March 20, 1995 ~ July 30, 2015
March 20, 1995~ July 30, 2015
"Life was more beautiful because of your smile"
Ricardo (Ricky) Compean was born on March 20, 1995 in Long Beach California. After birth he didn't get to come home right away as he was born with a hole in his lung and struggled to breathe. He came home 3 days later to meet his older sister Monica and older brother Tommy. He was the baby of the family and they were overjoyed when they finally brought Ricky home. He was the pride and joy of his mom Carmen and dad Tomas who would rock him to sleep almost every night. He was never satisfied after a bottle feeding always demanding more.
Monica became like his second mom always caring for her baby brother and Tommy became his best playmate throughout Ricky's infant and toddler years. Ricky was always joyful, happy and loving. He loved it when his older cousin Priscilla used to pick him up for the day and play dress up with Baby Ricky, taking pictures of him in different little boy outfits. As he grew, he had a tremendous imagination and could entertain himself for hours on end.
He attended Rinny Tinny pre-school in Gardena and was known to always show affection and love towards all of his teachers. After pre-school he went on to Amestoy elementary school and was a good student. He loved to stay after school to play Carrom board games with his friends, but his favorite part of the school day was when he would be get picked up by his Papa, (grandpa) who had Ricky's bag of Hot Cheetos always ready. It was around this time that Monica gave him the affectionate nickname "Chunk" because his cheeks began to resemble that of a chipmunk. His favorite hobbies were eating chips, drinking any kind of soda, and playing video games especially Tony Hawk, Need for Speed, Grand Theft Auto, and Madden on his Sony Playstation.
He loved to play basketball and football with his brother and older cousins Rudy and David. He also spent a lot of time with his cousin Celina. Being only 5 weeks apart, they had a close connection. Celina and Ricky would enjoy many different excursions with their grandparents Tito & Tita. As they grew older, they would be joined by Celina's sisters Erin and Alyssa.
His absolute favorite foods were from his Nana's kitchen. The family would take camping trips every other year where Ricky would love being in the outdoors and loved swimming in the rivers, lakes, and oceans that they visited. He loved nature.
He began his Jr. High years at St. Anthony of Padua School where he played flag football and met his life long friends Simon and Charlie. They were known as "los tres traviesos" or the "three trouble makers" because of their pranks, jokes, & typical troublemaking that is common among pre-teen boys. It didn't always sit too well with the teachers, especially Sr. Ann, the principal. He transferred to Maria Regina School where he graduated from the 8th grade.
In 2009 he was accepted to and began attending Junipero Serra High School in Gardena where he started to mature, but never fully surrendered his jokester attitude. His friends remember how they would sign up for all the school clubs and only show up on picture day. Responsibility began to kick in once he joined and committed to playing Soccer at Serra. It was during this time that he also received the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Anthony's with his sister Monica as his sponsor. He attended numerous retreats as a member of the Life Teen program at St. Anthony of Padua Church. He began to demonstrate a stronger faith in God, dedicated leadership and service while attending Serra. His sophomore religion teacher, Ms. Sullivan comments that "he was quiet and respectful in class. He always had a smile on his face and literally got along with everyone. Over the next two years he grew so much as a young man. He became more confident and sure of himself and really blossomed in terms of his place at school. In his Senior year, Ricky would always go out of his way to stop by Room 404 and just say hello or check on how I was doing. As the class of 2013 was my first class at Serra, seeing his growth as a Senior made me so proud to know him and be able to witness his short journey through high school."
After high school graduation, he began attending Cal Sate University San Marcos where he was majoring in Kinesiology with a minor in business. It is here where he met his roommates Fernando, Alex, Sean and Aaron whom he considered brothers and his family in San Marcos. He became more independent, responsible, and a leader among his friends. He held part time jobs at Five Guys Burgers, a Taqueria on the San Marcos campus, and most recently at Jamba Juice. He was a good student who worked hard to make ends meet, remaining focused on his studies and enjoying life.
He never wavered in his faith journey praying before doing anything. His faith in Jesus Christ was so strong that he had Philippians 4:13 -"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"- tattooed on his left side and was never ashamed to make the "sign of the cross" in front of others. He prayed his rosary and wore a cross around his neck as a public sign of his Catholic Christian faith. In San Marcos he would continue to seek God's guidance and joined the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, a non-denominational ministry for developing evangelism, discipleship, and growing leaders for God's kingdom. His faith in God is what he would rely on in his final moments.
Everyone that knew Ricky repeats the same sentiments: he was a great friend, had the most laid back and funniest personality. He loved his family deeply. Some even looked up to him, even though he was younger than they were. If you needed a shoulder to lean on, Ricky was there. He was a quiet leader, warm hearted, and cared for everyone. He was always happy, making others laugh, and just loved to have fun. He made friends everywhere he went. His friends would describe him as completely sublime. You never saw him mad or upset. He was an amazingly genuine and determined soul.
On Thursday, July 30, 2015 Ricky tragically departed this world struggling for breath just as he had at birth. God blessed him with 20 years of life and our world is a better place because of the love that God shared in this world through Ricky.
Ricky was the precious son of Tomas and Carmen Compean, the loving brother of Monica Rubalcava (Erick), and Tommy Compean (Vanessa), the cheerful and fun loving uncle of Gianna and Cecily Rubalcava and Lexi Compean.
He leaves to cherish his memory his extended family including grandparents: Heriberto & Rosa Compean, and Florentino & Socorro Gonzalez; his aunts Maria Monteverde (Rudy) & Jeannette Compean; uncles Tino, Johnny, & Armando Gonzalez and Felipe Compean; cousins Priscilla Garcia (Anthony), Rudy Monteverde (Vanessa), David Monteverde (Kim Meadows), Celina, Erin, & Alyssa Reyes, and Eddie & Angelisa Compean; nieces & nephews Anthony, Malachi, & Neveah Garcia, Destiny & AJ Monteverde, and Faith Monteverde & Andrea Cervantes. He will be forever remembered by numerous relatives, friends, and coworkers. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
A Vigil and Rosary prayer service will be held on Sunday August 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm and the funeral Mass will be held on Monday August 10, 2015 at 10:00 am. Both service will take place at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church located at 1050 W. 163rd St. Gardena, CA 90247. Ricky will be laid to rest at All Soul's Cemetery in Long Beach following the funeral Mass.
Monetary Donations to assist with funeral expenses can be made online by visiting www.gofundme.com/rickycompean
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