David Joseph Rodriguez
Birth Date: May 28, 1958Death Date: March 25, 2018
David Joseph Rodriguez
May 28, 1958 – March 25, 2018
David (D-Rod) Rodriguez was called home to rest on Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018. Beloved son of the late Frances and Alfonso Rodriguez. Beloved wife of 31 years Terri Rodriguez of Livermore, CA. Beloved daughters Monica Rodriguez of Capitola, CA and Alexandra Rodriguez of Livermore, CA. Beloved granddaughter London Leah. Beloved brothers Ray Rodriguez (wife Debbie) of Newark, CA, Ernie Rodriguez (wife Alice) of Tracy, CA and Rick Rodriguez of El Paso, TX. Beloved brother-in-law to Lynda Ficken of Livermore, CA, Robert H. Ficken Jr. of Danville, CA, Judy Fernandez (husband Bob) of Lincoln, CA and Sandy Frazier (husband Wayne) of Centralia, WA. Beloved uncle to Brian Bluford (wife Christina), Vennesa Cicero, Brianne Breedlove (husband Robert), Vanessa Rodriguez, Victoria Rodriguez, Liliana Rodriguez, Ricky Rodriguez, Neal Fernandez, Miranda Croteau, Amanda Taylor and Erin Frazier. Beloved to many cousins, aunts, great nieces, great nephews and friends.
David was born on May 28, 1958, in Hayward, CA. He grew up and spent most of his days in Newark, Ca. He graduated from Newark High School in 1977 where he played football and basketball. David met his best friend and wife Terri in 1983 and were married on Valentine’s Day in 1987. They have two beautiful daughters, Monica and Alexandra and one beautiful granddaughter, London, who was the apple of her Pop-Pop’s eye. He had a thriving career for 30 years with the County of Santa Clara where he retired as a LAN Specialist in 2013. During his retirement he took interest in making beautiful stained glass and wood work pieces. He was the owner of D-Rod the Handyman handyman’s service where his main focus was to help those with little projects around the house that they might not be able to do themselves. One of his passions was coaching. He was the junior varsity assistant softball coach at Newark Memorial High School and head coach of the junior varsity softball team at Washington High School where he got to coach alongside his daughter Alexandra. He also coached many travel ball softball teams and recreational softball teams where he had the honor of coaching his own daughters. He enjoyed playing recreational softball, basketball, tennis and loved to hit the golf links. He also enjoyed swimming and kayaking as he loved being in the water. One of his favorite things to do was to travel and to take long weekend trips to Lake Tahoe and just sit on the beach, swim in the lake and watch the beautiful sunsets. He also loved to camp in Yosemite and enjoyed the beautiful sites and waterfalls. He just recently took a trip to Kauai, Hawaii where he enjoyed a beautiful vacation with his family as they relaxed on the beach, went whale watching and experienced an amazing luau. He was truly grateful that he was able to enjoy that quality time with his family on the beautiful island. He was also a sports fanatic and enjoyed attending/watching his favorite teams; the Oakland Raiders, Oakland Athletics and the Golden State Warriors.
David was a very special man with a kind heart and soul. Although he enjoyed all of the things listed above, he was known first and foremost for being an amazing family man and friend. Everything he did, he did for his family, especially for his wife, daughters and granddaughter. He was an outstanding Hubby, Dad, Pop-Pop and Uncle (Unks) and enjoyed spending quality time with his family. He loved them with his very being and put their needs above his own…always. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. David and his wife Terri were soul mates, she was the love of his life for over 35 years. They truly cherished spending their time together enjoying the simple things in life. He had a very special bond with his two daughters Monica and Alexandra. He loved mentoring, coaching, and teaching them valuable life lessons that focused on the importance of morals, respect, kindness and work ethic. He was very proud of them and was honored to be their Dad. He also had a very special bond with his 3 year old granddaughter London, she was his pride and joy. They spent countless hours together playing, singing, dancing and took many trips to the park and to the lake to see (as London would say) the “duck ducks”. David didn’t have any sons but adored his “boys” Brian Bluford, Nico Puno and Chris Padilla. He loved spending lots of time with them, teaching them the tricks of the trade and life lessons as well. He had many friends that he loved and adored and enjoyed spending time with them as well.
David will truly be missed by all that knew and loved him. We were all so blessed to have him in our lives and we’ll cherish all of the wonderful memories made during his lifetime.
A Memorial Service for David will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018, starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Chimes, located at 32992 Mission Blvd, Hayward, CA 94554.
A Celebration of Life reception will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Newark Pavilion, located at 6430 Thornton Ave., Newark, CA 94560. In honor of David’s life and his love of sports, we encourage you to wear your favorite sports attire to the Celebration of Life reception.