Richard Tanori, 52, of Brawley passed away of a heart attack on June 30, 2021 . Richard was born on November 5, 1968 to Ernest and Ernestine Tanori and was the baby of the family. Work ethic was instilled since childhood by helping his parents with the first family owned businesses, The Alamario Store & Wilsons Corner in Brawley. He attended elementary school at Magnolia and Sacred Heart Schools and received the Presidents Citizenship award during his 8th grade graduation from Sacred Heart. He played baseball and football during his childhood and high school years. During high school, Richard was known for driving his Tans Toy Chevy Blazer all over town. He graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1986 and from UTI shortly after. The day after graduating from UTI, he jumped in a diesel truck and headed north to Madera, CA to haul grapes to the local wineries, making the same trip for years to come. Richard was a natural born trucker and spent over 30 years driving trucks for the family owned business, E&E Trucking in Brawley, hauling local sugar beets with Lloyd Allen and various farmers, as well as other commodities over his career until he became disabled. He loved all sports but was an avid follower of his favorite teams, LA Dodgers, LA Lakers and the Miami Dolphins. Never having children, Richard dedicated his time to his nieces and nephews, sharing his love and knowledge of sports with each of them and dubbing each one with a unique nickname. Richard will always be remembered by his famous nicknames such as El Maximo, Big Tan and Tano and his favorite sayings, Cmon! and You call, we haul! Richard loved his friends and family dearly and always gave them his best effort. Youre only as strong as your faith, hed always say. Keep truckin in heaven, Richard! Upon his death, Richard was reunited in heaven with his father, Ernest F. Tanori and brother, Ernest Tanori, Jr. He is survived by his his mother, Ernestine Titi Tanori of Brawley; brother, Daniel G. Tanori (Maria) of Brawley and Santos Verdugo (Dolores) of Brawley; sisters, Angie Tanori of Brawley, Norma T. Castro (Ernesto) of Brawley and Susie Loera (Jesus) of Chula Vista, CA; 12 nephews and 9 nieces. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 6 p.m. at Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley. Mass will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church on Friday, July 23, 2021 at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.
To plant trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store
Published by Imperial Valley Press Online on Jul. 21, 2021.