OBITUARY

Richard PLACENCIA

June 1, 1966February 18, 2021
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Richard Placencia, 54, born June 1, 1966 entered eternal rest on February 18, 2021. Richard was a devoted husband, father and all around family man.

Richard lived his life to the fullest, keeping family his main priority. Living in the present and never letting a moment slip. He worked with his wife Monica for 25 years as a VP Manager at Stewart Title. Richard was a selfless man putting himself last no matter what. Always a trusted mentor and role model to his kids, Victoria & Dominic as well as his nephews and nieces.

Richard loved to spend time with his family more than anything, he always treasured that time and made sure that there were countless family vacations. Richard had a kind heart and touched so many people’s lives. He treated everyone the same way he wanted to be treated, and he loved everyone.

Losing Richard hurts so much and the words that come to mind when we hear his name are Loving, Kind, Generous, Selfless, Hard Working, Spontaneous, Funny, Strong, Compassionate, Leader, Trusting, and the best trait of all your Loyalty.

Richard is survived by his wife Monica; children Victoria (Greg) & Dominic; siblings Margie (Ramon), Ernestina (Ray), Gloria, Joe (Becky), Hector (Roxanne), Ralph, and Arnold (Theresa); Mother-in-Law Lucy; countless nieces and nephews. He will be missed dearly and loved forever.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, February 26, 2021

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Karina Arvizu

February 28, 2021

Tio Richard you were a great tio, nino and friend. You loved road trips especially Vegas and the happiest place on earth it was like clockwork every year. Me and mias nickname was always kiddo now thinking about it warms my heart.I miss you with this virus it ruined everything what I think you’d miss the most is the movies boy you were a move buff quoting left and right “keep your hands off my drum set” “ if you ain’t first your last”. You would always give me advise and take my out of school to go to the aquarium or zoo. You were a great Tio I love and miss you.
-Zavier

Daniel Arvizu

February 28, 2021

Tio Richard,
As you know I’ve never been much of a writer especially when it comes to communication, I’m more of a pick up the phone and call type of guy. That’s just it I can no longer call you and it’s hard to process. I miss you so much. You’ve left a void in my life leaving as early as you did. A void that will never be filled, and that’s okay, because I have come to realize that there is no one in this world that would make the impact that you did not only in my life but my kids (or as zavier would say Tios “Kiddos”). No one will live up to the bar you set. You were always there. Every big life accomplishment, all of Zavier’s games in every sport, all of your goddaughter Mia’s facetimes and calls. I used to feel bad because Mia would try to call as much as Victoria and we all know both of them can talk, but looking back on it, you enjoyed the calls and it was the highlight of Mia’s day to call you and Mo. You’ve taught me so many life lessons on my path to becoming a man. However, the one I will always strive to live up to is the one you were perfect at, being a Family man. I can only hope to become half the Tio you were. You have set an impossible bar in that category, like super tio, my second Dad.
Your nephew zavier misses you. It’s been especially hard since baseball season is right around the corner. He states all the time that you were always at his games and now you won’t be. Your goddaughter ask for you a lot, constantly says she misses you. It breaks my heart. I let them know you are always with them in heart and you will always be looking down as a guardian angel. Zavier asked if he could talk to you. When I told him most definitely, he said he would tell Mia to as well. You almost escaped her talking, so I’m sorry if your relaxing up there and you hear Mia’s voice calling, we all know how she loved to talk to her Nino. Tio, thank you for everything you have done. Rest easy and I promise to honor you by being the best Tio, Dad, and family man.

Jessica Cummings (Placencia)

February 27, 2021

Dear Tio,
Thank you for being a part of my life on this earth. Like all my Tios I treasure you as a small version of my father. Growing up you made me and my family feel special and worthy. You never passed judgement and always guided me when I asked for it. You were always there no matter what. Thank you. Thank you for coming out to see us at the swap meet, where instead of spending the weekends with family and friends, you came to see us. Thank you. I felt so special to know that I was one of the first to know that you were going to have a baby with Mo (Mo told me at the diner place we loved to go to 😁). Tio, thank you for checking in on my dad, especially when he needed it. Thank you for being there with Mo to make sure he was OK. I will miss your smile, laugh, your witty comments and seeing you. May you know that I never stopped praying! Love you!

Sabina Arvizu

February 26, 2021

Monica... Andy and I will always be here for you. I will hold in my heart the way Tio Richard loved you. He was always by your side! And will always be by your side! He is a true guardian angel and will protect you now and until you see each other again. I wish this never happened and I truly wish that you find peace and comfort knowing that we need you in our lives and that we will always continue to keep Tio Richard’s memories real and true and never let them fade. He will always be with us.
Victoria... the way your dad would drop what he was doing to answer your phone calls was so awesome to see and hear. He loved you so much and I know he will continue to protect you down here from up there!!! He will guide you in every step of your life. Never stop talking to him!
Dominic... you dad was so proud of the man you have become. He was so cool because he allowed you to be YOU! He never stopped you from making mistakes because he knew you needed to make them in order to learn from them. If that’s not cool, I don’t know what is! He has taught you a lot already, what it is to love and be loved. Continue his legacy. Create those memories!! Never stop listening to him because I know he will never stop listening to you!!!
And to my mother in law Ernestina and my father in law Ray and to my Andy, please know that I love you guys so much, I love creating memories with you. Let’s continue to share Tio Richard’s love and memories. He will always be with us.
Tio Richard, this is not a Good Bye but it’s an I’ll see you later.
Love always, your niece Sabrina!

Sabrina Arvizu

February 26, 2021

Hey Tio Richard, it’s me Sabrina, I’m sitting here in this beautiful house that you helped Andy and I make our HOME. You are absolutely a phenomenal person. You loved unconditionally and helped uncontrollably and it was deeply felt. From turning our first house into our loving HOME! To saying yes, when Andy and I needed help watching Isa! You were always there! From the first birthday we shared to our last, you never seemed to fail at telling me, “ok your day is over... now it’s mine and andy’s day”!!! But going back to HOME, I know HOME is where the heart is and you brought it every single day. You brought heart and HOME every Sunday to my in laws, especially to your sister Ernestina. I love seeing her laugh with you! You were the first and last guy to leave the Kitchen, our women’s sanctuary, the HOME of all our laughs and jokes! And you were the first and last guy at the outside patio, the guy’s sanctuary, smoking a cigar with the boys. The Kitchen HOME with us girls lit up every time you came in because we knew you had good comebacks and jokes!! We laugh so hard with you! I’ll always remember Karina telling me, “I want to be the best Comadres and Compadres, just like Richard, Mo and Ray and Ernie!!” We are! We will continue living your legacy Tio Richard. Laughing, loyalty, and great memories that will continue to be made.

Andres Arvizu

February 26, 2021

There are tons of things that I will miss about my Tio, tons. I am only going to write about a few that stand out to me the most at this very moment.

The first, is how he interacted with my nephews, nieces and daughter. Man did he brighten up their lives. The happiness, joy, love, and smiles that he was able to bring to each and every one of them was an amazing site to see. I could only assume it was like this for all my brothers when I say this, but I loved seeing my daughter light up with a huge smile and arms out reaching for him whenever she would see him. She was always drawn to him whenever he was around, it was awesome to see. Man that is something that I will forever remember and truly miss.

The second, the day we were both born, June 1st. That is a date that I have shared with my Tio for my entire life, that is the date that two legends were born lol (by legends I am talking about my Tio and myself). I was so lucky to share that day with him every single year. The best birthday present I got every year was being able to sit next to him on that day and watch our families sing happy birthday to us. This is a day that will forever be different for me.

The third, was how to be a Tio. He was the true definition of a Tio. He showed us love no matter what the situation was with in our family. He was always there for my brothers, and myself. Every memory I have of him is a blueprint of how I am supposed to be with my own nephews and nieces, and for that I am extremely grateful. He set the standards pretty high for my brothers and myself, but we are all up to the challenge.

Thank you for all of it Tio, I love you!

Lin Thornton

February 26, 2021

I once heard a man say, we don’t get to choose how we’re going to die, or when. We can only decide how we’re going to live in the here and now. Well, you primo lived life to the fullest.

You’ve touched a lot of lives, your seed was planted in your nieces and nephews.
They speak highly of you and will continue. You gave them advice and support in whatever they were facing in life. You were that special uncle who supported them in their school activities/sports.

The only reassurance the word of God gives us, is someday we’ll all be together again. I can only imagine how your mother felt when she saw you, her youngest son coming through the clouds, passing thru the pearly gates and reuniting with her.

You will be missed by many, as your infectious smile in itself touched a lot of folks.

Rest In Peace Primo, We’ll take it from here.

L. Thornton. (Aka, Prima Toucho)

Andres Arvizu

February 26, 2021

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Many know him as Richard, Rich, Richy, Reeshird(inside joke), Dick(he was not a fan of this one much), Snitchard(jokingly from time to time when he would snitch on someone), but to me, he was, and always will be, Tio. My mind has not been able to stop reminiscing on all of the memories I shared with him. It's like every day, every moment, another memory of a time I had with him pops into my head. For that, I am truly a lucky nephew. The fact that I have all of these memories, the guidance, the knowledge, and the support is due to the effort he put forward in being such a great Tio. He was a Tio that was always there for me whenever I needed any type of guidance. I called him for guidance on a lot of things, big things, small things, anything. It was almost as if it were just a reason to call and say hi. I am really going to miss those calls. My Tio and Tia helped my wife and myself find our first house. We loved it but knew that there were many things we wanted to do with it, his guidance is what has helped shape and change our house into our HOME. That, and also the fact that he had a "guy" for everything lol. I will always remember calling him and asking him to come by the house so I can get his thoughts on whatever our next project would be. I would always tell him what I wanted to do to the house and everytime he would always say "welllllll what I would do" and of course that is what I would end up doing. It was his nice way of saying "don't do that, do this instead".

Michael Jarmuz

February 26, 2021

Richard brought an infinite amount of joy and laughs into our household over the years. The inside jokes, the office pranks. I believe we mainly called them "incidents." There were many..... "incidents" over the years. It's an endless amount of laughs and stories. Everything that Richard, Monica, my Father and myself would crack up about. So many laughs and memories. Just laugh out loud good times. How many "business lunches" were there over the past 25 years? Both Richard and Monica had worked with my Father for many, many years. Richard watched me grow up. He was in our lives through many periods. Marriages, divorces, good times and bad. He was an exemplary family man. Always put his family first. Extremely caring, he always did the right thing and was a genuine good person. He helped people purchase homes, realize their own dreams and shared ruthlessly with those around him. His business acumen was outstanding and his success was inspirational. I'm thankful for what he taught me over the years.

He gave me an opportunity at the mortgage office when I was in need. What the heck do I know about mortgages? I was Costanza with Pensky File all day in that office! Tons of laughs. It was an example of his nature. No experience, no qualifications but if he knew your character he would give you an opportunity. Succeed I did. I'll always be grateful for the knowledge, opportunity and everything that came out of that experience.

The Placencia's came to New York and spent some time visiting when I was living there. Richard always had a great attitude and go with the flow mentality. A positive outlook on life. An optimist. We had a great visit while they were in New York and I remember Richard's exact words were "this is a nice little town."

My annual pilgrimages to Arizona, always included a lunch with Richard and Monica. So many laughs. Once we get started, we can't stop. Love and Prayers to the family. Rest in Peace Richard

Robert Arvizu

February 26, 2021


Tio Richard,
You were truly one of a kind. Through this entire process as I try to comprehend why you were taken from us I realized so many subtle valuable lessons that you taught me. Family is forever! As far back as I can remember you were at every single family vacation, gathering, birthday, basketball game and major milestone in my life. You truly cared not only about me but my family. I loved picking your brain and getting your perspectives on several topics because you had a mindset that I could relate to.

You are the true definition of what it means to not only be a great man but a “Tio”. There wasn’t anything you would not do for any of your nieces and nephews. I aspire to be as great of a “Tio” as you were to me and pass on that genuine love to all my nieces and nephews. Thank you for setting the bar and continuously pushing all of us to be better. I miss you dearly but have found comfort in knowing that you will always watch over and protect us.

Lastly, thank you for helping me find my house and putting your finishing touches on it. The light you picked out, the doors you painted, the bathroom you destroyed and made look like it no longer belongs in the 60’s will forever be a memory. Now when I walk in my house it’s like you are there. I appreciate you more than you will ever know and I am grateful to have experienced your knowledge and guidance throughout my 30 years of life. Your legacy and life lessons will live on forever through our family and the countless peoples hearts you have touched. In a crazy cold world you found your niche and made the world a better place! The Raiders games will never be the same but I promise to keep the tradition alive with RJ. Also, you called it lol Tom Brady won another Super Bowl!

This is not goodbye. I will see you again some day! I love you Tio.

-Robert

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