Rafael Rivero

April 5, 1930June 26, 2014
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Rafael Rivero was a humble and honorable man. Pop, as we knew him, was born in Mexico in 1929. He would soon show what his life's mission would be–family and hard work. No job would be too hard. No sacrifice would be too great.

From his early days working on the ranches in Mexico, to his long days in the blazing Texas sun working the fields as a Bracero, to his many years as a dairy farmer in Chino, he spent his life hard at work. And he toiled each day with humility, never seeking reward. I am sure he often felt tired and worn down, but it never showed. You see, it was never about himself; it was about his wife and nine children. His unwavering sacrifice provided a great life for his family, as well as a tremendous example. We were taught the value of hard work; not for accolades and praise, but for one's family. His reward was seeing his nine children have wonderful families of their own in the United States. And on April 20, 1999, he, too, became an American citizen.

Pop was married to his precious wife, Maria, for more than 61 years. Together, they had 10 children. Mallito, their baby boy, however, while still in infancy, preceded Pop in his call home to God. Pop is survived by his beautiful wife, five sons, and four daughters. In addition, Pop was blessed with 27 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

Pop was the strongest man we have ever known. He was also the most caring and gentle man we have ever known. Our greatest blessing was to have spent our lives with him. Pop fought the good fight. He finished the race. And though it all, he remained forever faithful.

Arrangements under the direction of Pierce Bros. Crestlawn Mortuary, Riverside, CA.


  • Rosary Wednesday, July 2, 2014
  • Catholic Funeral Mass Thursday, July 3, 2014

Rafael Rivero

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Sophia Harris

July 3, 2014

Prayers for the Family

Stephanie Martinez

July 3, 2014

"Our condolences to you and your entire family. God Bless from the Martinez Family"

Cesar and Marina Saldana

July 2, 2014

Prayers going out to Tito, Esther, Noah& Adrianne and all the Rivero family during this difficult time. We love y'all.

Kim Freeman

July 2, 2014

God bless you all during this great loss. Prayers to the family during this time.

The Clark Family

July 2, 2014

Our Heartfelt sympathy to the entire family for your loss. May you be comforted in remembering all the good times you had and memories you made!
You are all in our prayers, God Bless.

Bernadette Campa

July 2, 2014

Esther what beautiful pictures. Your father was a very blessed man. Our condolences to you and your entire family. God Bless from the Campa family

July 2, 2014

Our condolences to you and your family. May our Heavenly Father fill all that loved him and miss him with peace, and comfort the hearts. thou i never meet him i know he was a great and wonderfull man by the people he left behind. He taught his family well. Trini Gamboa and Family

David Avila

July 2, 2014

My deepest condolences to all the Rivero family, may God bless you all.

Tracy Limon

July 2, 2014

I am truly sorry for your loss even though I only met him twice both times he had a smile, and a deep laugh that was infectious. Pop greeted my children with open arms, and always seemed like someone with the biggest heart I have ever seen. I wish we could have more time to be with him, and hope the whole family with health and strength through this tough time.

Joshua Limon

July 2, 2014

Pop, thank you for everything you've provided to this family! Your unwavering smile was contagious as your passion for life. I love you Pop! Yo Lo Bendiga! =)