Raymond Richard Quinto, 1939-2017


Raymond Richard Quinto
Age 77, passed away February 28, 2017 at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, Calimesa, CA. He is survived by his wife, Pat Quinto (Canafranca); his children, Marlene Sandoval, Christina Coronado, Ray Quinto, Jr., and their spouses; his 7 grandchildren and their spouses; his great granddaughter (all from California); and his sisters Loyola Gonzales of Ranchos de Taos, and Margaret (Nickie) Trujillo of Denver, CO. He is predeceased by 4 sisters and 2 brothers.

Born on July 18, 1939 to Jose and Ursula Quinto in Ranchos de Taos, he was the fifth generation of a family of sheepherders. His education was comprised of an Associate Degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from Community College of Denver, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Hospital Management from National University, San Diego.
Ray's accomplishments were nothing short of impressive. He was a 37-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, and served 10 years of active duty with two tours in Vietnam as a combat medic. He oversaw numerous medical service schools. He spent 26 years in the Navy Reserve as a Training, Executive and Commanding Officer. He also served for 26 years as the Veterans Administration (VA) Department of Medicine and Surgery, and Chief of Research Operations for 17 years at the VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, CA.

He was an active board member for various nonprofits such as American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, and Kiwanis Club of San Bernardino. His commitment to community service was recognized nationally and was presented with the Congressional Excalibur Award, (only 1 of 6 federal employees in America to have received this prestigious award) and Citizen of the Year by the League of Women Voters in San Bernardino.

Aside from his professional and community service success, his most prized accomplishment was his family. Ray instilled the value of family to all who knew him. His selflessness and compassion for others was inspiring to family, friends, and anyone who met him. Ray's beautiful soul will be cherished by his family and friends forever. His efforts to make the world a better place will have a lasting impact on the communities he served.

Raymond was buried on March 16, 2017 at the Riverside National Cemetery.