Rafael "Rafa" Gutierrez
1959 - 2017
Alta Vista Mortuary
41 East Alisal Street
Salinas, CA
Rafael "Rafa" Gutierrez
Dec. 7, 1959 - Oct. 20, 2017
Loving soulmate, father, brother, cousin, tio, and friend,
Rafael "Rafa" Gutierrez, 58, passed peacefully on Friday, October 20, 2017 surrounded by those he loved and spent a lifetime of unforgettable treasured moments and laughter with.
Born on December 7, 1959 in Mexicali, Mexico to his mother Maria Cristina Fuentes and father Rafael Gutierrez. Rafael spent most of his childhood in the city of Pacific Grove where he was raised by his tio and tia Sebastian and Hermelinda Reynoso. Those that had the privilege of getting to know Rafa knew him as the most optimistic person and always the life of the party. His young and vibrant spirit will never be forgotten.
Survivors include his soulmate Catherine Gutierrez Fuentes, Son Jonathan Gutierrez, Daughter Jeanette Gutierrez-Eriksson, and brothers Carlos Gutierrez Fuentes, Martin Alberto Gutiérrez Fuentes, and Javier Reynoso, and sister Victoria Gutierrez Fuentes. As well as a loving family and too many friends to list.
Rosary will be held 7:00pm to 9:00pm Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Alta Vista Mortuary, 41 East Alisal Street, Salinas, CA 93901
Funeral Mass will be held 10:00am Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Sacred Heart Church, 22 Stone Street, Salinas, CA 93901
Inurnment will be held 12:00pm Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 18200 Damian Way, Salinas, CA 93907
In lieu of flowers please share photos and memories on this online condolence site.
Online condolences: www.altavistamortuary.com

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Alta Vista Mortuary
41 East Alisal Street, Salinas, CA
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Sacred Heart Church
22 Stone Street, Salinas, CA
Queen of Heaven Cemetery
18200 Damian Way, Salinas, CA
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Mis mas cinsero pesama es tarde pero hoy me acavo de enterar fue un amigo,conpañero,una persona con un vuen corazon descansa en paz
Francisco Santoyo
January 31, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family and friends during this difficult time. There are no words that can describe the pain of losing someone so beloved. May you find comfort and peace in knowing that your loved one is in God's memory because those who pass on "are precious in his eyes." Psalms 116:15; 1 John 4:9
November 9, 2017
Soy afortunado de haberlo conocido y compartir tantos buenos momentos juntos. siempre lo recordare con mucho carino por esa alegria que compartia y contagiaba tan facilmente. se le va a extanar mucho.
Alfonso Venegas
November 1, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Death is something for which we can never be completely prepared for. May you find comfort in knowing that your dear one is safe in the memory of God because they are precious in his eyes. May the God of peace give you comfort in your time of grief - Psalm 94:18, 19
October 28, 2017
"My Deepest Condolences"

I grew up with Reynoso/Gutierrez family on Carmel Ave, In Pacific Grove.
As children we played football, ran races and we also celebrated Christmas and New Years Eve.
Rafael you will be truly missed. 5 years ago was the last time we have spoken, you were a man of wisdom when a old friend needed it.

God Bless your family.
Shantel Magsalay
October 25, 2017
Our sincere condolences to all of Rafa's family and friends. Vaya con Dios
Castro Family
October 25, 2017
I am almost at a loss for words. Rafael was a good friend whose smile was infectious. He was fun to be with and always made me laugh!

A few years ago, I saw Rafael in Salinas near the Steinbeck Theater. We shared laughs and memories. It was almost like time had never past between us. We relived and laughed about the old days, our future adventures, and loved every minute of it. It brought back great memories and the good ole days.

Rafael, Javier, Jessie, Efrain, Eddie, Mike, and I were always together. The local PG boys who lived near each other. I was fortunate to be included as part of this family clan. These guys were someone who cared for you and you cared for them.

My family and I will miss Rafael and will pray for the comfort to the Gutierrez and Reynoso families.

I am unavailable to attend services but sincerely express my condolences. My family and I are praying for peace during this difficult time.

God Bless.
Dan Faro
October 24, 2017
Our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Alta Vista Mortuary
October 25, 2017
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