ocean Beach, CA, passed away suddenly on January 19, 2021. Ryan, 40 years old, was born in Alexandria, VA. Our family lived in Springfield, VA; Herndon, VA; and Orlando, FL, before moving to Albuquerque, NM, where Ryan graduated high school.

Ryan received his BA at Arizona State University in 2002 and graduated from the Thomas Jefferson school of Law in San Diego in 2005. Ryan worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Tulare County, CA, before returning to San Diego to begin his career as a criminal defense attorney. He worked at several San Diego law firms before opening his own firm, RJT Criminal Defense. Ryan was passionate about the law and loved his work and the success he accomplished.

Ryan was a devoted son, brother, nephew and friend. He so loved his family and was truly our center and anchor. Ryan was a devoted and loyal friend to many, and our family sincerely thanks all who have reached out to us with sympathy, support and stories of your friendship and work with Ryan.

Ryan is survived by his parents, Jim and Sandy Tegnelia of Albuquerque; sister, Abby Tegnelia of Saratoga Springs, NY; brother, Steven Tegnelia of Albuquerque; special aunt, Charlotte George of Orlando, FL; and many aunts, uncles and cousins from coast-to-coast.

Later this year, when travel and gatherings are safe, family and friends will schedule a memorial gathering for our beloved Ryan.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Ed Winters

13 April 2021

As a “fringe player” on the OB crew, I didn’t know Ryan well, but I knew him well enough to really like and admire him. Ryan never met a stranger, he made an effort to engage with people others didn’t, and he never shied away from a meaningful conversation. He was smart, warm, thoughtful, and incredibly funny, someone I always looked for when I ventured into OB for a softball game, street fair, or Sunday football at Tiny’s. My sincerest condolences to his parents, siblings, and extended family.

** sorry for the delayed post, I moved away from SD three years ago and just heard the awful news from a mutual friend.

Vice Admiral Edward Straw

25 March 2021

My heart goes out to you and your family.

Valerie Daniel

24 March 2021

Dr. T, Sandy, and Family

I was so sad to learn of Ryan's passing. Please accept my sincere condolences and know that I am praying for all of you.


James Bickford

13 March 2021

Mr. and Mrs Tegnelia,

Please accept my condolences for
Ryan's passing. My wife Maty and I are still in utter disbelief. Ryan was one of the most genuine souls I have ever known and I was honored to call him my friend.

James V. Bickford, IV

Jerry McDowell

2 March 2021


Only now learning about the death of your son, Ryan. My deepest condolences to you and the family. My oldest son is Ryan McDowell. I can imagine the pain you must feel at such a tragic loss. May your faith bring you peace and comfort. With sympathy, Jerry

Dori Ellis

2 February 2021


The loss of a child is one of the most difficult experiences any parent can have to go through. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Al Grasso

1 February 2021

We are heartbroken by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
With deepest sympathy

Holly Dockery

1 February 2021


I was deeply saddened to learn about the loss of your son. Although I never met Ryan, I've have read the comments made by those who knew him and realize he was an incredible person.

My sincerest condolences to you, your wife, and your family.


Ruth David

31 January 2021

Jim -
I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of your son. My thoughts are with you.
Deepest Sympathy,

Anita Jones

29 January 2021

Dear Jim,
I am sorry for your tragic loss of Ryan.

My thought are with you and your family,


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