ELOY — Richard La Paglia Jr., 74, a longtime attorney and civic leader, died at Banner Casa Grande Medical Center on Aug. 2, 2019, surrounded by his family.
Mr. La Paglia was born to Helen Duron and Richard La Paglia Sr. on Sept. 9, 1944, in Phoenix. At age 14 he left home to attend the Catholic Regina Cleri Minor Seminary in Tucson. In 1966 he received an undergraduate degree from St. John’s Seminary College in Camarillo, California. Shortly after, he served in the Army for three years and was stationed in Vietnam. He obtained the rank of E-5 and received the Bronze Star for his service.
In 1975 he obtained a law degree from University of California, Davis. He then worked for two years at Legal Aid in Coolidge. In 1978 he opened a law office in Eloy. Over the years he refined his proficiencies, ultimately focusing on immigration law. He was proud to be active in the Eloy and greater Pinal County community. He was a member of the Optimists and Kairos Prison Ministry. He loved being his own boss and helping those in need. He had a kind heart and was a devout man of faith. His hobbies included beekeeping and massage therapy.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary; eight adult children, Mia, Monica, Joe, Elena, Mark, Matt, George and Josh; five sisters, Ophelia, Mary, Lucy, Melba and Cecilia; two brothers, Danny and Pat; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial service and celebration of life party at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Central Lutheran Church in Arizona City.