1/3/1957 – 9/16/2020
Ruben Burquez, 63, passed away peacefully at home in Merced, California on Sept. 16, 2020 due to heart failure. Born Jan. 3, 1957 in Carpinteria to Trinidad and Pauline Burquez, Ruben was raised in Carpinteria where he attended Aliso School, Carpinteria Jr. High and Carpinteria High School, where he was an outstanding football player for the Warriors.
Ruben was the “epitome of a free spirit.” He was known to “just get up and leave” at a moment’s notice, leaving everyone wondering where he was off to, but being sure to drag his guitar with him. It would be weeks or sometimes months before he contacted a sibling and let someone know where he was. Ruben once ended up at the University of Washington where he received his teaching credentials. Ruben was employed by the Merced School District where he was a substitute teacher and a tutor. He was also a baseball coach for Yerba Buena High School for many years. He was a dedicated mentor, volunteering his time and knowledge to the youth of Merced.
In December 2007, Ruben married Evelina Figueroa of Merced. He was a loving husband and father to her three sons, Fernando, Jesse and Jacob.
Ruben was preceded in death by his mother and father, and sisters Mary and Beatrice. He is survived by brothers Trinidad Jr. of Oxnard, Tony (Gogi) and Wally (Candi) of Carpinteria, along with many nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends in Carpinteria. Ruben will be interned at Carpinteria Cemetery. Services are pending.