Fred Raygazo Razo Tuesday, August 10, 1926 - Monday, May 1, 2017
Fred Raygoza Razo, 90, died Monday, May 1, 2017 following a long and fulfilling life along with a brief battle with Parkinson disease.
He leaves his wife of 23 years, Elisa Razo ; his favorite daughter Alice Razo Woodard, and son Fred Razo Jr.; and many close family members and friends.
Born and raised in Santa Maria, the son of Eberardo and Trinidad Razo, he was a lifelong resident of Santa Maria, with a brief time away in San Diego where his children were born and his time in the Army where he served at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
In his early years, Fred worked for his father's businesses driving truck, working at the Razo Market, and or cleaning up and setting up the bar in the Old Tiger Town section of Main Street. He would say that his favorite job ever in life was driving a truck as a youth on the roads in California picking up supplies all over the state and sleeping warm nights in the bed of the truck.
After serving in the Army he moved to San Diego Ca. where he met his first wife Amelia- they had two children Alice and Fred. He worked in the early years of the aerospace industry with Convair, and General Dynamics, they lived in San Diego for 10 years, before Fred returned to his hometown of Santa Maria. He transferred to Vandenberg Air Base and continued with General Dynamics, and Martin Marietta. He retired with Lockheed Martin at the age of 80. Fred would say that working out at the Base was his second favorite job. He took great pride in his work ethic, but truly relished his family and friends he made over the years. Fred met his second wife and true love Elisa- they married in 1994, they had a caring and fun filled life together traveling throughout Mexico visiting and staying with her family in different parts of Mexico.
Fred had a passion for his pet Chihuahua Princess, he enrolled her in numerous dog training classes with limited success, but he was most happy with her on his lap where they would take long naps together and enjoy watching television and reading the paper together.
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, BBQ in one hand, drink in the other, body thoroughly used up, and screaming "What A Ride!"
A Rosary Service will be held for Fred Razo our father and beloved husband on Monday May 8th at 6:00 pm at the Dudley Hoffman Mortuary and a Funeral Mass Service on Tuesday May 9th at 1:30 with a graveside service following at Saint Mary's Church.