Richard Keith Corbin

Oct 31, 1939 - Jan 10, 2016


Richard Keith Corbin, Sr.

On the morning of January 10, 2016, Richard passed away at his home in Elk Grove after a 5-year battle with cancer. He was being visited and comforted by family members at the time of his passing. He was 76 years old.

Richard was born in Yuba City, California, on October 31, 1939. He was the oldest of 3 sons born to D.C. and Catherine “Katie” Corbin. He and his younger brothers, Phillip and Dan, grew up on the family’s fruit ranch where they worked and played. Richard briefly attended Gridley High School, and graduated from Yuba City Union High School where he ran track, and participated in school plays, and was involved with the school newspaper. He graduated in 1957.

After high school, Richard attended Yuba Junior College, where he graduated with an A.A. degree. From there, Richard put himself through college at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he studied mining engineering. While at UNR, he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and he also worked at the Nugget. Richard made many friends and lifelong memories during this time of his life. He graduated from UNR with a degree in Political Science. During college Richard joined the Nevada Air National Guard. He was called to active duty and received his commission in 1968. While in the Air Force, Richard learned to play golf, and it became a life-long passion. He would go on to travel all over the world in his quest to play at the world’s premier golf courses. It was while he was stationed at Hill Air Force Base in Salt Lake City, UT, that he met his future wife, Vicki. After a 6-week courtship, he proposed. She said yes, and they were married 3 days later, on June 9, 1969. Richard resigned his commission, and the couple moved to Sacramento, CA.
Richard then attended the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He graduated and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1972, and in doing so fulfilled a goal he had set for himself when he was 6 years old on the family ranch. He began a successful private practice, and for the last 25 years specialized in mining law and criminal defense. His international mining law practice took Richard all over the world and to many remote places, earning him the nickname “Indiana Jones.” He thoroughly enjoyed the practice of law, and did not retire until September of 2015.

He enjoyed adventure, traveling, the outdoors, and being physically active. He was a wonderful story teller.
He loved his family and his grandchildren. He was a member of St. Stephen the First Martyr Catholic Church in Sacramento.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, D.C. and Katie Corbin, and his younger brother, Phillip Corbin. He is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Vicki; his son, Richard Keith Corbin, Jr.; his daughter, Catherine (Todd) Ratshin; his grandsons Jace Corbin, Eli and Emmett Ratshin; his brother, Dan Corbin; his nephews Phillip and Corbin, and niece Madeleine; and many cousins.

Visitation: Tuesday, January 19, 5-8 p.m., with a rosary at 6 p.m., at East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park Chapel, 9189 East Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624.

Services: Wednesday, January 20, 10 a.m., at St. Stephen the First Martyr Catholic Church, 5461 44th St., Sacramento, CA with interment following at East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park. At the conclusion of services, there will be a reception at The Falls, 8280 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove, CA.

Donations may be made to Loaves and Fishes of Sacramento at

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


  • Scott Jolcover says:

    May you rest in eternal peace my friend. You will be missed greatly.

  • Lois and Joey Greene says:

    To Vicki and Catherine and Ricky, Our love goes out to all of you. We will miss Rich very much. He was a wonderful person and he helped so many of us.

  • Luci DeCaria says:

    Prayers and love to Vickie, Rich and Catherine.

  • Kelly Mulcahy says:

    Cat, I didn’t know Richard was your dad. He was a wonderful attorney and a complete gentleman. If all of us practiced law like him, attorney jokes would become extinct. I loved reading about his life. God bless you and your family.

  • Karen Guarnera says:

    Dear cousins – so sorry for your loss. You’e in my thoughts and prayers. Love Cousin Karen Guarnera & Paul McCormick

  • george mccafferty says:

    I will sure miss my friend Richard. You were a great story teller. Wish I would have known you played golf. I had a wonderful time getting to know Rich and Vicki these last seven years. A special couple to us. A great guy. You are special Richard. Vicki, this day we are all reminded of Gods words”Lord teach us to number our days”-George and Trudi

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