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Mr. "Al" Merriam 1927 - 2021
Rocky Pacheco, 1941-2019
Brother of Steve, '67

Ricardo “Rocky” Joseph Pacheco passed away on July 24, 2019 in Las Vegas Nevada. Rocky was born July 4, 1941 to Frank and Bertha (Aruijo) Pacheco in Fall River, Massachusetts.

His family moved to Fullerton, California where he spent his childhood and graduated from Fullerton High School in 1960. Rocky was a four-year letterman in swimming and sang in the group “8 Men of Song.” In 1961, he married Patricia Roessel and worked as a volunteer police officer and for Barrett's Auto Glass.

In 1967, they moved to Bellingham, Washington, where Rocky worked for Bellingham Auto Glass and was a volunteer for the Marietta Fire Department. 

In 1978, Rocky transferred with Safelite Auto Glass to Tacoma, where he would eventually open up his own glass shop, the Auto Glass House. Rocky later went to work for Russ Dunmire Oldsmobile and Mazda as a General Sales Manager. In Tacoma, he met Sandra Jean, and they would marry in 1987. They resided in Tacoma until retirement, when they moved to Las Vegas in 2003. They remained together until her passing. 

While retired, Rocky loved working in his yard, taking road trips, and spending time with family, friends and neighbors. Rocky had a love for music and spent hours listening to his record collection. He loved western shows and movies, cheering on his Seahawks, spoiling his dog Roxy, and enjoying decorating his home to the max, inside and out, for every holiday, which became a friendly competition in his neighborhood. 

Rocky became a member of the German American Club, where destiny intervened and he met Donna Pryor, falling immediately in love. Donna and Rocky soon married and enjoyed raising their dog Roxy together. They enjoyed cooking and baking and spending quality time with family, friends and neighbors, which included long road trips and a recent, jubilant cruise to Mexico with the Club. 

Rocky is survived by his loving wife Donna; his children Kimberli, Richard Scott, Jared and Marc Pacheco; his step-children Renee, Brett, Kara and Matthew; his grandchildren Ariella, Jake, Joseph Dylan, Peiyton and Madelyn; his step-grandchildren Alicia, Lauren and Evan; his sister Lisa White and brothers Steve and Frank Pacheco; and his Uncle Ernest Aruijo. 

He is preceded in death by his father Frank Pacheco, mother Bertha Pacheco, and sister Janice McAtee. 

A celebration of life will be held 11 a.m. on September 7th at Palm Northwest Mortuary in Las Vegas, with a reception to follow.

 

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Paul Saevig, '67 on May 10, 2021 at 12:18 AM said:

I'm sorry for your loss, Steve. I remember Rocky. It was so long ago!

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