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Draper Mortuary

811 North Mountain Ave, Ontario, CA

OBITUARY

Ruben Cano Payan

September 21, 1948May 1, 2016
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Ruben passed away peacefully on May 1, 2016. He is preceded in death by his Wife, Hortencia “Arty” Carroll-Payan; his Father, Frank Payan and his Brothers Rudy and Gilbert Payan. He is survived by his Mother, Margaret Payan; his Brother Carlos Payan; his Sister-In-Law, Marian “Nama” Payan; his Sister, Dora Ramirez; his Brother-In-Law, Roy Ramirez; his Daughter, Priscilla (Payan) Gonzalez; his Son-In-Law, Art Gonzalez, his Step-Daughters, Erica and Alice Carroll; his Step-Grandchildren, Destiny and Daniel McGrew, David Hererra and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Ruben was born in Fontana, California, on September 21, 1948. He grew up in Ontario playing baseball, enjoying car clubs and dancing and partying with his friends and family. He graduated from Chaffey High School on June 15, 1966. Following, he served as a Specialist (SP4) in the United States Army from May 1968 to June 1970. While serving his country during the Vietnam War, he received a National Defense Service Medal. Upon honorable discharge, he began his career as a Head Custodian for the Ontario-Montclair School District, and retired after 30 years of service. His favorite things included trips to the casino, playing cards, watching Lakers and Dodgers games, eating sweets, looking at cars, dancing and kicking back and enjoying a cold one while spending time with his family and friends. He was an extremely strong man, who was admired very much by those who knew his story. He was a fighter his entire life and never gave up on anything thrown his way. He was a very kind and loving man who loved to give and would do anything for his family and friends. He will be loved and missed by everyone who knew him. He will never be forgotten as his spirit will continue to live on through his loved ones. Rest in paradise RB Lakers, until we meet again! Services will commence Friday, May 6, 2016, at 11:00 am at Draper Mortuary

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  • Funeral Service Friday, May 6, 2016

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Jeff Villa

May 5, 2016

Ruben was always Mr. Cool growing up we all new Ruben always had the baddest cars in town and was known by the whole city. We spent many hours playing cards, listening to music and talking about the good old days. RIP brother it was a pleasure knowing you.
Jeff(Thee Master Mixer) Villa
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Dana Lopez

May 5, 2016

Ruben, along with his partner Nelson, was far and away the best custodian Lehigh has ever seen. I worked with him for 10 years and he was awesome. It was a sad day for Lehigh when he retired, and even sadder today. Condolences to his family.

Ronnie Prado

May 5, 2016

My deepest sympathy to the Payan family
I remember the days when we all would gather at Rubens house to just get together party and have good times and the Royal Image car club meetings and events. We sure did have some good times, those were the days, Ruben was a really good person to all, I'm thankful for having the opportunity to know him and share good times with him. My Heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with the Payan family
God Bless

Sylvia Lopez

May 5, 2016

Ruben was the best custodian I ever met. When I started working at Lehigh he would always come in and with his beautiful smile he would say good morning some times he will surprise me by leaving on my desk a cup a coffee with a cinnamon roll. he was always a pleasure to talk to him in the morning. I work with this man for a few years. RIP my friend you will be missed. My condolences to his family. Sylvia

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