Ricky Reyes Florez

1956 ~ 2021

Viewing:

Jan. 12, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
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  • Father, baseball lover and retired “Tax Doctor”, Rick Florez passed away peacefully in the early hours of December 30th 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah, after a long battle with chronic illness.

    Rick was preceded in death by his father, Reyes Rick, his mother, Bobbie Ray and his sister, Pook.

    Survived by his siblings, Frank Florez (Pat Florez) and Tina Bishop (Mike Bishop), as well as his 6 children that he loved. Heather Garcia, Jolie Cutchins (George Cutchins), Reyes Florez (Emily Florez), Marc Florez (Candice Florez), Ashlei Florez (Dustin Lowder), Brooke Florez (Aaron Peat), plus ten grandchildren who Rick also got to enjoy.

    Ricky Reyes Florez was born June 8th, 1956, to Reyes and Bobbie Ray Florez. Rick was the class president of West High School class of ‘74 and later Resident President of Harmony Hills Assisted Living.

    Rick was charismatic, charming, resilient, funny and a ladies man. We are crushed knowing that he’s gone but we are glad he is safe and without pain. We know he is at peace. Nert Nert Dad.

    Viewing to be held January 12th at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, from 6-8 PM, with private services to follow on January 13th. Masks recommended for attendees.

    To view the recording of the services click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/h1s1SmJ-6euckk_USstHWuWbXdFhcND4uO9lHMaVN6R83E6KK70lW8zzkqkIBaKw.Ao3p8wt_qngTkCQS?startTime=1642092085000

    “Thank you for your support and make it a great day.”


    Guestbook/Condolences

    We have great history. You were one of my first students when I began teaching at Jordan Junior High School. After your father died you became our Tax Man! For over 30 years you prepared our taxes with great care. You invited me to join the Jordan Junior High School Reunion that you started on Facebook! Jordan Junior High will always have a special part of my heart as will You Rick. Loyda Kyremes


    - Loyda Kyremes

    Rey and Marc remember the best memories-
    r.c willy hotdogs, black cherry shasta and fat boys.
    Ashlei and Jolie honor you with grace.
    i’m grateful for my poems and
    all the talking about things,
    so i can actually experience the pain of it all.
    "the only way out is through."
    i see you in the mirror, and right now that feels like so much weight- and i don’t know that i’m brave enough to carry this.
    i am fortunate to enter today with love//
    what an honor to give you your final cut and prepare you for your services-
    such a painfully beautiful goodbye.

    Dad- i miss you but most of all i am glad you are out beyond the pain.
    you are safe at home plate and i can’t wait to meet you there.
    i love you so so much
    nert
    nert.
    🤍🌹⚾️


    - “B”

    Rick was a good friend for many years. I talked with him in mid December. I will miss him. Sorry for your loss.
    He was a great tax guy.


    - David Sheldon

    Dear, Heather, Jolie, Reyes, Marc, Ashlei, Brooke and the whole Ricky Florez Family: I first met or knew of the Florez family through Little League baseball over at Jordan Park. My Father Bill McDermott coached my two older brothers Rick and Rourke McDermott, and he coached against your grandfather "Rey" Florez. Well, when I was 9 years old my dad did not do any coaching at that time, and your grandfather Rey drafted me onto his team and that is when I first meet your dad, Ricky! The first thing I remember is that smile of his! He would look you in the eyes and smile! Even when he asked you a question he would smile while doing it. I learned quickly that he had a keen wit and sense of humor! Your dad was two years older than me; he made me feel a big part of the team and I felt like he treated me as a younger brother! His parents Rey & Bobbie were so kind and nice to me as well, I always felt welcomed in their home and I felt like family there and on the ball field! I remember your dad giving encouragement to me as a team mate; it meant a lot to me back then nearly 55 years ago, but I can still remember it. WE both went to different Junior Highs and High School, he went to West High and I went to South High and we both played Baseball at our schools. I wish I would have had more interaction with your dad over the years. However, I will think of him fondly as he was a kindly, sincere and good man. So, it is with my sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy that I write these thoughts and memories of your father. With love and prayers,
    Luke McDermott


    - Luke McDermott

    Thank you for sharing the funeral services. He was loved by so many and will be remember as a wonderful, loving and giving person. RIP Rick


    - Tricia Easter

    Surely you will be missed. You were such a loving soul with such a happy smile. You have an easy-going spirit and the kindest heart! Sending love and more love to your family. You were such a fun cousin growing up! Love you, Elisa. (hopefully Tina will come and visit in paradise!)


    - Elisa Florez

    In Sympathy, We are praying for your Family during this time Psalm 23, We have known Rick for over 35 years he used to drive his red sports car, to our home to do our income tax paper work, and after the work was completed we would eat dinner! Rick was so much fun he was a special person and a true friend! Then Rick got a office & hired some staff members to help him out. I prayed with Rick back in 2017 regarding his back and some other issues he was having with his health. We will MISS our Brother he was truly part of our Family.
    With much Love & Peace Tevita & Holly Fiefia


    - Holly Fiefia

    In Sympathy, We are praying for your Family during this time Psalm 23, We have known Rick for over 35 years he used to drive his red sports car, to our home to do our income tax paper work, and after the work was completed we would eat dinner! Rick was so much fun he was a special person and a true friend! Then Rick got a office & hired some staff members to help him out. I prayed with Rick back in 2017 regarding his back and some other issues he was having with his health. We will MISS our Brother he was truly part of our Family.
    With much Love & Peace Tevita & Holly Fiefia


    - Holly Fiefia

    Truly a great man, friend, school mate, etc. Rick, you are missed and will be missed for many years to come. Your love of life and love for your fellow man has been a great example to us left behind. I know how you missed your parents and sister, you talked of them whenever I came to see you. I will miss putting up your Christmas tree and our luncheon visits. I'm so sorry that Covid cut into our visits. See you again my dear sweet friend.


    - Annette Hans

    I MISS YOU.
    My mind knows that you are in a better place
    where there is no pain. You are at peace. I understand that, I just wish I could explain it to my heart. There is an empty space in it that nothing will ever fill. I grieve, but I know my tears are for me. I love you so much, and will miss you forever, thanks for being the best daddy, and the best grandpa. Nert nert dad visit us in our dreams. 💔


    - Ashlei Florez

    Rick was always a dear, kind friend. Kind of the big brother I didn’t have. Glad you’re out of pain, but you will be missed. Love to Tina and Frank and the rest of his loved ones. Claudia and Mom and Dad send their condolences as well. Good to see comments from others I know. We did grow up in a great neighborhood!!!


    - Debbie Lewis Martin

    Rick and I shared birthdays, a day apart. He was always a great friend to all and gave me great life advice. I can only imagine his joy seeing his family again!
    See you again, my friend! xox


    - Jennie Peterson

    I want to extend my condolences to the Flores family during this difficult time! Rick was a friend and a gentle giant! He touched the lives of many! I know he is smiling down on us I miss you brother I’ll see you on the other side!


    - Duane Bourdeaux

    Rick was an amazing man. I Went to school with him .. RIP Rick you deserve it.. Praying for the family ♥️


    - Kay Howe

    So sorry for the loss of a fabulous friend and man!
    Your soaring high now and out of pain and I am grateful for that although there will be a missing space that cannot be filled.
    Sending live and light to everyone 🙏


    - Cindy Hish

    I am so sorry to hear about Ricks passing, I think I have helped take care of him for 7 years now.In my heart I know that he is finally out of pain. We are all going to miss him very much. Tracy Widner


    - tracy widner

    We remember the happy times spent with Rick at baseball games, out of state tournaments, and traveling to Taft CA to watch Reyes and Brian play for their college team. Feeling sadness at losing a friend that kept us laughing through the years and helped ease the pain of filing our taxes each year. Rest In Peace.


    - Mark and Sue Hedman

    You will always be a great friend. Love you Rick!


    - Christie Keller-Bergh

    Our hearts are saddened at your passing. We are the lucky ones to have known you. Blessings to you and what a glorious reunion you are having with your mom, dad and Pook. Rest in love and Paradise my dear friend.
    Alicia, Emilio , Julio and Pete❤️


    - Alicia Suazo

    Rick was a special person. I will miss you.


    - Kathy Miller

    You will be missed, Rick. To Rick's family, my most sincere condolences.
    From our epic football games on the median of 7th West, to the summer-long games of "over-the-line" at Jordan Park, growing up with you on the west side was pretty much a perfect childhood. Keep a spot open in the outfield for those of us that will join you later to continue the games!


    - Ed Bywater

    Good byes are for us who don’t believe we’ll see you again. Instead, I prefer; I’ll see you soon. We made two beautiful children together and I wanted to thank you for that gift. Rest In Peace Rick.


    - Debra Williams

    Harmony hills won’t be the same without Rick.


    - Mauri

    Thinking of the family and sending love and positive energy.


    - Kelly plum Cannon

    .I’m so sorry for our loss. I have so many fond memories and some not so great but I wouldn’t change any of them. You were my first best friend and we stayed close for most of our years. I am going to miss our chats and texts. I love and miss you, Rickey Rey, but I’m very glad that you are not suffering anymore!! ❤️❤️❤️


    - Tina

    My deepest Condolences and prayers go out to the familia. Rick and I go way back. Grew up in the same hood. Riding bikes, playing football, baseball. Definitely some good times and great memories. May you find rest and peace my brother.🙏✝️💙


    - David Larracuente...

    Rick was such a wonderful person! So sorry to hear of his passing! Happy he is free of all the health issues though! Peace and prayers to all his family!


    - Dale Samsel

    Our deepest condolences to Rick’s family. May our Lord wrap his arms around all his family during this hard times. You will be greatly miss. Rick was a great and kind person. Will always remember how much he loved my cooking. We love you Rick.
    Eduardo and Stella


    - Estella and Eduardo Rojas

    God bless.


    - David Romero