Richard J. Rosasco, husband, father, rancher and attorney, passed away on April 22, 2018. He was 85 years old.
Richard was born in Stockton on Jan. 31, 1933. Raised in Sonora, he graduated from Sonora High School in 1950. He attended U.C. Davis, earning a degree in animal husbandry. While at Davis, he completed ROTC training resulting in a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army. Following his discharge from the Army, he returned to Tuolumne County and began working full time with his father on the family-owned cattle ranch. Richard became the manager of the cattle ranch after the passing of his father. While working full time managing the cattle ranch, he enrolled in Humphreys College, where he earned a Juris Doctorate. Upon passing the California State Bar exam, he began a 25-year legal career based in Tuolumne County. He simultaneously worked the cattle ranch while practicing the law. In 1998, he retired from his legal career and moved the cattle operation to Golconda, Nevada. He resided in Golconda until his death.
Richard’s two careers were vastly different, yet he enjoyed both. He liked helping people by providing legal representation to assist them in navigating legal matters. He also enjoyed the activities associated with ranching including really early mornings, being outdoors, working with animals, moving cattle to the mountains for summer grazing, gathering and feeding the cattle, fence building, and improving the productivity of the land. He cared deeply for his family as is evident by his dedication to building two successful yet diverse businesses. In his leisure time, he enjoyed watching the San Francisco Giants and the television shows “Law & Order” and “Hee Haw.”
He is survived by his daughters, Sarah Rosasco (Bob Brewer), of Golconda, Nevada, and Meg Rosasco, of Columbia; niece, Cindy Zavatson Myers, of Modesto; nephews, Christopher (Heather) Zavatson, of Woodland, David (Su-Fei) Zavatson, of Davis; and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Nancy; and his parents, Bessie and Clarence Rosasco.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Sonora.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donation be made to the Peaceful Journey: The Ronald M. Hamilton Parkinson’s Foundation. Checks can be sent to the Sonora Area Foundation with a memo line of Peaceful Journey Fund, 362 S. Stewart St., Sonora, CA 95370.