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RAYMOND PARRA Obituary
PARRA, RAYMOND Raymond Parra, 78, died on November 9, 2012 at his home in Chula Vista, CA, with his family by his side. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1998 and ultimately succumbed to it after 14 years. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he moved west to San Diego and began a 43-year career working for the Sante Fe Railroad, where he rarely missed a day's work. He enjoyed playing golf and he took up running as he approached the age of 50. Despite the late start, he ran in over 25 marathons and numerous 5k and 10k races. He loved spending time with his nine grandchildren, whether it was chauffeuring them around or watching them participate in sports and other activities. He was a hard-working man who loved life and family. He enjoyed meeting people and could spark up a conversation with anyone about anything. Raymond is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis, his love for over 59 years, his children Raymond Jr., Lupe and Ron, grandchildren Angela, Jesse, Kristina, Briana, Raymond III, Samantha, Stephen, Andy and Nicole, great grandchildren Anaya and Matthew, and his sisters Tonia and Rose. He was preceded in death by his mother Petra, his father Epimenio, his siblings Jesse, Emiliano, Salvador, Sal, Lucy and Woody, and by his son Patrick, who died six days before him. His family, including numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, all loved him dearly. He will be missed by all. We love you Dad, Tata, Grandpa. You will always be in our hearts. Viewing and Rosary for Raymond and Patrick will held Thursday, November 15th, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Greenwood Memorial Park, 4300 Imperial Ave., San Diego, CA 92113. Funeral Services including mass will be Friday, November 16th, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. Holy Cross Cemetery, 4470 Hilltop Drive, San Diego, CA 92102.

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Published in U-T San Diego on Nov. 14, 2012
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