12-10-1950 - 12-18-2020
Richard "Rich" Nicholas Mainenti, Jr.
Rich Mainenti passed away peacefully on Friday, December 18, 2020, surrounded by his family, after an extended battle with metastatic melanoma. He had just celebrated his 70th birthday.
Rich was born in Miami, Florida on December 10, 1950 to Richard Nicholas Mainenti Sr. and Sylvia Jean Mainenti. A few years later, the family moved to California, where Rich lived most of his young life, first in San Lorenzo then in Danville.
As a teenager, Rich developed a strong connection with the Martial Arts. He became a Black Belt in the Gaylord Method of Kajukenbo at age 18. In 1975, he was ranked as the 8th best fighter by Karate Illustrated Magazine. Later in life, Rich became a Grandmaster in Kajukenbo and was promoted to 10th degree Black Belt.
Rich attended college at the University of Oregon and graduated as a Business Major. While in college, he also started teaching the Kajukenbo style of Martial Arts. During his college years he met Cheryl Chase and they got married after graduation. They shared the same passion for the Martial Arts, participated in many tournaments, and were state and national champions. They opened a Martial Arts school. They had three children: Nick, Dana, and Gina.
Rich began to learn the Sheet Metal Business through his father-in-law Grant Chase. He went on to graduate from the Sheet Metal Trade School in Oregon, and worked at Chase Company in Eugene, OR for a time. In the mid 1980's the young family relocated to San Ramon, California as Rich started working as an Estimator and Project Manager at Lynford Commercial Heating and Air Conditioning Company in Oakland. Later on, he moved to the California Wine Country and joined Peterson Mechanical Inc. in the town of Sonoma, where he was the Chief Estimator and General Project Manager until his retirement. While working there, Rich bid and managed numerous large commercial jobs, including several famous wineries in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, North Bay Kaiser hospitals, Safeway stores, famous hotels in the Wine Country, Marin County Jail, Shopping Centers, and The Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.
In 1991 Rich met Luiza Barroso, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil who came to California for additional medical training as a Pediatric Ophthalmologist at UCSF. They got married in 1993, lived and worked in the Sonoma Valley through their retirement. Before and during their retirement, they enjoyed traveling locally and abroad, including several trips to Luiza's native country of Brazil.
Rich was also a gifted piano player, and enjoyed "jamming" with his friends in his spare time. They formed a band named "Double Take". From the mid 1990's through the early 2000's, they played many venues at wineries and local events in the California Wine Country. Rich's other passions were flying as a licensed pilot with his father (who was an airline pilot and taught him how to fly), flying remote control small airplanes and drones, and artistic drawing and painting.
After retirement, Rich and Luiza relocated to Redding, CA to be closer to Rich's mother and sister. Rich and Luiza joined Saint James Lutheran Church in Redding, where Rich was a very active member, playing piano and keyboard with the Church's Praise Band.
Rich loved spending time with his family, playing American Jazz and Brazilian Bossa Nova on his grand piano. He was known for his warmth, compassion, kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness. He had an amazing sense of humor and was always "the life of the party" with his tactful jokes and sayings. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and will be forever missed.
Rich is survived by his wife Luiza Mainenti, his children Nicholas Grant Mainenti (Mikki), Dana Lauren Mainenti (Mary), Gina Marie Dusenbury (Ezra), his sister Mary Ann Duncan (Ed), and 5 grandchildren.
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A Memorial Service will be planned at a later date in Redding, CA.
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