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Martinez, Anatalia* - Yuma  
Anatalia Martinez, 93, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015 in Yuma, AZ. She was born August 27, 1921 in Yuma, AZ to Tomas and Dolores Arriola. Anatalia is survived by her daughters, Sylvia Quintero (Alex) or Imperial Beach, CA, Rosie Montoya (Tomas) of Yuma, and Frances Marron (Daniel) of Yuma; sons, Tom Martinez (Nancy) of Imperial Beach, CA, Charles Martinez (Rachel) of Yuma, and Frank Felix (Berda Bouts) of Yuma; 22 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Anatalia was preceded in death by her husband, Gabriel Martinez; daughter, Priscilla Rico; son-in-law, Valente Rico; grandsons, Valente Rico Jr., Alex Quintero Jr., and Michael Montoya; great-great grandson, Julian Martinez; brother, Thomas Arriola; sister, Hortense Lopez; parents, Tomas and Dolores Arriola. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2015 with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Johnson Mortuary Chapel, 1415 S. 1st Avenue, Yuma. Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Church, 505 S. Avenue B, Yuma with the burial to follow at Desert Lawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers: Ramon Quintero, Tomas Montoya, Gabriel Martinez, Charlie Martinez, Daniel Marron Jr., and Chris Felix. Please sign the guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/yumasun/
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Published in The Yuma Sun from Apr. 16 to Apr. 17, 2015
Martinez, Anatalia - Yuma  
Anatalia Martinez, 93, of Yuma died April 12, 2015, at Life Care Center of Yuma. A homemaker, she was born Aug. 21, 1921, in Yuma. Services are pending at Johnson Mortuary.
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Published in The Yuma Sun on Apr. 15, 2015
Richards, Eugene Jefferson* - Yuma  
Eugene Jefferson Richards passed away peacefully after a brief illness at Yuma Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Mr. Richards, a resident of Yuma since 1957, was born on January 24, 1930, at home, in Owingsville, Kentucky, the second child of Madge Atchison Richards, and John Adair Richards. Mr. Richards was educated in the public schools of Owingsville Kentucky. Since his mother put him in first grade at 4 years old, he graduated high school at 16 and went to Pre-Med at Morehead State University. He switched to Northern Ohio University, still Pre-Med, but decided at 18 that he wished to practice law with his father, who was a prominent trial lawyer and a person involved in the Democratic party in Kentucky. He transferred to Pre-Law at University of Kentucky, was admitted to Law School, and graduated as a practicing attorney, passing the Bar on the first try at the age of 21. Therefore, he was a practicing attorney for 63 years, and at the time of his death, held the oldest legal license number in the State of Arizona. Mr. Richards joined the US Air Force as a JAG legal officer during the Korean conflict. His father developed active tuberculosis, and Mr. Richards requested a transfer to Arizona to help his father with his lung condition. Mr. Richards attempted unsuccessfully to get his father admitted to the Bar in Arizona so that he could fulfill his dream of them practicing law together, but his father was too ill, and returned to Kentucky. Mr. Richards met Janice Barbara Chute, a Boston trained registered nurse working at Good Samaritan Hospital, in Phoenix, in the summer of 1954. They married in October, 1954 and he was immediately sent to Korea where he remained during the rest of the Korean conflict, representing soldiers during court martial proceedings and investigating crimes. Their daughter Charlotte was born the next summer, and Mr. Richards did not see her until she was 9 months old. When he returned to Arizona, the family was transferred to Yuma Air Force Base. Mr. Richards loved the Yuma área and decided to stay after he was honorably discharged from the military. The family at first tried Parker Arizona, with Janice working at the Indian Hospital there, but they returned to Yuma. Paul Richards, their son, was born in 1956. Mr. Richards worked as an assistant County Attorney under Bill Helm in Yuma, and decided in 1959 to run for County Attorney. In that role, which he held for 4 years, he investigated many crimes with his friend Sheriff Lee Echols. Lee Echols was defeated for Sheriff subsequently, and Mr. Richards continued his work with Sheriff Bud Yancey. At the time, Yuma County included Yuma and La Paz County. The Richards tenure of County Attorney was so successful that Mr. Richards was featured in crime magazines. As a result of his JAG experience and his achievements as a crime investigator, he was an early inductee into the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), a group composed of former CIA agents and crime fighters. He immensely enjoyed going to the national meetings, and hobnobing with famous spies and ex military heros. Barbara Richards, his youngest child, was born in 1960 shortly after Mr. Richards became County Attorney. Following his tenure as County Attorney, citing his unwillingness to continue traveling all over Arizona investigating crimes, Mr. Richards resolved to stay in Yuma and open up his own law practice. He was alone for several years, and then brought several attorneys to Yuma, including Harlan Heilman, a fellow Kentuckian from Tucson, and Brian Smith. Attornies Mike Smith, Alan Bowman and Glen Gimbut are also former associates. Attorney Carol Bowman is a long time friend and associate. Mr. Richards' practice was general, leaning more toward criminal work until he brought Brian Smith to Yuma and embarked on the emerging field of personal injury, which suited his personality, background in biology and the investigative skills he learned in the military and from his days as County Attorney. During the farmworkers crisis in the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Richards leant his office out, as did many local people in Yuma and other farm áreas of the US, to the United Farm Workers. Mr. Richards continued his law practice with several partners since the early 1960s, and the practice is still open today. The firm has been renamed Richards and Minore, with his new partner John Minore remaining at the firm to care for clients, along with the original staff who have been with the Richards law firm for many years. Jim Carroll, a retired attorney from Paradise Valley, Arizona has been with the firm for many years and continues to work as a paralegal in the office. Some notable things about Mr. Richards legal career were that he reconized heart attacks on the job and carpel tunnel injuries as legitimate work related injuries, and through his efforts, they were recognized and compensated through Workers Compensation. He had geniune compassion and interest in the lives of his clients, a fact that was immediately apparent upon meeting him. He was a fixture at the Court House, and memorized the birthday party schedule so that he could eat cake during lunch every day, much to the chagrín of his wife, Janice. Jeff Richards was an exceptional man. He had a passion for living, and was a true extrovert. He read voraciously, including the Wall Street Journal from cover to cover until well into his 80s. He was an insomniac who couldn't sleep at night without his beloved Blue Grass music playing on the satellite radio. Most people conceded that he was the funnest person ever to go on a vacation. He fulfilled a lifetime wish to go to Ireland in September, 2010 specifically to hear real Irish music in a real Irish Pub. He always saw the glass as half full. He saw the potential in every person he met. He encouraged hundreds of people in their endeavors, helping them into various professions, shielding them from adversity, and paving the way for them. He was indignant when someone he loved was slighted, hated bullies, and could be counted on to be fiercely protective of his family members and clients. He often proudly stated that he was told by several younger female attornies that he was their favorite male attorney because he looked them right in the face and spoke to them as colleagues. He was proud of his wife Janice's profession of nursing and highly supportive of her career. Mr. Richards helped his extended family in Kentucky with legal and personal issues, and as such became one of the patriarchs of the extended Richards Clan of Bath County Kentucky. He could talk to anyone. Although he was brilliant and complex, he was not a snob. He could size people up in 2 minutes, and often astounded those around him by his insightfulness in predicting events. He predicted the stock market crash in the early 2000s, telling people "it feels like it did when I was a kid during the depression." He was a trusted advisor and guardian to many people in their dire hour of need, and will take many secrets to his grave. He would often laughingly say that he rehearsed the outcomes of cases, and human relationships as one would play a chess game. His children recall spending early Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and New Years mornings sitting in the car as he bailed clients out of jail so that they could be with their families. Mr. Richards loved animals, especially dogs. While he took many animals over the years as barter for his services, he met the love of his life, Amy, a Black Labrador Retriever in the 1990s. He was heart broken when Amy passed. He had already purchased Counselor a distant relative of Amy. He purchased another dog as a gift to a niece, and now has Missy, the daughter of Counselor as a result of his back yard breeding effort. He took special pride in giving Counselor's offspring to family and friends. He often said that if someone didn't like dogs, he couldn't trust them. He was major contributor to the Yuma Bark Park. Mr. Richards had eclectic interests. Well into middle age he was an avid outdoorsman. He was a pilot who flew his own airplane. When he was 50 years ago, he navigated a 42 foot sailboat to Hawaii with family and friends. Later in life, he and Janice enjoyed their RV, which they parked at Hidden Shores at Imperial Dam in the Winter and Chula Vista in the Summer. He also spent several months a year with his family in Kentucky, enjoying his Eastern Kentucky roots. He inspired several people in the family into the legal profession with his infectious love of the law. Mr. Richards always insisted that his children call him Daddy because he wanted them to feel close to him, and he will be sorely and deeply missed by his family because he was the best Daddy ever. Survivors include Janice Richards, his wife of 60 years, daughter Charlotte Richards, MD, of Yuma, Arizona, Paul Richards, of San Diego, California, and Barbara Richards, R.N. of Yuma,Arizona. Grandchildren are Thomas Jefferson Hall (wife Kristen Egeberg Hall), John Adair Hall (wife Ashley Sheperd Hall), Jacqueline Meredith Kustan, Kelle Anne Richards, Alison Barbara Richards Ross, Jefferson Franklin Richards, and Mitchell Whiting. Great Grandchildren are Kalista Hall and Juliet Hall. His Sisters are Betty Rawlings, and Cookie Hicks, both of Owingsville Kentucky. His brothers are Morgan Richards (wife Karen) and Lawrence Richards (wife Angie ) of Owingsville Kentucky and there are many nieces and nephews there as well . He was preceded in death by his brother, John Adair Richards, II (wife Joan still survives), Mother Madge Richards and Father John Adair Richards. Funeral services will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 2555 South Engler Avenue, Yuma, at 11 am on 4/18/15 , followed by a reception at the Activity Center next to the Church. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to any of the following: Yuma County Humane Society, 4050 S. Avenue 4 ½ E, Yuma, Arizona 85364; Wounded Warrior Project, 4150 North Drinkwater Boulevard, Suite 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85251; Crossroads Mission, 944 S. Arizona Avenue, Yuma, Arizona 85364; Yuma Food Bank, 2404 E. 24th Street, Yuma, Arizona, 85364. Please sign the guestbook at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/yumasun/
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Published in The Yuma Sun on Apr. 17, 2015
Richards, Jeff - Yuma  
Jeff Richards, 85, of Yuma died April 15, 2015, at Yuma Regional Medical Center. An attorney and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he was born Jan. 24, 1930, in Owingsville, Ky. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church, with entombment at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Desert Lawn Memorial Park. Yuma Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Yuma Sun on Apr. 17, 2015
Tizcareno, Joaquin Adolfo - San Luis  
Joaquin Adolfo Tizcareno, 25, of San Luis, Ariz., died April 11, 2015, at his home. He was born Nov. 14, 1989, in San Luis Rio Colorado, Son. Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Desert Valley Mortuary Chapel, with funeral service at 7 with Pastora Helia Martinez officiating. Burial will be Friday at Sunset Vista Cemetery. Desert Valley Mortuary is handling arrangements.
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Published in The Yuma Sun on Apr. 14, 2015
Todd, Betty* - Yuma  
Betty Todd passed away peacefully at home in her favorite chair on Monday, April 6, 2015 in Yuma, AZ. She was 87. Betty was born January 25, 1928 in Twin Falls, Idaho to Clifford and Juanita Stroud. A child of the depression, she grew up with very few material comforts but enjoyed a happy childhood thanks to the love and support of her mother. It was during these early years that she developed a strong sense of self worth and love of family that lasted her lifetime. During WWII the family moved to Portland, OR where her parents went to work in the shipyards on Liberty Ships. Betty, the eldest, and her sister Ruth were charged with caring for their three younger sisters. In this way, she developed homemaking skills including a love of cooking that never went away. Cooking, gardening and reading were her favorite things to do throughout her life. In September of 1946, Betty met James Todd, recently returned from the war, while they studied at Southern Idaho College of Education. Betty and Jim were married three months later. They spent their careers as educators working in the public schools of Idaho, Oregon, and Nevada. Upon retiring they spent several years traveling in Europe and the U.S. before choosing Yuma as their permanent home in 1992. Betty is survived by sisters, Ruth Eastman, Carol Stricklan, and Laura McNew; children, David Todd and Anne Lively; grandchildren, Nicole Thompson, James Lively, and Lauren Todd Martin; great grandchild, Henrik James Martin. No local services will be held. There will be a celebration of life in St. Maries, Idaho this summer where Betty's ashes will be interred alongside her youngest daughter, Judy and husband, James. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Christ Lutheran Church, 2555 S. Engler Ave.,Yuma, AZ 85365 will be appreciated. Please sign the guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/yumasun/
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Published in The Yuma Sun on Apr. 15, 2015
Valdez, Ernesto G.* - Yuma  
Ernesto G. Valdez, 74, passed away Friday, April 10, 2015 in Yuma, AZ. He passed peacefully at home surrounded by family after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born October 15, 1940 in Arivechi, Sonora, Mexico. Ernesto was an agricultural worker for over 20 years and retired from a local date ranch after 18 years. He loved to dance with his wife and dress up in his cowboy boots and hat (which is how most people remember him). He also loved baseball and AZ Diamondbacks were his favorite team. In his younger years, he played as a catcher on a San Luis R.C. Sonora baseball league along with his brothers. Once retired, his life revolved around his wife, 3 kids and 3 grandkids who he loved immensely; they meant the world to him. Ernesto is survived by his spouse, Elvia; eldest son, Ernesto Jr., middle son, Mauricio; youngest and only daughter, Lizhanka (Christopher); grandchildren, Isaias, Alonzo Ismael, and Gabriel; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters. Memorial service will be at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1661 S. Avenue D, Yuma, AZ. Yuma Mortuary in charge of private cremation. Please sign the guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/yumasun/
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Published in The Yuma Sun on Apr. 16, 2015
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