Feb. 11, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Titan baseball lost a member of its family on Monday with the passing of former catcher/first baseman Ray Roman on February 9 after a nine-month battle with lymphoma. He was 46 years old.
Ray Roman Photo Gallery
Services are scheduled for Monday, February 16, 2009, at St. Hilary Catholic Church in Pico Rivera, Calif. A rosary service will begin at 9:30 a.m., immediately followed by a funeral mass, and then a celebration of his life in the adjacent Parish Hall.
Roman was born in Norwalk, Calif., and grew up in near by Artesia, where he attended Gahr High School and became an All-San Gabriel Valley League and All Southeast Section pick for the Gladiators.
"Mondo," as he was know as to family, friends and teammates, then went on to Cerritos College where he was a second-team All-Coast Conference selection for the Falcons before moving on to Cal State Fullerton his junior season.
Roman spent the 1983-84 seasons in a Titan uniform and compiled a career .272 batting average with 13 home runs and 53 RBI. He was a member of the Titans' 1984 national championship team and was later selected in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He played for five minor league teams before retiring.
Following his career in baseball, Ray pursed a vocation as an electrician. At the time of his passing he was working for Los Angeles Electric and was a member of the IBEW Local 11.
He is survived by his wife of eight and a half years, Debbie, his mother, Pricilla, his brother, Randy, a loving extended family and a bleacher full of friends.
A scholarship in his name will be established at Cal State Fullerton. Details will be forthcoming.