Born in 1950 to Vito and Catherine Chiala, Lloyd Richard (Rick) Chiala ’73 moved with his family from Cupertino to the Eastman Kodak Estate (Fountain Oaks Ranch) in east Morgan Hill when he was 8 years old. Growing up in Morgan Hill, “Ricky” attended Live Oak High School and graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. degree. He started his career in agriculture irrigation systems (his father was the founder of Chiala Farms, which remains a family-owned, active agricultural producer in Morgan Hill and Santa Clara County) before getting his real estate broker license. He was active in commercial real estate sales and investments while simultaneously managing the Fountain Oaks family estate. In appreciation for the beauty of nature and his home, Rick was motivated to maintain the legacy of the mansion and estate. He loved sitting in the back patio after an exhausting day, sipping on a cocktail, and munching on cheese with family and friends. Rick also enjoyed getting away to the coastal weather in Santa Cruz. Known for his caring nature, honesty, integrity, and sense of responsibility and humor, Rick was active in the community as a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Italian Catholic Federation, Fish and Game, and Leadership Morgan Hill. He died unexpectedly on May 2, 2017.

08 Nov 2018