Rick was welcomed to earth by loving parents and grandparents on November 3, 1956. Rick left this earth for higher ground on February 15, 2014, uplifted by the love of a multitude of family and friends after a short but valiant battle with cancer.
Rick's life was blessed with an abundance of love, compassion and caring. He married Beth Ann Birch on December 17, 1976. They remained inseparable loving companions, sharing life's burdens and joys for over twenty-eight years until her death in 2003. The last years of Rick's life were filled with the love, joy, and the never ending dedication of Rick's angel, Dora Westbrook, and her loving children and grandchildren.
Rick enjoyed the simple pleasures of life: a good meal, a good nap, movies, a well-stocked fishing- hole, WWF wrestling and the company of family and friends to share it with. Rick loved to camp whether it be fishing or hunting or just enjoying the scenery. He was blessed to spend many, many hours throughout both his childhood and adult years enjoying the great outdoors. Rick understood the beauty of an unspoken word. He listened more than he talked, but never missed a thing. He was a quiet, humble man who chose gratitude over regret.
Carbon County was home to Rick. He was born in Dragerton, grew up in Sunnyside, and died in Price. He was a graduate of East Carbon High School. Bituminous coal ran through his blood. Rick came from a long legacy of hardworking coal miners and he continued the legacy for over 35 years. Rick lived, as most miners do, where the coal is most abundant, spending many years in Carbon County, New Mexico and finally Colorado where he retired in 2011. A proud member of the United Mine Workers of America; there was no work he was too proud to do. For more than thirty years, he did not take time off work; rather, he scheduled his life to the demands of the job. Always giving, never taking; a dedicated solider to the coal industry.
Rick was preceded in death by his father, Ben Gomez, Jr.; his grandparents, Arnando and Lillie Tollis; Ben and Eva Gomez; his wife Beth Ann Birch Gomez. Rick is survived by his daughters, Shaylynn Beach, Talia Fuller; his mother, Fern Wilkerson; his brothers, Doug Tollis, Chance Gomez and his sisters, Tamara Malone, and Mary Manley; his angel-partner Dora Westbrook, her daughters Jayde, Jazmyn and Lizzie (James); his much loved grandchildren: Dakota, Brittney, Nikki, Sage, Tristan, James Ray, and Aiden; his step-mother Louann Gomez; many aunts, uncles, cousins and relatives.
Rick will be dearly missed, always loved, and held in the hearts of all who had the honor of knowing him. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the medical team at Castleview Hospital, and to the staff at Parkdale Care Center from the director to the cleaning staff and every aid, nurse and caretaker in between. Special thanks to Danny and Tammy Velasquez for opening their home and hearts to Rick and our family.
Funeral service, Friday, February 21, 2014, 11:00 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home (233 East Main Street) in Price. Family will be at Mitchell's Thursday evening from 6 - 7 p.m. and Friday one hour prior to service. Interment, Ciffview Cemetery, Price. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home where friends are always welcome daily and may share memories of Rick at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.
"And when the night is cloudy, There is still a light that shines on me, Shine on until tomorrow, let it be, let it be."