Anaya, Richard

Richard Leo Anaya , 47, of Clovis, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.

He was born Sept. 22, 1958, at Ashiya Air Force Base, Japan, to Raymond and Jenny Anaya. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1979 to 1982 as a boiler technician and served as a golf course manager in Italy. After his Navy tour he went to school to become a nurse in California. Family members said he loved to read and surf, and was an expert with computers. They said he never met a stranger and also had a great love for animals.

While in Clovis he served as a bartender for American Legion Post 25 and assisted in preparing membership dinners with his specialty being a Ceasar’s salad. His close friends called him “chatter box” or “professor.”

Survivors include his parents, Raymond and Barbara Anaya of Clovis; his mother, Jenny Murillo of Phoenix; brothers, Ray, Roy, Russell, Ronnie and Angel Ray, all of Clovis, Ronald Garcia of California and Armondo Murillo of Phoenix; sisters, Crescentia Hernandez of Truth or Consequences and Josett Anaya of Clovis; grandmother, Florence Garcia of Clovis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A rosary will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

Father Sotero Sena will be the celebrant.

Arrangements are by Steed-Todd Funeral Home of Clovis.