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Torres, Ricky Thomas

June 6, 1954 - April 14, 2012

Ricky Thomas Torres, 57, passed away suddenly of natural causes at his home in Las Vegas, NV. Ricky had recently moved to Nevada after spending most of his life in Southern California. Born in Los Angeles to Ruben and Tessie Torres, Ricky is survived by his long-time partner, Arlene Milberger of Las Vegas, NV; his three daughters, Reina Torres, of Costa Mesa, CA, Rechelle Torres Escamilla and son-in-law Danny of Santa Ana, CA and Rhianna Torres, of Las Vegas, NV; Dog Truffles, too!

Ricky attended Soto Street Elementary in East Los Angeles, Macy Elementary School in Monterey Park, Schurr Intermediate School and Montebello High School, both in Montebello, CA. At Montebello High, from which he graduated in 1972, Ricky was a multi-sport star athlete.

An auto mechanic for much of his life, Ricky enjoyed spending time with family and tending to his garden where he grew fruits and vegetables in abundance. A true sports enthusiast and participant since his early days on Pop Warner football teams and city basketball and baseball clubs, Ricky's favorite teams were the Anaheim Angels, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the UCLA Bruins - although he appreciated all sports and happily attended any athletic event. Ricky was known by friends and family alike for his wry sense of humor (on display in his prolific Facebook comments), his easy laugh, his generous spirit and his collection of athletic gear that he loved to flaunt, especially if it happened to represent the team that was playing against the team you were rooting for!

A beloved partner, father, son, brother and uncle, Ricky will be sorely missed. In addition to his children and girlfriend, he leaves behind his mother, Tessie Medina Torres of Corona del Mar, CA; sisters, Ruth "Cookie" Torres of Costa Mesa, CA, Rosemarie Torres Johnson of Cambridge, MA and Robbie Torres Nicoli of Coto de Caza, CA; in-laws, Terri Torres, Steve Johnson, John Nicoli; and nieces and nephews, April Negrete her spouse Steven Kilgo, Christopher Negrete, Lindsay Torres Alkema and spouse Chris, and Emma, Ruben and Tessa Johnson. Ricky was predeceased by his father, Ruben Torres; two brothers, Ronny Torres and Ruben Torres Jr.; and his niece, Danielle Torres.

A private burial was held at sea on Saturday, April 28. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the .

Published in Orange County Register on May 1, 2012
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