I brought this story on TMC because many in the community do not know of this brilliant man. We lost our dear friend Rich Olquin (51), Tuesday, January, 17, 2017. He was greatly loved by his community and left a legacy of service that touched us all. His community involvement extended in the social cultural, medical and educational aspects of life. The City and County of Riverside were blessed to have such a civic minded individual who gave of himself.
He left his finger prints on many agencies he supported and kept community leaders engaged in the political dialog of current issues. He sat on commissions, volunteered, was an advisory to political leaders and community groups. Causes Rich cared about were Poverty Alleviation, Civil Rights, Social Action, Children’s Rights, Economic Empowerment, Education, Politics, Disability Issues and Social Services.
Rich served as Co-Chair with the Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative; President of Next Step Resources, Inc., and Member of Los Amigos of Orange County. Also was recently appointed to the City of Riverside Commission on Disability in February, 2014. As of October, 2015 Mr. Olquin was appointed by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to serve on the In Home Support Services/Public Authority Advisory Committee representing the First District. New ventures has the firm focusing on Veteran’s Affairs while he studies for his Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling while working with the Reaching New Heights Foundation to aid Veterans suffering from PTSD.
Rich was months away from receiving his Master of Arts in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor from California State University San Bernardino; he held a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix; Associates of Arts in Broadcast Communication, Radio and Television Production and Computer Animation from Fullerton College; and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University Los Angeles.
He is survived by his fiancé Alysia Webb; his sister, Cynthia Boyd; his three much loved dogs, Daisy, Dakota and Chinook. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, especially us…
All are welcome to his Memorial to celebrate his life. It will be held Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the home of Councilman Paul Davis; 1091 Crestbrook Drive, Riverside, CA 92506