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My name is Richard M. Ramirez. I am a third-generation Californian and was born in Sanger, CA, on June 27, 1943. I attended Sanger elementary schools until the sixth grade. In the summer of 1955, our family moved to Fullerton, CA. I attended Wilshire Jr. High School and graduated from Fullerton High School in 1961.
I was preparing to enroll at Fullerton Jr. College in the fall of 1961.
However, because of the Berlin Crisis in August of 1961, I joined the United States Air Force in the same month. After boot training and technical school I was assigned to the Strategic Air Command (SAC) from December 1961 until December 1966.
In January of 1967, I began to realize my dream by enrolling at Fullerton Jr. College. My college career entailed conferring the following degrees: Associate in Arts/Sociology, Bachelors in Arts and Master in Arts/Sociology, Doctorate in Education/Community College Administration.
On July 5, 1969, I married my beautiful wife, Ramona (Mona) and have been married for 45 years. We have four wonderful children; Bobby, Lisa, Jesse and Stephen. We’ve been blessed with nine grandchildren; Preston, Chelsea, Dominique, Payton, Pierson, Gabrielle, Ian, Darius and Maxwell.
During my professional career, I volunteered my time working in multiple community organizations, baseball leagues, cultural activities, city ad hoc committees an panels.
Most currently, I’m involved with the Los Amigos of Orange County, Placentia American Legion Post 277, Los Amigos Education Committee, Orange County Veterans Memorial Park Committee/Foundation and Fullerton Chief of Police Advisory Board, plus being a community representative in various post-secondary search/interviewing committees.
For R & R, I date my wife, Mona, as often as time allows. Both of us are very active with American Legion activities, as officers. We attend all our grandchildren school and sport activities. There are other numerous recreational activities we enjoy. Both my wife and I maintain a regular exercise program to ensure we complement our lifestyles.