Honoring the life of Raul Huerta, Husband, Father, Coach and Friend...

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Real Estate Agent with The Beeson Group, Inc. BRE #01869345

Today at the 6th Annual Raul Huerta Memorial Golf Tournament, we celebrated the life of Raul Martinez Huerta and helped raise money for his 9 year old daughters college fund. Raul was a great man... he was a Husband, Father, Coach and friend.  He lost his battle to cancer at a young age, I believe it was 31.  He coached and mentored many youth in the City of Moreno Valley and probably had the biggest, most famous smile in town.  I know it sounds played out... but this man would literally light up a room when he walked into it.  He ALWAYS had a smile on his face...always.  :)

Rual and I in his garage sometime in 2000-2001

Raul was a California Wrestling State Place Winner for Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley and a Junior College All-American at Palomar Community College in San Marcos.  He graduated from Cal State University Fullerton and after graduation he subbed and coached at his Alma Mater Canyon Springs.  We first met Raul back in the late 90's when he was a young teacher and coach.  He coached my kids as youth wrestlers and they all grew to respect and love him.  He ended up teaching at Moreno Valley High School where he became their Head Wrestling Coach.  Shortly after he started his new job... he became ill.  Raul is no longer with us, but all that knew him carry a piece of him with us everyday.  He taught us how to Love, Laugh and Live.

 

The Man that was in Raul's corner all through high school... Coach Ray Rodi

Raul's good friend and Mentor... Scott Schumm.  Scott was sportin' his Raul Huerta Memorial Classic Wrestling Tournament T-shirt.  The man has his own Wrestling Tournament and Golf Tournament named in his honor... that says a lot, doesn't it...

Scott at dinner tonight waiting for the raffle... I guess you can be a little smug when you are a California State Champion.  :)

 

After a big tournament somewhere back in 2002-2003 at Boompa's Pizza in Moreno Valley, CA.  Dougie, Mark, Me and Raul.

 

Moreno Valley lost one of it's greatest son's 7 years ago... but the legend will live on for many, many years.

 

Mi Hermano, El Luchador!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ryan Case
SCA Real Estate - Anaheim, CA
877-828-0710

So sad! If I may ask what happened to him?

Sep 19, 2010 05:20 PM
Cory & Michelle Beeson - (951) 526-8298 Serving the entire Temecula Valley
The Beeson Group, Inc. - Temecula, CA
Top 1% of Realtors Nationwide

He lost his battle to Cancer.  He would ware his wrestling shoes to his chemo appointments... he fought the good fight for about a year and a half... he is greatly missed.

Sep 19, 2010 07:26 PM
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Bob Rodi

This is a very nice tribute to Raul. I only met him once or twice but I feel as though I know him as Ray speaks of him often and with great affection. Ray was\is very fond of the kids he coached and knew how to get the best out of them. He had a special relationship with Raoul.  I always hear about this golf tournament. Maybe I will be able to make it out from Pittsburgh one day to play the tournament.  Nice to see Scott Shumm's picture here.  I remember when he was a great wrestler on Ray's team at Edgewood HS back in the early 80s.  That was a great bunch of kids. 

Bob Rodi (Ray's big brother)

Nov 18, 2010 09:08 AM
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Job Moreno

I recently found out about the loss of a good childhood friend. It is by accident that I found out about it. I had not seen or spoken to Raul in many years, in fact the last time we spoke was in the 6th grade. We both were in the same class with Mr Fontaine. I remember so vividly when I first arrived at Armada Elemetary School in Sunnymead. I spoke no english at the time, and out of the whole class with maybe 4 to 5 kids who spoke spanish, he was first to offer to help.

 It was one of the most difficult times for me as the new kid in school, but Raul stepped up and volunteered to help. I am really sorry that I didn't stay friends with him, but I guess it's not your choice as a kid when you up and move away. I've suppressed lots of memories about my childhood, but Raul I will never forget.

He always helped others when we were kids, and thats why I'm not surprised that he became a coach and mentor to young kids. I feel so lucky to have known Raul. 

Jan 06, 2011 05:18 PM
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