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Richard Joseph Ratto, 54, of Middleton, ID passed away February 18, 2018 in Salt Lake City, UT from the lung disease, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Richard was born September 21, 1963 in San Francisco, CA. He grew up in the California Bay Area and graduated from Alhambra High School in 1982 in Martinez, CA.
Richard married Elizabeth Adair and they had a son, Mario Ratto. He moved to Idaho after they divorced to be closer to his mother and other family members. While in Idaho he met his wife, Jane, a mother of five. Once they married, in 1990, he proudly accepted her children as his own. Together they had Richard A. Ratto and knew their family was finally complete. He loved being a father and grandfather and took great pride in being called "Grandpa Richard" and "Papa Ratto".
In 2001 Richard and Jane were sealed together for time and all eternity in the Boise LDS Temple. Richard and Jane's love was unique. They were two opposites that complimented one another. Their weaknesses and strengths made them a strong couple. Richard helped Jane find her voice and healed her broken heart. Jane helped smooth out the rough edges of Richard's heart emotionally and spiritually.
Richard was a transmission mechanic for 38 years. He started working on transmissions with his father when he was a young teenager. He worked at his father's mechanic shop, ARC, in Colma, CA. He worked for various mechanic shops before he fulfilled his true passion of being his own boss. He founded his own transmission shop, Superior Transmission. He took great pride in being an entrepreneur and self employed.
He loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed sharing his advice and wisdom to those willing to listen. He knew his guiding words would leave great impressions on their hearts and wanted to help them any way he could. He felt the importanance of teaching his children to be prepared, to be independent, and to have a "Plan B" in place.
He had a passion for the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and snowmobiling. But his true outdoor love was hunting with his dogs. Over the years he trained and loved many dogs and had a special bond with them. They loved him, trusted him, and willingly followed him.
Richard is survived by his wife Jane (Davis) of 27 years; his son: Mario (Stephanie) Ratto; their son: Richard A. Ratto (fiancé D.L. Ferguson); his stepsons: Dan (Melissa) Conklin; Scott Conklin; and stepdaughters: Stephanie Conklin (fiancé Cary Roberts); Kim Egan (fiancé Jay Shoff); and Karen (Kahili) Woods; his mother: JoAnn (Edward) Ravizza (Leitner); his stepmother: Rosie Ratto (Calderon); brothers: Mark Ratto; Joseph San Jose; Richard K. San Jose; Larry San Jose; and Carlo Ratto, Jr.; and his sister Sara Ratto. He is also survived by his 13 grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members. Richard was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend. He was preceded in death by his father: Carlo Joseph Ratto, Sr. and his grandparents: Luigi Giuseppi and Maria Giuseppina (Airoldi) Ratto and Joseph Jr. and Patsy Marie (Tate) Leitner.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Homedale LDS Church located at 708 W. Idaho Avenue Homedale, ID. There will be a viewing from 9:30-10:15 a.m. at the church before the funeral service. A graveside committal service will follow at the Marsing-Homedale Cemetery, Marsing, ID. Funeral services are under the care of Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Please visit www.flahifffuneralchapel.com to leave a condolence message for his family.