Rick Cavanagh

Rick Cavanagh

June 1972 ~ August 2020

Rick Cavanagh, age 48, of Denair, California passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2020.  He was born in Santa Cruz, California and settled to Denair in 1979.  He graduated from Denair High in 1990 and learned electrical technology from Wyoteck West in Sacramento.  Rick was a volunteer for Denair Fire Department for 10 years and he enjoyed racing cars.

Rick is survived by his daughter, Kylie Cavanagh; son, Carson Cavanagh; mother, Pati (Jim) Chandler; father, Bill Cavanagh; and siblings, Danny (Rosa) Cavanagh, Tiffany (Greg) Muniz, and Staci Cavanagh.  He is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Nola Slevin.

Memorial Contributions can be made in his memory to American Diabetes Association 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202.

Celebration of life will be held on March 20th at 12 noon, 6101 Keyes Rd, Snelling, CA.  Search “Castle Noz” on Apple maps. Allen Mortuary in charge of arrangements.  Please share memories and condolences at www.AllenMortuary.com


  • Big Mike August 19, 2020 11:55 pm

    Man Rick I’m lost for words my brotha. We just spoke and talked about getting together. Rick we had some good times brotha and I will cherish them all and I’ thank god for bringing you into my life. Rest easy brother till we meet again. Love ya brotha

  • Pat Love August 20, 2020 3:33 pm

    Rest gently Ricky.
    For Kylie and Carson, Gramma Pat is sending lots of hugs.
    Danny, my heart breaks for you, keep your memories close.
    Pati, you have my deepest sympathy, one cannot prepare for this pain. God be with you all.

  • Eric anderson August 20, 2020 8:32 pm

    Ricky, as I knew him at least. I went to school with Rick from an early age. We were Denair boys and although he was a transfer in, he belonged there. Ricky was alway a jokester. Always laughing. He had a guttural laugh even as a kid. He loves cars and engines even as a young guy. It’s difficult to see how someone like Ricky could pass so early. I remember him like it was yesterday and his smiling face comes to light when I think of him. Ricky was always a good guy and s as ltnough I had not seen him much in recent years, I had seen him. My condolences to his family. It never feels right or fair when someone we like or respect or loves passes earlier than we think they should. This is no different. Ricky was a good guy. I’ll miss him. Eric Anderson

  • Maria Egleston August 21, 2020 1:50 am

    Rick my dear friend I just cant wrap this around my mind, just talked to you last week. I have many fond memories of you and my Bill in racing but most of all the friendship you 2 had. My Bill prayed for you EVERY day and called you often to check on you and I always remember the 2 of you laughing all the time together. I love you my friend and I am so glad your not in pain anymore, hope you and my Bill are laughing it up together up in heaven and racing each other on those streets of gold.

  • Frank and Maria Antonieta Amarante August 21, 2020 1:54 am

    Our sincere condolences and prayers to the Cavanagh family .

  • Tonya Silva August 21, 2020 2:07 am

    Kylie, Carson and family my deepest sympathies goes out to you! I have so many memories of amazing and pretty crazy times! A few of us that used to hang out back in the day were actually just reminiscing the other day of our crazy adventures in a Rent-A-Car. It was a wild ride none of us will ever forget! Your dad was always the life of the party! He was the best man in our (Aaron)wedding and like a brother to both of us! We lost touch over the last 10 years but still remember all the good times! RIP my friend

  • Shannon Asbill August 21, 2020 3:38 am

    My heart breaks hearing this. Life was definitely never dull with you around. My love and prayers are with your family. You will be missed.

  • Brenda Cruse August 21, 2020 3:40 am

    Rest In Peace Rick….Billy so sorry for your loss my condolences to you and your family. I know your pain, I lost my son two years ago the 19th at age 49. Prayers for you all that God will give you comfort and peace.

  • Lisa Creech August 21, 2020 5:42 am

    So sad to hear this. RIP Ricky, you always new how to make people laugh and put a smile on their face! You will be missed, Prayers for your family❤

  • Elise August 21, 2020 5:46 pm

    I will cherish all the memories from when we where younger. I remember Pati and dad taking us out for pizza when we would visit in the summers when we where kids. Now as grown ups whenever I would visit dad and Pati you always made time to visit with us. I can’t believe you are gone. I miss you. Go race cars in heaven! We love you. Elise, Chris, Genevieve and Juliana

  • Pedro Andrade August 21, 2020 7:10 pm

    Got the pleasure of doing electrical work with Rick and learning from him at some point. Prayers to his family.

  • Robert Mikkelsen August 21, 2020 8:16 pm

    Ricky C. I’m shocked. Not sure what to say. I think Tonya said it best. We had some good times at the Lot, Pismo, cruising, and where ever. I haven’t seen you around much lately but you did stop by the Lot a while back. Remember when the motor home starts you better move your tent. RIP Ricky.

    Robert Mikkelsen

  • Lynn & Dorothy Mobley August 21, 2020 11:02 pm

    Our thoughts are with you and your extended family. Your Dad was always like a brother to us, from back in 1957 when we three met on the same day. Take care and keep good memories right up front, in your mind and in your heart. They will lead you through this.

  • CHENOA Sterling August 29, 2020 3:02 pm

    Rick I was a Ball of Fire … Always trying to live his best life . Had many memories at the races watching rick drive His race car. I have never seen someone love the track as much as he did . Rest In Peace buddy ❤️

  • Allisun Pearce August 29, 2020 11:00 pm

    I remember always seeing Rick at one of chenoas parties and he always want me to call him dad and I always thought of him as a dad and I’m gonna really miss him my favorite memory it was whenever he used to tell me that I should go be a nurse flight pilot i will miss him dearly

  • Dora Villa September 18, 2020 5:21 pm

    Glad I had the opportunity to talk and catch up prior to your passing. Prayers go out to your family and children. you will be missed by many, DHS Class of 1990 will never forget u!

    RIP my friend
    Dora Casso

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