Rick Adams

January 21, 1959October 28, 2011

In Memory Of Ricky Lee Adams

On Friday the 28th of October, Rick Adams went to be with the Lord. He had been diagnosed with cancer at the first of the year and had been heroically battling the disease as part of clinical trials administered through UCLA Johnsons Cancer Center and the help of local doctors. Rick’s life touched so many in the community in a multitude of ways. Rick was a “Baseball Guy” having had an outstanding career in the Montclair youth leagues where his father Howard taught him life lessons as well as baseball skills. Howard had polio but never considered himself handicapped. He coached Rick throughout his youth baseball experience while on crutches and was an inspiration to everyone. Those skills taught by his father were honed at Montclair High School where upon graduation Rick was a 1st round draft choice of the Houston Astros. Rick played professionally for the Astros, Angels and the Giants for 10 years, and was part of the Angels 1982 Western Division Championship team. Upon retirement from baseball Rick took a position as salesman for Robertson Ready Mix that he held for over 21 years. Robertson’s management showed its love for Rick in many ways throughout his illness and was a true blessing to the family. Rick’s legacy came from his love of the Lord, his family, and all the friends that he made in the community while teaching and coaching the game he loved. He coached teams from Alta Loma Little League for many years while his sons Joshua and Garrett were growing up. He gave instruction to kids in the area all the way up to his being diagnosed with the disease that ultimately took his life. The influence he had on others was evident by the outpouring of love shown at the fundraiser held in his honor this past summer. An example of Rick’s influence and generosity to kids is found in a posting from Jacob Watts on Facebook. “You were one of the nicest and best all around guys I knew and I’m glad that I had the chance to call you my friend and mentor. You were there not only to help me with baseball but you also helped me become a better man, give me a better outlook on life and what a true man of God is all about. I will never forget you and the impact you had on my life.” Rick battled this horrible disease with grace, dignity, strength, and the knowledge that God had a plan for him and he was ready for whatever this world would bring him. He is survived by his loving wife Tammy and their four children Ashlee, Joshua, Adam and Garrett as well as his sister Wanda Shute and brothers Howard Adams and Wayne Adams. A memorial service is set for Friday November 4th at Hillside Community Church at 3 pm at 5354 Haven Avenue Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737 . The family has asked that donations be made to the in lieu of flowers so that a cure can be found for this disease and others will not have to suffer the effects of it the way Rick so courageously did.


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Laura Ryder

October 29, 2017

I am sitting here in 2017 watching the World Series. I remember when Rick was drafted by the Astros. He came by my house to show me the car he purchased with his bonus signing money. When I looked up his information I then realized, it was 6 ago to the day, that he passed. He was one of the best friends I made at Montclair HS. My thoughts are with you Ricky Lee. RIP, Laura Ryder

Marie ralston

January 30, 2012

Please accept my deepest sympathy. I spent time with Rick in AZ and San Fran during his baseball years and will always remember his laughter, silliness and sincerity. Marie (AZ).

Suzi Proulx

December 8, 2011

My prayers and love to the Adams family. I feel like Rick is part of OUR family. I'm Pat Proulx's sister; I live in Oregon. Right after Rick signed, he and Pat came to Oregon for a great visit. I believe Rick invested some of his bonus money in a home purchase on the coast. Rick's wonderful life energy will always be missed and remembered! We WILL see each other again. Praise the Lord!

Jan and Mark Bartoli

November 8, 2011

Our hearts and hugs go out to all of you as we so fondly remember our cousin, Ricky.

November 5, 2011

Dear Adams' - We were saddened to learn today about Rick's passing. Even though it has been many years, our memories of him are sweet and we pray that God grants him rest and brings comfort to each of you. May his memory be eternal!
Bill and Tamela Yelland

Teri Miller, Brown

November 4, 2011

Rick gave me a place to sleep when I ran from home in 11th grade. He had me sleep on the couch, and was a TRUE gentleman. He sat with me & talked about the problems I was facing, and finally getting me to call my Father for help. His kindness was never forgot by me, and I was able to do the same for another child in trouble years later. Had he been the "Typical" boy, I would have had a different out look on solving my problems.
Please except my heart felt sadness for your loss of such a good man, and Rick was truley a good man! He touched life's you never even knew.......
Teri ( Miller) Brown

Spike&Martha Wendell

November 4, 2011

To the Shute family, we r with u in thoughts and prayers.

Mike Zavala

November 4, 2011

God, watch over the "Big Man" Tammy we send our love to you & your family.
Mike & Augustina Zavala & family..
Gonna miss that big laugh and big smile!!

Heather Shute

November 4, 2011

RIP Uncle Ricky!!! I will miss you and your smile more then i can say!!! You will forever be in my heart and never far from my thoughts!!! I love you!!!

Carla Valadez

November 4, 2011

Dear Tammy and children I would like you to know how funny and well remembered Rick is. His personality is vibrant and lasting. Rick and my husband Ralph called one another "comps" spanish for friend. Rick helped my sons so much when we lost Ralph providing funny stories for them to know about their dad. Rick is a wonderful man.