Ricardo Robert "Bob" Perez, Jr.
October 17, 1953 ~ December 12, 2013
Ricardo Robert "Bob" Perez, Jr. passed away peacefully at Central Washington Hospital on Thursday, December 12, 2013, surrounded by family and friends. He was born on October 17, 1953, in Ohio, to Ricardo and Anne (Tempe) Perez. He spent his youth in Guadalajara, Mexico, where his father attended Medical School. They moved to Spangel, WA, and later to the Wenatchee Valley. Bob graduated from the Police Academy in 1983, became a Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy and then a Patrol Officer for the Wenatchee Police Department. He had been a Spanish interpreter, a K-9 officer (Blade), a motorcycle officer, a street crime unit officer, and later a detective. In 1989, he married Luci Eldredge and they made their first home in Wenatchee and then Cashmere, WA. Bob served on the Police Guild Board as Treasurer and, for several years, headed up the Foster Children's Christmas Party. He spent hours fulfilling the kids' wish lists, "testing out the toys" to insure they were "fun" enough for the kids, and then wrapping them with the assistance of his police K-9, Blade, who ended up wrapped in ribbons, bows and a Santa hat in the process. If you knew Bob, you know how hysterical this could be! A huge pizza party would be held for the foster kids and their parents, while case workers, officers and Santa gave out toys and candy in a festive and joy-filled event. Bob looked forward to this each year as a wonderful way to celebrate the season and give to children most in need. Bob and Luci became foster-parents and had several children over the years find refuge in their home, some for a short period and others that remained in his heart forever. Bob's daughter, Shelley (Donovan) Valdez and his son, Bobby, were the joys of his life.
Bob loved camping and fishing, and took many trips to Disneyland pulling his travel trailer, often with family and friends. Bob shared his home with everyone and his life was an open book. He hosted pool parties and enjoyed tossing the kids in, expected or not. Bob had a great sense of humor and everyone knew to expect a good joke or prank. He enjoyed working on his ponds, garden and mowing the grounds, only ending up with the tractor in the pond once that we know of! He vacationed with family and friends at Birch Bay, Mexico, and took many guided trips to Idaho and Oregon on the Rogue and Salmon Rivers. He was a pilot and loved flying to Silverwood Theme Park and around Washington. He had been a member of Riverview Kiwanis, volunteering for several service projects in the community. He and Bobby enjoyed snowmobiling trips, horseback riding trips and anything to do with racing.
Bob retired from the Police Department and, in 1998, he moved to the "Ranch" in Waterville to care for his ailing friend, Virgil, eventually buying the ranch, filling it with horses, dogs, cats and chickens and creating a peaceful environment for he and his son, Bobby, while continuing the fight for justice and truth. Complications from a stroke and diabetes took Bob's life here on earth, but he is now finding much-deserved peace. Bob was able to say goodbye to many people in the days before he passed and our families appreciated the genuine love and kindness from so many of you in the Wenatchee Valley. Your love and support of Bob since 1994 was a blessing.
Special thanks to Dr. Chad McBride, Dr. Butler, and the staff at Central Washington Hospital, the Wenatchee Police Guild, Pat McMahon and Robert Sealby, and his dearest friend, Kate Carrow, all of whom stayed at his side during his last several days.
In addition to Shelley and Bobby, he is survived by his parents; sister, Stephanie of Corpus Christy, TX; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 27, 2013, at Jones & Jones~Betts Memorial Chapel. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee, WA.