Rafael Garcia Gutierrez
1971 - 2013
Funeraria Garcia Mortuary - Oxnard
629 South A Street
Oxnard, CA
Rafael Garcia Gutierrez, age 41, of Oxnard, Calif., passed away February 20, 2013. Rafael was born on December 14, 1971, in La Yerbabuena, Michoacan, Mexico, to the union of Igancio Gutierrez and Amelia Garcia Gutierrez. He was a resident of Ventura County for over 32 years.

Very rarely in life do you come across someone with the natural ability to touch everyone they encountered; our beloved Rafael Gutierrez was that person. He grew up amongst five brothers and sisters in the humble pueblo of La Yerbabuena, Michoacan, Mexico. Following the promise of a better life, his family immigrated to another small town; Southern California's Santa Paula. This new home would serve as the backdrop to his adolescent years. In which he dabbled in athletics and cemented bonds and memories that would last a lifetime, but most importantly, it was in these times when he met, and subsequently fell in love with the incomparable, Ruby Soltero. After a couple years of adventures, tests and trials, they decided the fire of their love was too great to extinguish; they were engaged to be married.

Before he was old enough to drink his first beer (although many can attest that never stopped him) the pair was blessed with their first child who would adopt not only Rafa's name, but his likeness as well. Four children followed; along with Rafael Jr, Byanka, Erik, Jennifer, and little Miranda all shared the pleasure of having a father that put them first no matter the circumstance. The following two decades he experienced his true life unfold and witnessed his family getting bigger with admiration and astonishment. One by one, new people came into his life whether by marriage, by birth, or by chance, and like the sun that shines above us, he did not hesitate to share the warmth that was his love. With the sense of humor of a comedian, the wisdom of a philosopher, and the freedom of a stallion, this was a man who truly loved life and it loved him back.

The last few years of his life he stumbled onto a love that was second only to that of his family's and thus, one of the great Mexican bands of our time was born. 'La Incontenible Banda El Patron'; later to be renamed 'La Incontenible Banda El Patron de Rafael Gutierrez' in his honor. Aside from being the founder and promoter he also worked tirelessly teaching himself to play the trumpet, a humble but essential part of the band's sound. The group performed in countless venues and cities throughout and beyond the 805 area; however, no matter where they went, it was el primo Rafa (as he was affectionately called) who wore the biggest smile and laughed the heartiest.

He was a great man, a gem, a source of light in this world where there is an abundance of darkness. During the summer of 2011, his first grandchild came into this world, his second is due to be born in the summer of 2013. Unfortunately our dear friend will never get to hold his first daughter's child, for his life was tragically cut short after a terrible vehicle collision; he was only 41 years old. But rejoice, for his memory remains etched in the hearts of those he left behind: children, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends; his image is forever tattooed on our souls. For the youngest among us, his teachings will never cease to guide us; his love will accompany us through all endeavors of life, today, tomorrow, and every day after. Thank you so much for everything, we miss you, and we love you. "ARRIBA EL COMPA RAFA, CASI NADIE PARIENTE!"

Rafael is survived by his loving wife, Ruby S. Gutierrez; children: Rafael A. Gutierrez, Byanka G. Gutierrez, Erik E. Gutierrez, Jennifer M. Gutierrez and Miranda M. Gutierrez; one grandchild; parents, Ignacio and Amelia Gutierrez; siblings: Lorena Gutierrez, Ignacio Gutierrez, Oscar Gutierrez and Gerardo Gutierrez; paternal grandfather, Pedro Gutierrez; and maternal grandparents, Jesus and Tranquelina Garcia.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. at the Garcia Mortuary Chapel in Oxnard. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Oxnard. Interment to follow at Santa Clara Cemetery in Oxnard.

For map and directions to ceremony location, and to sign the family's online guest book, share stories, post pictures please visit www.garciamortuaryoxnard.com and click on Rafael's name located below "Obituaries".

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the family owned and operated Garcia Mortuary 629 South "A" Street. Oxnard, Calif. For further information please call 486-9148.

Published by Ventura County Star from Feb. 26 to Mar. 1, 2013.
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To one of the greatest man I had the pleasure of meeting an joining to our family tree you will be missed compadre but never forgotten <3...
katherine Diaz
March 16, 2013
I Just found out about Raf's passing. His son Erik and my son played baseball together in addition to the mischief they would get into at the fields. I recall Raf telling me it was a good thing that we didn't live closer together else our kids would probably burn down the neighborhood!

Rest in peace my friend...
Greg King
March 13, 2013
Que Dios te tenga en su santa Gloria Rafa. Descansa en Paz.
Te queremos.
March 8, 2013
Our prayers go to the Ruby and her family. May he rest in peace
Ac & Araceli Hernandez
March 2, 2013
Ricardo& Valerie Vasquez
March 1, 2013
March 1, 2013
Amigo te nos fuiste al paraiso y espero que desde ese lindo lugar ayudes a tu familia y a los que te queremos aceptar que ya no estas fisicamente entre nosotros. Te quiero mucho compadre y amigo. Que daria por vivir un solo dia entre tu agradable compania. Recordando como nos divertiamos en nuestra juventud entre unos muy buenos amigos. Hasta pronto!
Elsa Arballo
March 1, 2013
My heart and prayers go out to ralfas family . I have the strawberry stand around the corner from there home . And Eric would play countless hours of catch in the parking lot and his father or mother would pop in and check on him and bring him lunch . I remember Eric ran in the stand in his dodger blues to get his glove cause ralfa was taking his sons to a dodger game . Ralfa world was his family I often seen him pass by the stand in the mustang dropping off or taking one of his kids to school or from town . Ralfa you have a wonderful family and will be truly mist by them . But your memories they have with you will always remain in there heart as well as where you remain in there hearts forever . May god bless you and your family ... Mary strawberry ... From berry best farms
Maryellen Maryinez
February 28, 2013
February 28, 2013
Nuetro mas sentido pesame para toda la familia Gutierrez. Rafa, se te extranara tu risa y amabilidad que le davas a todas las personas que te conocieron. Te pido que le des muchos abrazos a mi hijo Noah y me lo cuides mientras que nos vuelvamos a ver.
Rene y Sandy Garcia
February 28, 2013
My sincere condolences to Jerry and Ignacio and the rest of the Gutierrez family. I am sorry for your loss.
Henry Velasquez
February 28, 2013
Ke descanse en paz el amigo rafa
chava c
February 28, 2013
Mi más sentido pésame a la familia de mi amigo Rafa que fue una gran persona en el poco tiempo que lo conocí y lo traté se me hacia que lo conocía desde siempre por su forma de ser y de tratar a las personas ay que salir adelante y sacar la familia adelante a mi me paso lo mismo yo tenía quince años la misma historia en un accidente también murió mi padre y le doy gracias a dios me dio fuerzas y salimos adelante toda la familia y tenemos un bonito recuerdo de mi padre así también ustedes ay que salir adelante y luchar por un buen futuro eso siempre quieren nuestros seres queridos y eso hubiera querido nuestro Compa Rafa saludos y mi sentido pésame Asus órdenes aquí estamos
El DJ costeño Hernán Gutiérrez
February 28, 2013
Jerry We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are here for you and for anything you need
Coronado Family
February 27, 2013
Nuestro mas sentido pesame a Ruby y sus hijos y la familia Gutierrez. Rafa dales fuerza a tu familia para que sigan adelante.Descanses en paz Rafa!
Arturo y Rosalba Vazquez
February 27, 2013
Que Descanse En Paz Rafael Garcia Gutierrez!
You Will Be Missed By Many!
February 27, 2013
Wassup dude how you doing ?
I know your in Paradise I miss you bro I'll see you soon !
Miguel Barajas
February 27, 2013
Nuestros mas sentido pesame para toda la familia Garcia Gutierrez. Descanza en paz Rafa y que Dios te tenga en su Santa Gloria.

La Familia Garcia
February 27, 2013
Rest in peace Rafa, you will be loved and missed by so many people<3.
Roberta Truitt
February 27, 2013
Rafa the days we hung out ill never forget always with a smile your great personality brighten every room you step into you will always be a chingon to all of us who had the honor of meeting you safe trip carnal look down on your family give strength rip rafa Tu amigo paco
Paco Hernandez
February 26, 2013
I will always remember you with a smile on your face, your great sense of humor and your infinite happiness. Tio you have touched many peoples lives more than you probably can imagine.I want to thank you for all the moments you shared with us, there was not a time when we would see each other and not make us laugh. I will always admire you for what a great tio you were. LOVE YOU TIO RAFA. May you rest in peace.
Chelly & Manuel Cerna
February 26, 2013
Only god knows why you had to go.. We feel lost without you Our compa, you were like my brother and Gilbert's best friend. We will miss you so deeply Rafa. We love you and will alway, always keep you in our heart's.... Rest in peace Rafa...
Pearl Soltero Guevara
February 26, 2013
Our prayers go to the family...
Moises Ramirez
February 26, 2013
Nuestro mas sentido pesame para la Familia Gutierrez. Q Dios les de la fortaleza para salir adelante en esta pena tan grande. Solo los recuerdos nos quedan y es la manera de mantener el vivo recuerdo de Rafa. Alos hijos mantengan el recuerdo de el vivo y siempre estara con ustedes. Estamos con ustedes. Q.D.E.P Rafa Gutierrez....
La Familia Gamez
February 26, 2013
Our prayers and condolences go out to the Gutierrez family. My son use to play baseball with Erik and is a friend of Jenny's. Both my son and I were very saddened to hear of the tragic passing of your loved one. There are no words to clearly describe how sorry we are. My heart goes out to your family and I pray that God gives you all the strength you need to get through each day. May God always be with your family and may your loved one Rafael rest in peace. God bless!
Susan and Jose Machado
February 26, 2013
I remember one year for Omars birthday he told me his Tio Rafa was throwing them both a big party! Because they have the same birthday! Even though Omar didn't remember, Rafa told him that when Omar was little he promised him that one day when he had a lot of money he was gonna throw them a huge party with a banda and everything! Well he kept his promise. And Omar says its one of the happiest days of his life! And the best memory he has of his Tio Rafa!
Naty Perez
February 26, 2013
Te fuiste demasiado pronto y no compartimos lo suficiente, se que en diferentes formas se te extrañara mucho y solo pedimos porque desde alla con Dios sigas alegrando la vida misma aca abajo, porque se que la alegria era tu lema.
.....hasta siempre.....
Saul Cortes
February 26, 2013
Mike ( Tintman ) Perez
February 26, 2013
I didnt get to meet him but I know he meant the world to many people. Enjoy heaven with your beloved ones. You will be missed dearly.
Maribel Villasenor
February 26, 2013
Susie Perez
February 26, 2013
Rafa te bamos a estranar mucho y que enpaz descanse nuestro amigo Rafa
Mario Maldonado
February 26, 2013
Rafa my good old friend since Elementary, u were always such a happy camper, u will never be forgotten, u r now reunited to our friend Carlos Elisarraraz, i hope u guys are having lots of fun and keeping on eye on us from up above Love You mu Dear friend.
Ibana Valencia
February 26, 2013
Jerry, we are so sorry for the loss of your beloved brother. Que Dios bendiga a usted y su familia hermosa, nuestros pensamientos y oraciones están con usted y su familia. Our sincerest condolences..
Lenore y George Macias
February 26, 2013
sentimos mucho esta gran perdida, pero entendemos que a dios le hacia falta una persona tan alegre como tu para que le toque y lo llene de tanta alegria como la que nos dabas a todos los que te conocimos, sabemos que desde el cielo estaras cuidando de tu familia y quenunca los dejaras solos aunque ellos no te puedan ver ni tocar tu siempre estaras ahi.

Edui & Ileana Cervantes
February 26, 2013
Letting the light into life at a time like this is alomost seems impossible but GOD will give the family the strenght.
Rafa look over your children from up above.
February 26, 2013
your smile your way of making anyone and everyone laugh will forever be missed tio , now its time to make nina,tia genia ,jr ,my grandpa & all our love ones laugh . We love you <3 till we meet again
February 26, 2013
Rafa te vamos a extranar pero ya estas en un lugar mejor y desde el cielo cuida mucho a tu familia y de paso a nosotros!! Se te kiere Rafa :(
Diana Rodriguez
February 26, 2013
Querido Rafa,Dios se quiso llevar a un Angel muy especial y por eso te llamo a su lado. Descansa en Paz. Familia Hurtado,
Gloria Hurtado Prado
February 26, 2013
Siempre viviras en Los Corazones d Quien te Quiere y a pesar d q Dejas un inmenso vacio en todas esas personas te querran y t llevaran en Mente y Corazon!!! Solo m queda pedirte q desde ese Hermoso lugar en el q estas cuides y bendigas a Ruby y a toda tu Familia!!! Descanse en Paz Rafael Gutierrez!
Martha Rocha
February 26, 2013
Rafa dale un poco de fuerza a tu toda tu familia y seres queridos. Pero mas a tu Linda esposa Ruby y a tu mama! Que el señor te tenga en su Gloria descansa en paz! Te recordare como todos con esa sonrisa y alegria que siempre traias en tu exprecion!
Alma Valdovinos Amezcua
February 26, 2013
Our prayers are with you Rafa & your family . D.E.P
February 26, 2013
Dios te tenga en su Gloria, gozando de una inmensa Tranquilidad., y desde ese Bello lugar Cuida y Bendice a toda tu Familia!!!!
Martha Rocha
February 26, 2013
I love you Tio. You really were the best; I'm gonna miss you so much. I'll take you with me wherever I go, and make you proud.
Your godson.
February 26, 2013
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