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February 10, 1967
December 8, 2012
Resident of Scotts Valley
Services will be on Saturday for Ricky Lucero who passed away unexpectedly on December 8, 2012 in Aptos. An avid cyclist, he was engaged in his favorite activity at the time of his death, while on a bicycle ride. Born in Santa Clara, California, he was 45 years old. Ricky graduated from Silver Creek High School, attended San Jose City College, and served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea. He returned from the service and later graduated from Chico State.
He was employed as a solutions specialist for Life Scan in Milpitas. Ricky was a talented college athlete; running track at Chico State, and later began a career in competitive cycling. Both placing and winning numerous road races, he earned his Category 3 license and rode for the CoreTech Cycling Team. Ricky was an active athlete since the age of seven.
His family will forever remember his love for trying to achieve his personal best, and encouraging others to the same. He helped coach both of his sons in their youth soccer league, and enjoyed the camaraderie of participating on a number of charity bike rides. He had a tremendous love for the outdoors, especially on outings with his family and his beloved dogs.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Michele Lucero and his sons, Cameron and Aidan all of Scotts Valley. Ricky also leaves his parents, Richard and Jennifer Lucero of San Juan Bautista, and his brother, Lance Lucero of San Jose, along with many loving cousins, nephews and his nieces.
Friends and family will gather on Saturday, December 15, at Benito and Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel to say farewell to Ricky. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Committal will be private. In lieu of flowers, a college trust fund has been established for his sons. A check can be mailed directly to Ameriprise (check memo Cameron Lucero), or you may mail your donation to the family. If you wish to light a candle for Ricky and share your story of him and how he was a part of your life, please visit www.pacificgardenschapel.com. His family will be ever so grateful for the memories you will be leaving for them.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Dec. 12, 2012