Richard Frederick Torres Sr.

Richard Frederick Torres Sr.

May 02, 1945 - September 17, 2018
Rancho Mission Viejo CA

Richard Frederick Torres Sr.

May 02, 1945 - September 17, 2018
Rancho Mission Viejo CA


Richard Frederick Torres Sr. of Rancho Mission Viejo, California, passed away at the age of 73 on Monday, September 17th, 2018 at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, surrounded by his family and friends.

Richard was born on May 2nd, 1945, in Los Angeles, California.  He attended Mount Carmel High School in Los Angeles, California, class of 1963.  Richard dedicated his life to our country by enlisting in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War from 1965 – 1967.  Richard had a remarkable 35-year career with United Parcel Service (UPS), starting as a driver and later becoming an Area Sales Manager.  Richard married Denise, the love of his life, on December 28th, 1995.  Richard retired with UPS, traded in his brown uniform for a pair of Mickey Mouse ears and became a cast member at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.  Richard touched the hearts of many park-goers and all of his fellow cast members.  Our fun-loving and outgoing social butterfly – Richard the husband, the father, the grandfather (Poppy), the godfather, the brother, the uncle, and the friend – will be greatly missed.

Richard is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years, Denise Torres; his five children: Angelique Campos (husband Eduardo Campos), Richard Torres, Jr., Nichole Gonzalez (husband Thomas Gonzalez), Cynthia Smith (husband Kyle Smith), and Brittany Koca (husband Brandon Koca); his three sisters: Barbara Marinelli (husband Rod Marinelli), Rose Bobela (husband Peter Bobela), and Patti Beadles (husband Jim Beadles); his cousin (brother) Larry Contri (wife Rosie Contri); and his three grandchildren: Harrison Devonald, Brayden Devonald, and Ella Gonzalez.  Richard was preceded in death by his mother Angela Torres, who went home to be with the Lord in 1961 at the young age of 42, and his two aunts, Cecilia Lara and Eva Contri, who passed away in 1977 and 2006, respectively.

A funeral mass for Richard will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 23rd  at Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano (31520 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675).  Following mass, a Celebration of Richard’s life is planned from 11:30 PM – 3:00 PM at Plaza de Magdalena (31781 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675).

Richard will be laid to rest at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, October 24th  at Miramar National Cemetery (5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, CA 92122).

In lieu of flowers, the family graciously requests that donations be made in Honor of Richard Torres to Pets for Vets ( or Wounded Warrior Project (


Funeral Mass

  • Date & Time: October 23, 2018 (10:00 AM)
  • Venue: Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano
  • Location: 31520 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 - (Get Directions)

Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: October 24, 2018 (1:00 PM)
  • Venue: Miramar National Cemetery
  • Location: 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (858) 658-7360

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13 responses to Richard Frederick Torres Sr.

  1. Leila Gomoll says:

    Oh how I wish I could be there to help celebrate Rick’s life and to give Denise a huge hug! My prayers and thoughts are with you all during this trying time.

  2. Susan Young says:

    God Bless you Rick

  3. Chuck Knief says:

    We are sorry for your loss.

  4. David Smith says:

    Rick was wonderful partner at UPS. I had the great pleasure of knowing and working with Rick. Rick was true partner and incredible man. You will truly be missed partner.

  5. Bruce Page says:

    Although I didn’t know Rick that long; he made an impression on me. He was always smiling and was someone you always wanted to be around. I will miss you my friend.

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