Born July 12, 1923, in Sunnyvale to Emilio and Giuseppina Ravizza of Asti, Italy, Herman John “Bud” Ravizza ’49 was the youngest of three siblings and the first to attend college at SCU. He served proudly as an Army “Railsplitter” in the 84th infantry on the European Front, earning a Purple Heart. He was greatly honored to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., with KFBK Freedom Flight. His early career with Chevrolet Motors took him to Sacramento, where he soon wed and changed course to real estate, founding Donovan & Ravizza Real Estate in 1964 and DRW Realtors. He was an industry leader for over 50 years, helping to shape the face of Sacramento. A lifelong devout Catholic, Bud was a member of St. Ignatius and St. Charles, where he co-chaired the church building fund, and he and Freda worked tirelessly for the children of Moral Values Program (MVP). Extensive travel with his darling Freda kept his spirit young, and he shared their love of adventure and entertaining with his large tribe. Bud’s final years were marked by an ever-present gratitude for all whom he interacted with, including dear caregivers Robert, Seta, and Mata. A fun-filled zest for life is the legacy he gifted to us all. At 95 years old, Bud passed peacefully on July 1, 2019. A charismatic hero known for endless generosity, he was loved deeply by so many. Bud embodied the very best of the “Greatest Generation,” eternally thankful for the country and family he came home to after WWII. He is survived by his adored wife of 29 years, Freda Percival Ravizza, and daughters by his deceased first wife, Mary Frazer Ravizza: Julie (Alan) Mietus, Suzanne Moreno, Paula (Steve) Harrison, and Tina (Vince) Ravizza-Blumenfeld. He is also survived by a stepdaughter and stepson with Freda, Catherine Miller Popovic (Kosta) and Andrew Miller. His beloved grandchildren are Jacqueline, Noelle and Meghan Mietus, Jace, Brady and Macee Moreno, Joe, Danielle and Cameron Harrison, Jack, Evan and Elliana Blumenfeld, and Milla Popovic.

27 Aug 2019