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William Richard Barraza

September 19, 1955January 6, 2018
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William Richard “RB” Barraza Sunrise, September 19, 1955 Sunset, January 6, 2018 Monterey, Ca

William Richard “RB” Barraza, 62, was called back to Heaven, Saturday, January 6, 2018. Richard was a born In Watsonville, CA and grew up in Monterey & Pacific Grove, Ca. He received his formal education at Robert Down School, PG Jr High and PG High School. Following his graduation, he attended Monterey Peninsula College and then transferred to Bethany College where he received his degree in Bachelors of Science in May 1978.

Shortly after his college graduation he met his soulmate, Jackie Currie, and the two married in May 1983. Richard was called into ministry and became ordained as the Foursquare Gospel Church Minister in September of 1986. His ministry stretched from Monterey, Redwood City and back to his beloved Pacific Grove. He also worked in the Mental Health field.

Richard had many loves in his life. To name some he enjoyed long rides out into the country, spending time with his family, going out whale watching, zoos and music of all kinds. Other than the love of his life, his wife, Jackie, one of his greatest loves was coaching Cross Country, Track and Softball. Encouraging and recognition for one’s pursuit was what he did best. His heart was beautiful and big. Always there to help, Richard is best described as a man with the kindest spirit, brightest smile, and a contagious sense of humor.

Richard was truly blessed in life and blessed those in his life. He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Barraza; brother, Johnathan Farrelly and his grandparents. Richard leaves to cherish his memory his wife and soulmate Jackie; his mother, Carmen Shaw; his siblings, Manuel Gomez, Greg Noga and Sammy Barraza; his sisters-in-law, Becky Currie, Lucy Gomez and Blanca Barraza: many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Jack.

Funeral services will take place at the Mayflower Church on Thursday, January 18 at 10:00 AM followed by burial at El Carmelo Cemetery, both in Pacific Grove. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the PGHS Track and Field/Cross Country program (615 Sunset, Pacific Grove, CA, 93950) which RB loved and for which he served as an assistant coach. Please visit to sign RB’s guestbook and leave messages for his family.


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    Thursday, January 18, 2018


William Richard Barraza

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February 18, 2018

I was so saddened and grieved to hear of Richard's death. I will always remember him as a man who deeply loved and served his God. What an example of how to walk out the Christian life! I know he will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May the Lord put His loving arms of comfort and strength around the family, now and always.
Love, Brenda (Williams) Selsor

Vince Hucks

February 2, 2018

I was saddened to hear of the passing of pastor Richard. He was such an amazing man of God, caring, loving, encouraging. A faithful friend. I will miss you my friend. I pray God would comfort Jackie, Carmen & your entire family in the days ahead. In Jesus' name. Vince Hucks

Jae Ojala

January 28, 2018

I cannot believe this. I am stunned. We pastored with Richard and Jackie at Monterey Family Community Church. I am extending my thoughts and prayers to Richard's family especially Jackie and Carmen.

Vivian Brito (Bekker)

January 23, 2018

I was so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. I remember Richard from our youthful days sy Pacific Grove High School. Richard was always such a really nice guy and friend to many.

My condolences to his family and to Manuel(Gomes) - I am so sorry for your loss.

Anthony Troia

January 18, 2018

I knew and liked Richard since I met him in 7th grade; he was always pleasant, funny, and helpful. And of course he was a great runner. I saw him only rarely after high school, but whenever we bumped into each other we'd have a great chat, with lots of laughs about old times. I remember that he had a good singing voice: in our 7th grade chorus class, he was given the lead as a gypsy prince in some comic musical we put on. I'll always have fond memories of him.

David Dilworth

January 18, 2018

Hey Ricardo,
Was great character building running with you on Pebble Beach sand dunes (well, watching you disappear in the fog ahead me anyway)
Thanks for your encouraging spirit.

Alex Jacobs

January 16, 2018

A great man of God, friend in Monterey, and at Bethany Bible College. Condolences and prayers to Richards Family.

joe morales

January 16, 2018

I am truly sorry for a your great loss! the few years I knew Richard till we graduated was a upstanding funny young man rest in peace..

Bob Burgner

January 16, 2018

Richard always had a good word to say, a song in his heart, and a ready smile. I'm so glad I got to know him; he will be greatly missed.

Becky Currie

January 15, 2018

Richard was a great husband to my sister. I will miss his sense of humor and boundless spirit. His family, church and friends will miss him deeply. My condolences to the Barraza family.