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April 25, 1956 ~ August 23, 2023 (age 67) 67 Years Old
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Rick grew up in Prescott, attending Sacred Heart, and Prescott High School. As an infant he was abandoned by his mother and criminally neglected before being adopted by loving parents. The painful memories of rejection and abuse affected him throughout his life, yet he remained kind, gentle, good-natured and philosophically optimistic.
Those who knew him, knew his struggles. For years, he lived on the streets and wrestled with alcoholism. His life changed after he became convinced he must visit the Shrine of St. Joseph in Yarnell, AZ. It was a place he remembered visiting with his father. After arriving in Yarnell, his life began to change. Friends and family connected him with someone who gave him odd jobs and a place to live.
The change of scenery did him good, and he was finally able to free himself from the grip of alcohol. In his last years of his life, he stayed in close contact with friends and family, calling often to check in and reminisce over shared memories. Now clear-headed, Rick was happy and proud to be working again. He died on August 23, of an apparent heart attack. Rick was proceeded in death by his parents, Asuncion Moreno and Delores (Parra) Moreno, and survived by an estranged sister.
Those who loved him, rejoice in knowing that he died with a a roof over his head, some coin in his pocket, faith in God, and a renewed sense of dignity.