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David Lopez

A Rosary will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 22, at Higgins Funeral Home, in Antioch, for David Amarante Lopez. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 23, at The Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, in Antioch. Mr. Lopez, a resident of Antioch, and former resident of Penn Valley, passed away July 18, in Antioch.

Mr. Lopez was born in 1950 to Gilbert Lopez and Eva Hernandez, in Denver, Colo. He graduated from Antioch High School in 1968 and attended Diablo Valley College.

Mr. Lopez was a long time butcher and meat manager for Lucky Stores. While living in Grass Valley, he was dedicated to the rights of the handicapped, having become a quadriplegic in an auto accident in 1990. Working with FREED, he helped implement government grants for in-home health care in the Grass Valley area. He was on the Consumers Issues Committee of the group study of long term care services and spoke on behalf of the disabled before the state Legislature in Sacramento.



Mr. Lopez’s love of music motivated him to become a DJ for many junior high dances at Union Hill School and various community events. He was a member of the Marysville and Grass Valley Elks and the Butcher’s Union and enjoyed boating and skiing on the delta. Most importantly, he was a loyal fan of the “Raider Nation.”

Mr. Lopez is survived by his daughters, Diana Lopez and Michelle Gearheart, both of Anitoch; beloved mother, Eva Ripp, of Penn Valley; brother, Donald Lopez, of Penn Valley; sisters Barbara Olds, of Antioch, Betti Crotwell, of Elk Grove, Bonnie Martin, of Oakley, and Bernice Kochis, of Grass Valley; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Lopez; stepfather, Frederick Ripp; and brothers Gilbert Lopez Jr. and Richard Lopez.


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