Ricardo Jacinto Ochoa
Ricardo Jacinto Ochoa
  • September 11, 1940 - August 6, 2017
  • Arizona

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Ricardo "Tank" Ochoa went home to be with his heavenly father on Sunday, August 6th, 2017, after a decade long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Ricardo passed away in his home surrounded by his loving wife and family.

Ricardo was born in Yuma, AZ on September 11th, 1940. He attended Yuma Union High School, where he earned varsity and recognition for football and wrestling. In 1959, his high school football team became state champions. Afterwards, Ricardo attended Imperial Valley College and became an All American in football. He earned his Associate's Degree in 1962.

During his military career in the U.S. Army, Ricardo was a cartographer and engineer. After retiring from service, Ricardo met the love of his life, Barbara Ochoa. They were married on November 11th, 1966 and celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2016.

For over twenty years, Ricardo was a distinguished member of the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), where he officiated/refereed high school football, wrestling, and basketball games.

Nonetheless, education became a calling for Ricardo. He earned his bachelor's degree in education at Northern Arizona University. For over 25 years, Ricardo was in service to our community whether it was in San Pasqual High School, Arizona Western College, Southwest Junior High School, or San Luis Middle School. As a teacher, Ricardo was a Teacher of the Year candidate who taught Social Studies, Government, Politics, ESL, and Career Exploration.

Ricardo was a devout Catholic and follower of Christ. He loved spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchild, watching football games, going to Arizona Diamondbacks baseball games, tending to his garden, and weaving dream catchers.

In 2009, the Arizona Interscholastic Association honored Ricardo's Yuma Union High School football team for winning the Arizona State championship game. The team's plaque and team picture can be found at the University of Phoenix Stadium, the home of the Arizona Cardinals. On October 13th, 2012, Ricardo was twice enshrined into the Yuma High Athletic Hall of Fame: one, as a football player/wrestler and two, for being a member of the 1959 Arizona State championship football team.

Ricardo is survived by his wife, Barbara Ochoa, his daughter, Sonya Green, his son, Christopher Ochoa, his grandchildren, Christina Ozuna, Aria Green, Andrew Green, and Tony Green, his great-grandchild, Alexandria Ozuna, his brothers, Mario Ochoa, Steve Ochoa, Larry Ochoa, and his sisters, Diane Ramos, Connie Jaramillo, and Arlene Estrada.

Ricardo was also preceded in death by his mother, Eva Noriega, his father, Anthony Ochoa Sr., his brother, Antonio Ochoa Jr., his sister, Nancy Munoz, and his son-in-law, Jeff Green.

His pallbearers will be Alex Ramos Jr., Joshua Ramos, Larry Ochoa Jr., Anthony Bermudez, Roger Chavous, Adolfo Ramos Jr., Victor Roman Jr., and Vincent Roman.

The Honorary pallbearers will include Andrew Green, Tony Green, Jack Dunham, Dominic Ochoa, Mario Ochoa, Larry Ochoa, Steve Ochoa, Willie Corea Sr., Willie Corea Jr., Greg Corea, Victor Roman Sr., Adolfo Ramos Sr., Lee Chavous, Manuel Bermudez, Patrick Estrada, Frank Estrada, Ray Velasquez, Wayne Evitch, George Evitch, and Mike Evitch.

The rosary will be conducted on Monday, August 14th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis Church. The mass will be at the St. Francis Church, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. After the mass, the burial will be at the Desert Lawn Memorial. The reception will be at the American Legion from 12:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the St. Francis Parish, the American Legion, or to the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center at the following website: http://www.bu.edu/cte/financial-support/