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Richard Garcia

May 24, 1986 – Aug. 2, 2023

Richard Garcia, 37, peacefully went home to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by his loving family on Aug. 2, 2023, at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital in Fresno.

Richard was born on May 24, 1986, in Wasco. As a youth, he played Little League baseball. He graduated from Wasco High School. He was an avid basketball and football player, and his passion for the sports led him in becoming a loyal fan of the Raiders and Lakers teams all his life.

In 2008, he met the love of his life, his queen, Jaleesa. Soon thereafter, they married and started a family of their own. They welcomed their first son, Noah, in 2010, and Messiah in 2018. His wife and sons were the joy of his life. Richard worked as a truck driver for Producers, delivering milk to the schools. He was also a self-taught barber. He often enjoyed volunteering his time giving haircuts to anyone he knew, the kids in his neighborhood, and all his family and friends in Wasco.

Richard attended Family Life Worship Center in McFarland. His unwavering faith was the cornerstone of his character. His passion for sharing God's love and grace was evident. He recently graduated from Teen Challenge Ministry Institute on June 18, 2023, and was named valedictorian of his class. His plans were to continue his education to receive his pastoral license.

Richard wass preceded in death by his father, Robert Espinoza, and brother, Miguel Soto. He is survived by his wife, Jaleesa; his sons, Noah and Messiah Garcia; his Mother, Petra "Baby" Hiracheta; brothers Robert "RJ" Espinoza (Tracy), Gustavo "Gus" Soto, Christian Soto and Jeremy Mitchell; sisters Salina Beltran and Brittany Mitchell; and many nieces and nephews.

A viewing will take place on Thursday, Aug. 17, at Peters Funeral Home in Wasco. from 4 to 8 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, Aug. 18, at New Generation Church. 1017 Central Ave., in Wasco at 10 a.m. We invite all those whose lives he touched to join us in paying tribute to the incredible man he was.

Rest in eternal peace, dear Richard. You will be deeply missed, but your love and light will forever shine brightly in our hearts.


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