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Salvador Richard Naranjo

1945 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Salvador Richard Naranjo Obituary
July 20, 1945 - January 4, 2017 Salvador Richard Naranjo, 71, of Culver City, died January 4 after a brief illness. As the supervisor of grounds and gardens at the Getty beginning in 1974 until his retirement in 2006, Richard oversaw the original development of the Roman gardens that J. Paul Getty envisioned in Malibu, under the direction of Denis Kurutz and Emmet Wemple, and their later enhancement with the team of Machado Silvetti architects. Richard also played a key role in the design and installation of the Getty Center landscape under the architect Richard Meier and landscape architect Laurie Olin, and was closely involved with Robert Irwin on every detail of his Central Garden. Born and raised in San Fernando, Richard did two tours of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter door gunner, and later worked for Moulder Brothers, leading to his appointment at the Getty. He was known and loved across the organization, from grounds laborers to Museum directors, and widely respected for his professional experience, judgment, and unassuming demeanor. After retirement, Richard ran an independent landscaping business with an extensive clientele across Los Angeles. Richard is survived by his son Richard and grandson Christian, brothers Porfirio and Danny, sisters Socorro, Rosemary, Patricia and Connie, and longtime friend Annemieke Halbrook. Viewing and Rosary will be on Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 5-9 pm at Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, January 13, 2017 at 9:30 am at St Ferdinand's Catholic Church in San Fernando, with burial to follow at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, and a reception in celebration of Richard's life at Casa Torres, 455 San Fernando Mission Blvd, San Fernando from 1-5 pm.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 11, 2017
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