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In Memory

Richard "Rick" Garza

Richard "Rick" Garza


Rick Garza, devoted partner to Kathryn, proud father to Lisa Mounts and April Garza, cherished grandfather, and doting great-grandfather, passed away on Memorial Day, May 29, 2023, at Providence Hospital. Rick's departure at the age of 71 was a profound loss to all who knew and loved him, as he leaves behind a legacy of love, and a life enriched by diverse passions.

Born and raised in LA, his adventurous spirit led him to make Anchorage his home, where he raised his family. Rick led a life filled with many interests. He was an avid reader, constantly expanding his knowledge and imagination. His passion for coins led to a remarkable collection, a testament to his curiosity and appreciation for history. A movie enthusiast, he delighted in watching films, and found immense joy in scuba diving and fishing. A Vietnam veteran and retiree of Alyeska Pipeline, Rick contributed to his country and community.

Family was the center of his universe. As a father, he poured his heart into providing love, support, and guidance to his daughters, instilling in them a sense of resilience and determination that has been carried through generations.

As a grandfather to Amanda, ThomasJohn, Jonathan, Michaella, Isabelle, Keira, and Cooper, and great-grandfather to Danica, Evelynn, Rowynn, ThomasJohn, and Kelvin, Rick's love and devotion knew no bounds. He was an ever-present source of wisdom and love, eagerly participating in their lives and creating cherished memories that will forever be treasured.

Preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and "Lupe" Garza. He is survived by his partner, family, and brother, Gilbert and his family. May he rest in eternal peace, knowing that he was deeply loved and his memory will forever be etched in our hearts.

Services will be held at St. Benedict's 8110 Jewel Lake Rd, on Thursday, August 17, 2023 at 6 p.m., with a light reception to follow.


Published in the Anchorage Daily News on August 7 2023

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08/09/23 05:18 AM #1    

Christopher Bias (Bias)

This is always sad to see on this post..  But we should cherish the times we had, and will have with people we have connections with.. 

08/09/23 01:06 PM #2    

Bill Howitt

I remember Rick well from his time at Alyeska pump stations.  He was a strong personality but his focus was always on doing what he believed was the best course of action to solve a problem and to make better operations and maintenance. Alyeska would be fortunate to have more like him in the future.  Best wishes to Rick's family.

08/11/23 03:29 AM #3    

Martha Preus

I am sorry to see this news. I enjoyed working with Rick in the training department. He was willing to share his ideas and thoughts, had a 'can do' attitude and a ready smile. 
My condolences to his family and friends. 
Sincerely, Martha Preus

08/11/23 04:15 AM #4    

J Chris Alexander

I spent many hours with Rick at PS #7. He had a great wit and was knowledgeable about the pipeline systems. As I read his tribute, I learned more about him; he was an interesting and well-versed man. God speed and rest in Heavenly peace.

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