Rafael "Rafe" Gamboa

Rafael "Rafe" Gamboa, DDS.

Oct. 24, 1949

Oct. 23, 2011

Renow- ned and beloved local periodontist, passed away peacefully on October 23, 2011.

Dr. Gamboa leaves behind his beloved wife, Linda, daughters Alexis and Roxanne Gamboa, Shannon McClaskey, Heather Toole, Lexi Jacinto and his five grandchildren. Dr. Gamboa is also survived by his Mother and Father, Francisco and Olga Gamboa; sisters, Elvia, Irma, Norma and brothers Frank and Hector Gamboa and all of their amazing children.

Rafe Gamboa graduated from the University of Nevada and then attended dental school at USC in Los Angeles going on to UCLA for specialization in periodontal dentistry. He returned to Reno over 30 years ago and has had a successful private dental practice. Beyond everything, Dr. Gamboa truly loved his patients.

Dr. Gamboa was a local pioneer, in performing dental implants and was one of the first dentists to receive the highly coveted training and award from the MISCH Institute, 20 years ago.

In his private life Dr. Gamboa enjoyed fishing, hunting, and flying down the rode on his Harley. Dr. Gamboa especially savored the time spent with his father, attending untold numbers of the Giants baseball games. Above all, he went to great lengths to carve out time to spend with his precious girls, who he adored. His large loving family reveled in holiday gatherings and they all took every opportunity to be with each other. Dr. Gamboa will long be remembered for his zest of life, his joyful countenance and total commitment to loving and living every day to the fullest.

A service will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, October 28, 2011 at Walton Funeral Home, 875 W. 2nd Street in Reno, with a Celebration of Life gathering to follow at Pinnochio's.

The family invites you to share a memory or condolence message in the Book of Memories at the website www.waltonsfuneralhomes.com

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Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Oct. 26, 2011