Our beloved father, tata and friend, died on November 27, 2016. He was a devoted husband who shared over 60 years of marriage with his high school sweetheart, Olga Baca. He was a great athlete and “Caballero” from St Mary’s High School, whose life served as a source of inspiration for his friends and family that includes 6 children, 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Professionally, Richard was the recipient of many awards of merit for his leadership and outstanding achievements during his 39-year engineering career at Motorola Semiconductor. He retired as MOSV’s Equipment Engineering Manager in 1998. In addition, Richard was blessed with a tremendous faith in God and his devotion to daily prayer became a way of life! His spiritual journey continued with the Diocese of Phoenix where he supported the Hispanic community through his significant involvement in the Cursillo Movement for over 44 years. He was a shining star with a humble servant’s touch who became President of the Spanish Speaking Council. After years of service, Richard realized a lifelong dream and was ordained a Deacon for the Catholic Church in 2002. He would continue to respond with the heart of a Servant Leader of Christ at St. Anthony’s, Immaculate Heart of Mary and Queen of Peace Parishes. Our father received many awards and recognition throughout his life. One of his greatest accomplishments was donating over 10 gallons of his life-saving blood so that others could live. He was never one to shy away from adversity and always lived for adventure. He loved to hunt, fish and with our mother, was fortunate to travel the world. His passion for life and humble approach of always putting the needs of others ahead of his own, should remind us all as to what can be accomplished with love and forgiveness in your heart. De Colores! Visitation will be celebrated 6:00-9:00 P.M., Monday, December 5, 2016 with Funeral Mass at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, December 6, 2016, both will take place at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 30 W. 1st Street, Mesa, Arizona. Interment will take place at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.
Victor Ortiz & family
We are very sorry to hear the loss of your father, he was a great man. He will be missed at the St. Anthony’s community.
Terri Rascón Lima
Mr. Yanez, you’ll always be in my heart and with my family! Now, you’ll be up there with mom and dad! The Rascón’s….. Much Love to your family!!!!
Terri Rascón Lima y familia
We are deeply saddened to hear this amazing man has passed. Always made everyone who crossed his path feel special. To the family we hope you can stay strong through this very difficult time and know that we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
I am sorry for our loss, but his gain is in Christ Jesus, our Lord. May our Blessed Mother shower him with her roses.
Richard, thank you for teaching me to truly believe how much the Lord Loves me. I will never forget the beautiful person you always were to me, Tabitha , Anthony, and to both my mom and dad. My parents loved you and Olga with all their heart. Thank you for your commitment in all that you did. May God bless your soul…Love Marion Romero-Munoz.
My prayers are with the family; it is always difficult to have our loved ones leave us! I worked with Richard at MOS5 and his dedication to his job was apparent to all who knew him. I hope all of you have the same faith that he did as it will help you as it did him!!
Cindy Lee Drysdale
I will always remember Mr Yanez as a loving, devoted father and family man … as our neighbor he was always kind and generous … What a wonderful life and example he has set for all of us
With love and condolences,
Cindy Lee Drysdale
May flightsof angels sing him to his rest!
So very sorry for your loss!
Hugs and love!
Dear Yanez family,
Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. Mr Yanez inspired my dad to join the Cursillo movement and was / moved by his deep love for God and his family and friends.
May the Lord get you through this difficult time. We will keep your family in our prayers.
Jimmy Reyes and family
I miss you more than is humanly possible, my heart will never be the same without you. I love you Grampa…