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Richard Gregory Sadorra
October 19, 1949-April 1, 2024
Richard Gregory Sadorra obit

Richard Gregory Sadorra, 74, entered into rest surrounded by his loving family on April 1, 2024, at his home in Manteca, CA. He was born in Stockton, CA., on October 19, 1949, to the late Dominador Sadorra and Linnie Moorman. 

   Richard is survived by his adored wife of 53 years, Rachael A. Sadorra of Manteca, CA., and three children, Richard D. Sadorra (Monica) of Manteca, Dolores Baluyut (Fred) of Manteca, and Anthony Sadorra (Raelynn) Sadorra of IL. Richard was blessed with nine grandchildren, Aidan, Raylene, Richard, Zavier, Jace, Amaya, Christian, Elle, and Gregory.

   Richard grew up in Lathrop with his devoted sisters. He is survived by sisters Dominga Sigler, Amelia Sadorra, Georgia MacMillan, and Billie Errede. Richard was preceded in death by sister, Linda Dannielle Stricler. Richard was also a longtime resident and a well-established part of the Manteca community.

   Richard served his country proudly through the US Navy from 1968-1972. During his military duty, Richard served in Vietnam with the US Marine Corps as a Corpsman and earned a Purple Heart. After the military, he worked as an iron worker for Local 118, from 1971-1977. Richard utilized his iron working expertise and began working for the Stanislaus County EDD and teaching welding at Turlock Adult School from 1991-2002. Richard was able to retire in 2002 at 52 years old.

   Richard had many passions and hobbies. He enjoyed buying, selling, and working on his classic cars. He loved spending weekends playing blackjack at casinos in Lake Tahoe, Reno, and nearby Indian Casinos. Richard relished spending time outdoors, creating his own worm castings for fertilizing his garden and sometimes use as fishing bait. While in his yard, he loved attending and raising many different breeds of rabbits.

   Richard was famously known as a great cook. His love for people spilled into his food. You are a lucky individual if you ever tasted his perfected recipes. Richard was a no-nonsense guy. He was honest, trustworthy, and many chose to be his friend. And once you were friends with Richard, you had a loyal friendship for his lifetime.

   Richard's family was his greatest accomplishment. He beamed as he spoke about his wife, kids, and grandchildren. He was proud of their academic awards, job opportunities, military achievements, and sports accolades. His greatest joy was his family.  Richard’s motto “God First, then family, then Country!” Richard will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

   P.L. Fry and Son is honored to serve the Sadorra family. A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at P.L. Fry and Son Funeral Home, 290 North Union Road, Manteca, CA. A mass will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 525 East North Street, Manteca, CA 95337. He will be laid to rest at St. John's Cemetery 17871 S. Carrollton Rd., Escalon, Ca. For direct condolences to the family, visit

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin

Saturday, April 13, 2024