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Richard "Max" Maxwell


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Richard "Max" Maxwell
December 8, 1954 - December 23, 2016
30 Year Resident of Scotts Valley
Family and friends will gather on January 14th to say farewell to a beloved husband, father, brother, and friend, Richard Maxwell, who passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 23, 2016 of a heart attack. He was born December 8, 1954 in Redwood City to Bud and Maynell Maxwell. He grew up in Menlo Park and moved to Scotts Valley in 1986. On August 27, 1988, Richard married Charlene Bustichi, and resided in Scotts Valley until his passing.
From an early age, Richard loved anything that had wheels. He rode dirt bikes, drove trucks and operated heavy equipment. He was a huge NASCAR fan, attending races whenever possible. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Santa Cruz Lodge 545. He retired from Granite Construction in 2015. Those who knew him will remember him as having a bigger than life presence, loving his family, loyal friend, hard worker, and as his brother-in-law described Richard, a shell of iron with a heart of gold.
Richard is survived by Charlene Bustichi Maxwell, his best friend and love of his life, their son Michael Maxwell of Scotts Valley, daughter Rachael Maxwell and son Wade Maxwell, both of Santa Cruz. He is also survived by brothers Edward (Jan) Maxwell, Mark (Andrea) Maxwell, sisters Pam Maxwell and Megan (Larry) Peters, sister-in-law Karen Maxwell, brother-in-laws Eugene Bustichi and Dene Bustichi and several nieces and nephews. Richard also had a special bond with nieces Stella and Giuliana Peuse, whom affectionately called him "Candy Man". He was proceeded in death by his parents Bud and Maynell Maxwell and siblings Howard Maxwell and Deborah Maxwell.
A celebration of Richard's life will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 1:00 at the Santa Cruz Moose Lodge, 2470 El Rancho Drive, Scotts Valley.


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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Jan. 8, 2017
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