Ricardo Vecino Perez

Sep 13, 1968 - Jan 13, 2021

St Marys

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Ricardo Vecino Perez of South Sacramento, California passed away on January 13, 2021 from complications of COVID-19.

Rick was born in Auburn, California on September 13, 1968 to Edith Perez Leyva and adopted by Manuel Leyva II. The oldest of Edith and Manuel’s five children, he grew up in Sacramento, California.

In 1982, Rick began to work for his Tio Luis Leyva at the age of 14 as a busboy at Luis’ Mexican Restaurant. He attended Luther Burbank High School that same year, which is where he met the love of his life, Marie, in 1984. Rick graduated from Burbank in 1986 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona to pursue higher education with Universal Technical Institute, graduating in 1988.

Rick returned to Sacramento to begin his career as a diesel mechanic. He had a passion for cars and even enjoyed doing automotive work as a side hobby.

In 2006, he began his career in the SMUD garage, eventually working his way to the tool room where he was fortunate to network with colleagues from all over the company. He used to say, “If you love what you do then you’ll never have to work a day in your life” and, “Work smarter- not harder!” Words he truly lived by.

Rick’s greatest pride of all was his family. He helped raise his siblings and went on to marry Marie on January 13, 1996 with whom he had five children of his own. He was always an active parent volunteer, consistently supporting school and community activities, including coaching youth sports for 35 years.

Rick is remembered by his family, friends, and co-workers as a charismatic and hardworking man. He had a big heart and could put a smile on anyone’s face, making strangers feel instantly welcome. He was a man of faith, believed in doing the right thing, and never hesitated to help anyone in need.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Perez, children Irene (Raendy), Ricardo Vincent, Miranda, Marco and his grandchildren Raendy Jr, Iliana and Romeo. He is also survived by his grandmothers Perfecta Perez, Graciela Leyva, parents Edith & Manuel Leyva, siblings Rosa, Manuel III, Karina, Vanesa, and many nieces and nephews. Rick is preceded by his daughter Jennifer Natividad and grandfathers Fulgencio Vecino and Manuel Leyva. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Outside Viewing will be held at East Lawn South Sacramento 3939 Fruitridge Road Sacramento, California Thursday January 21st, 2021 From 11am to !pm

Graveside Service will be at St Mary’s Cemetery Friday January 22st, 2021 at 9am 6700 21st Ave Sacramento, California


  • Paul Lemieux says:

    Ricky, You will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace my Friend.

  • Ana Gloria y Gregorio Neri says:

    You will always be remembered the little time you and Marie talked with Gregorio and I left us touched your relationship will always be a great example to us.

  • Silvia Leyva says:

    Ricky, we will miss you cuz. I am sure my mom is cooking pork chops for you in heaven. Your favorite from her recipes growing up. RIP Cuz. Marie and family I am so sorry for your loss Ricky was such a great person. Big Hug

  • Sheryl Boesch says:

    Ricky, you will be greatly missed by all of us. You leave behind a legacy of love and kindness. Rest in Paradise Cuz!

  • Michelle Lawson says:

    RIP my dear friend, God bless you Rick.
    God bless you Marie and family, I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Aida Vecino-Perez says:

    Mijo, you were more than a nephew to me, you were like my baby brother. I will never forget you and cherish all the memories I have of you growing up. You will always be part of a trio; your “tío chiquito,” you and me growing up together. I will never forget you! I will not say goodbye, only “hasta luego.”

  • Marcianna Daley says:

    You will be deeply missed
    For Marie many many years ago you guys entered my life and i couldnt have gotten luckier to have known such a dear sweet couple. I cannot express the sorrow i feel for your deep loss but i can offer my shoulder, Marie thank you and Rick for being such wonderful friends. Much love Marci ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Jennifer Gutierrez says:

    Que en Paz Descanse, Rick, y que Dios lo tenga en su santa gloria. Thank you for sharing your love and light. You will always be remembered as the kind, hard-working and loving family man you were. You’ll always be missed and remembered♡

  • Thomas tonar says:

    We love u and will miss u dearly. U are a true blessing to anyone u crossed paths with

  • Donna says:

    I met your beautiful wife, Marie a year and a half ago through a prayer workshop. She’s an amazing woman who loves the Lord and her husband.
    I didn’t get the chance to meet you, but through your wife’s sharing you to are an amazing person too!
    Rest In Peace,
    Donna Gutierrez

  • Don and Stella Butler says:

    Ricky….. Our adopted Mijo…
    You will be missed by all who knew and loved you… Who’s going to look out for us and get us those Crab Feed tickets now….
    Love You And Miss You..
    Can’t Believe Your Gone.

  • Suzette Mitchell says:

    RIP My Friend Ricky You will be miss

  • John-Christie Armstrong says:

    Nino I always remember when Alicia, Faith, Samuel, Daniel and I would come to Sacramento for the summers. You and Nina would take us out for ice cream or to Giants games. Thank you for the many great childhood memories I love you Nino say hello to Jennifer for me

  • Jason Ramirez says:

    Rest easy my friend. I’m going to miss you.

  • Estella Perez says:

    Ricky…..You have left a void no one can fill. There are not many like you in the world and we mourn the loss of an angel.
    May you Rest In Peace.

  • Diane says:

    I didn’t get the pleasure of knowing you personally. Two folks who are special to me did (Elena, Jo) and I’ve heard only remarkable things. You were much too young to leave this world and will be missed for all you added to it. RIP.

  • Antonio (Mr. Tony) Juarez says:

    Rick, it was an honor to have been your Barber 💈 and your friend.. thanks for the great conversations we shared about music 🎶 and cars 🚘 I enjoyed your company tremendously, thanks amigo.
    May you rest in the peace of the LORD 🙏

  • Maria K says:

    This hearts to know I will never get s chance to hold any more conversations with you. You gave me ray of hope and helped me through difficult tiny portion of my life. Being on your presences along with Marie always gives me calmness and peace. I may have only had very few opportunities to be in your presences, each time was unique just like you. My 💙 hurts for the loved ones.

  • Fred Armstrong says:

    Rick, you will be sorely missed!! You always treated me like a brother and the kids, John-Christie, Faith, Samuel and Daniel, loved you greatly.

  • Anthony Pineda says:

    Rick, you will be missed by all your loved ones. You were my first soccer coach and my first club and I had amazing memories and still yet all the trophies . You were loved by everyone by who you were as a person . May you Rest In Peace and watch over your loved one and close friends and family . You will be missed !

  • Cynthia Arrieta says:

    Rick, I met your beautiful wife Marie
    in 2018 in A Prayer and Life Workshop
    at Good Shepherd Church. She is a
    Sister In Christ. An inspirational
    woman devoted to Our Lord, a
    loving wife and mother.
    I didn’t have the pleasure of
    meeting you. And, I certainly
    wish I had been given that opportunity.
    Although, I do know through
    Marie, You were the love of
    her life. You, the children and the
    family filled her soul with the light and love from Jesus. She was joyful when
    speaking of her loving friend and husband. It’s apparent from all who knew you and loved you that you brought joy and comfort to everyone. May your vivacious spirit live on in the hearts of all who were blessed by your presence.

    May You Rest In Peace and
    May Perpetual Light Shine
    Upon You Rick.

    Lord Jesus Bless The Soul
    Of your Son Rick. He lived
    by your light and your word.
    Welcome Him into your arms,
    Joyfully into your Merciful
    Heart, and Grant him Eternal
    Peace. 🕊

    All Our Love to Marie and Family.
    Cynthia Arrieta and Family

  • Sharese Hart says:

    Cousin, you are an Angel and will truly be missed!! May God protect you and bless your soul!! You have made an impact on so many people and your kindness was endless. Rest in peace cuz!! Love you!!

  • Sharese Hart says:

    The Hart family will forever hold a special place for you in our hearts! God bless you!!

  • Christina Cervantes says:

    Rick’s laugh and smile is permanently imprinted in my heart and mind. He will be missed.

    My heartfelt condolences to you and the family, Marie.

    May he reach his destination on angel’s wings.

  • Sal Lopez says:

    Rick, even though we haven’t seen each other in a while, I’ll never forget the good times and laughter we shared. You impacted many people in such a positive way. I will always remember your positivity and kind heart. May you RIP with your daughter Jennifer. Gone, but, never forgotten.

  • Stephanie Meneses says:

    Mijo we will forever hold a special place for you in our hearts🙏🏼 You were and still an amazing husband, father, grandfather and nephew😘 we will always remember your positivity and beautiful heart ❤️ May you Rest In Peace with our Heavenly Father 🙏🏼 We love you with all of our hearts and soul🙏🏼😘 Tio Omar and Tia Tuta

  • Entire Montgomery Family says:

    Rick, our wonderful loving nephew and cousin, you will be greatly missed. Your beautiful smile and magnificent personality warmed our hearts and defined a perfect, memorable Family Reunion. You will live on not only in your wife, our niece and cousin, Marie and your children’s hearts…we too will carry you forward. God Bless you; we love you. From your entire Montgomery Family

  • Sheila Baldwin says:

    Dear Marie and family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    And as the Lord welcomes Rick home to perfect peace, may you all be comforted knowing that you have another Angel praying for you in heaven.

    Lord, eternal rest and peace grant unto Rick, Amen.


  • Francisco y Carmen Lara says:

    Siempre te recordaremos con esa gran sonrisa pero sabemos que ya estás en un mejor lugar.
    Marie sentimos tu perdida sabemos que fue un gran esposo y padre y a su familia que Dios les de el consuelo para seguir adelante.
    Estan en nuestras oraciones.
    Un abrazo fuerte de toda la familia Lara.

  • Christina Zinzun says:

    Sending my love to the family. My heart breaks for you. ♥️

  • Rose Cassidy says:

    I did not get the privilege of meeting you, however I am learning all about how special you were through the many members of Good Shepherd (my new parish). Your love of family, friends, co-workers and community is a model for all of us…I am learning from you. To love my family more, my friends more, my co-workers more, my community more…To never take our short time on earth for granted.
    Death cannot quench LOVE…Love remains forever. Although, I did not get to meet you on earth, I look forward to meeting you in heaven. Until then, please pray for us that Christ’s LOVE will grow in our hearts and in our service to others…

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