Ricardo Esteban Ortiz, a devoted father, and loving husband, died unexpectedly on December 29, 2019 at the age of 32, while visiting family in Chandler Arizona.
Ricardo is preceded in death by his sister in-law, Mandi Rios; his sister in-law, Yamileth Esquer; and his mother, Maria Dematta.
Ricardo is survived by his dad, Marcelino Ortiz Sr.; his wife, Sabrina Rios; his children, Richard, Elisa, and Abrianna Ortiz; his aunt, Eva Ortiz; his brother, Edwin Galiz; his sister, Luvia Galiz; his brother, Marcelino Ortiz Jr.; his brother, William Galiz; his sister, Nancy Galiz; his father and mother in-law, Rito & Marie Rios; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and in-laws.
Ricardo was born in Los Angeles on April 15, 1987 to Maria Dematta and Marcelino Ortiz Sr. He graduated from Hamilton High School and worked at Kaiser Aluminum for 11 years. He married Sabrina Rios, from Safford Arizona, and shared 15 amazing years. On September 3, 2007, he welcomed his first born Richard Marcus. On February 16, 2012 and July 10, 2013 respectively, he was blessed with two beautiful daughters, Abrianna and Elisa.
Ricardo was a devoted father, a loving husband, and a beloved family member. Richard, Abrianna, and Elisa will always remember their dad for being funny, never mad, and as a caring person. They love their dad and they will miss him very much. He grew up with his siblings and cousins, playing tape ball in the back yard. He played little league baseball into his teenage years. In baseball he won several first place and most valuable player trophies. He was a lifelong Dodgers fan. As a teenager his passion was cars. He would spend afternoons helping his dad working on cars. As an adult his health took a downward spiral. Nonetheless, he continued to move forward and continue spreading love and joy wherever he went. Ricardo was very unselfish. While sick, he took care of his mother until her untimely death. He later moved to Safford with his wife and kids. There he would spend his time taking Richard to his football practices and the girls to their soccer games. He enjoyed going on spontaneous drives with his father in-law Rito, and Rito’s brother Louie. He learned to cook from his mom and did not hesitate to show off his skills to his family in Safford. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him. A public viewing is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on January 6 at Bueler’s Mortuary in Chandler Arizona. A mass is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on January 9 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chandler Arizona. His burial will proceed immediately after mass services at Valley of the Sun Cemetery.