Deaths: February 19, 2002

February 19, 2002


A Mass was celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday in St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Loma Linda for Ralph M. Precie, 87, of Colton, a former Imperial Valley resident who died of a heart attack Feb. 7 in county Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.

Burial was in Montecito Memorial Park in Colton.

Mr. Precie was born Oct. 22, 1914, in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. He lived in the Imperial Valley before relocating to Colton.

In the late 1930s, Mr. Precie worked for Edgar Brothers, which is now El Centro Motors.

He co-owned a grocery store in Heber with partner John Bertussi. He also owned a hog ranch in Heber, some apartments in El Centro and was partners with his parents in a dairy business with his parents in Corona.


In 1939 he went to work for Southern Pacific Railroad in El Centro, from which he retired.

He was a loving father and grandfather, who will be missed by all who knew him, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Viola Precie, in 1959; sons-in-law Bill G. Bobbitt in 2000 and Mike Obeso in 2002; and grandchildren Anna and Katherine Yslava and Matthew Precie.

Survivors include his wife, Estella Precie of Colton; daughters, Marian Bobbitt of El Centro, Inez Obeso of Holtville, Helen Morales of Colton and Arlene Moheit of Moreno Valley; sons, Manuel and Tony Precie, both of Redlands, and Ralph, Robert and Albert Precie, all of Colton; brothers, Marion Precie of Anthony, N.M., and Mike and Raymond Precie, both of Riverside; 29 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchildren.

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