Friday, Sep 21, 2018
July 30, 1949 - September 13, 2018
Robert Anthony Garcia
July 30, 1949 – September 13, 2018
Born to Ernest B. Garcia and Gloria G. Garcia, Robert started his journey of exploration, kindness, and wisdom in Pasadena, CA. He was the loving husband of Mary Garcia and dedicated father of David and Thomas Garcia. After many years of suffering from a debilitating muscular disease, God in Heaven called him Home.
An excellent student and avid baseball player, Bob made the most of his time in school in his youth. Since his father, Ernest, was a contractor and renowned hard-worker, Bob also learned the value of a strong work ethic. He went on from Fallbrook High School to Long Beach State University where he majored in History. Feeling his call to help his fellow man, he joined the Peace Corp upon graduating from college. This humanitarian effort landed him in Nepal, and he was able to help hundreds of villagers with modern farming techniques and materials he brought with him from America.
In 1973, he started working for The George Yardley Company, named after its founder, Basketball Hall-of-Famer George Yardley. He continued working for the same company for decades, which included several years into his crippling illness. One of the most significant events in his life occurred in 1975, he met the love of his life; she turned out to truly be his other half, Mary Schmitz. They knew quickly there was a special bond between them, and one year later, they wed on August 28, 1976. They decided to save their honeymoon money and use it for a down payment on their Cypress, CA house (since Bob had broken his foot at work just before the wedding!). There, they built beautiful memories together and enjoyed having friends and family over for gatherings as often as they could. The happy couple became a happy trio in 1979 with the addition of their son, David. Their adventures continued when they moved to Garden Grove, CA, and their youngest son, Thomas was born in 1981. From there, the 4 of them engaged in numerous outings from Disneyland to Knott’s Berry Farm to camping with the Indian Guides to visiting family in Fallbrook to simple drives across the countryside, and many more memorable expeditions. In 1989, Bob and Mary decided to move down to join the majority of the Garcia Family in Fallbrook, CA. There, they continued to raise the family in their Rancho Camino home and hospitable community of St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Bob worked tirelessly in the yard on the weekends and commuted to Fountain Valley every weekday for work. His tenacious spirit combined with positive disposition made the very unique combination that made up Robert Garcia. His family and friends remain, to this day, amazed by his no-complaining attitude and absolute jubilation. Neither his commuting through Southern California traffic, nor his frustrating and depleting disease would break his spirit; he was truly a dedicated family man and unbreakable soul.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Gloria. He is survived by his 3 brothers, Ernest, Richard, and David as well as his 2 sisters, Marta and Gloria. He is also survived by his wife, Mary, and two sons, David and Thomas. He left his mark on the hearts of many throughout the communities in which he was a part, to include: his many friends and family, The George Yardley Company, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, The Indian Guides, The Knights of Columbus, Champagne Village (adjacent to Lawrence Welk Resort), and Brookdale assisted living in Oceanside, CA. His remains will be placed in a niche at the San Luis Rey Mission in Oceanside, CA. There will be a funeral service at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Friday, Sept 21 2018 followed immediately by a celebration of life in the church hall. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Robert Garcia to the Parkinson Foundation.Parkinson.org