Baiz, Dr. Richard Chavez, 70, was born on June 20, 1949, in Brawley, California. Richard was the sixth child to Ralph P. Baiz and Maria "Esther" Baiz. From his childhood until his last years, Richard was instilled with an unrelenting work ethic that manifested into many different types of careers throughout his life. In his youth, Richard worked as a newspaper boy, migrant farm worker, and restaurant cook. Throughout the 1960's and early 70's, Richard was an ardent civil rights activist for the Chicano movement. In 1973, Richard graduated from University of California Santa Barbara with a BA degree in Political Science. In 1975, he became the Assistant Dean at the University California, Irvine School of Medicine and the youngest Dean in the United States. In 1982, Richard graduated from the University of Southern California and received a master's degree in Public Administration. From 1984 to 1991, he was the Chief Deputy Director for the Department of Consumer Affairs for the state of California, under Governor George Deukmejian. Throughout the 1990's and early 2000's, Richard received a Doctorate in Business Administration and worked for the Los Angeles County Office of Education's Head Start program, but found genuine passion working with at risk youth at the Save Our Youth Center in Costa Mesa. Dr. Baiz retired as a business consultant in Huntington Beach, where he lived until the time of his death from Brain Cancer on April 8th, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 32 years Amanda "Mandy" Baiz, his two sons Ricardo Baiz Jr. and Antonio "Tony" Baiz, his daughter-in-laws, his granddaughter Raigyn Baiz, and six siblings. Dr. Baiz was an avid boxing fan who enjoyed reading, steady exercise, trips to Hawaii and Monterrey, golfing, listening to music, and spending time with family. Though he lived a relatively full life of public servitude, Dr. Baiz still desired to remain productive and help those who sought guidance.

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