|Birth: ||Jan. 13, 1934|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Jun. 2, 2012|
Los Angeles County
Quiet, reserved and logical are trademark qualities that friends and family might use to describe Albert D. Ambriz. Albert was an intuitive person. Always conscientious and focused on details, Albert was a person who loved to imagine the possibilities of life.
Albert was born on January 13, 1934 in his mother's house in Irwindale, California. He was the son of Mercy Delayo Ambriz. He was a life long resident of Irwindale, California. Albert did not have to surround himself with people to be content. He was the type of person who enjoyed being alone rather than be part of a large crowd.
Albert was adaptable and had good listening skills which he would use to his advantage when it came to family life. He grew up with six siblings. He had three older brothers: Phillip, Steve, and Jesse, he had two younger brothers: Bernardino and Eufemio, and one younger sister, Julia. He rarely shied away from family discussions. He would debate with his siblings but if it turned into an argument, Albert would often turn it into an agreement. In general, the family got along well and shared many memorable experiences.
In grade school, Albert gravitated toward others who shared similar interests and enjoyed both academics and physical activity. He was always curious about what made things work, and he would excel at the things that called more for "brain" power. Albert took part in football and baseball. He delighted in the projects that required planning, exploration and solution. Albert's memorable achievements included being the lead actor in his eighth grade graduation play.
Once he set his sights on an academic track that excited him, he would easily pass up his classmates, turning out quality work and setting high academic standards. He enjoyed the Real Estate and Mechanic courses at Citrus Community College. Albert earned his Real Estate License in 1970.
Although Albert had a small group of friends, they were a close knit group and he enjoyed spending time with them. He liked to be able to engage them in discussions on the many topics he found interesting. Those who knew him well might describe Albert as a good listener who could bring out a type of understanding from those around him that even surprised them. He was passionate in his commitments and would never intentionally hurt anyone. While growing up, some of his best friends were Louis D. Fraijo, Matthew R. Fraijo, Alfonso F. Cruz, Fred D. Fraijo, Arthur D. Fraijo, Julian Miranda, and Freddie Herrera. Later in life, he became friends with Ralph D. Fraijo, Fidel D. Fraijo, Ben and Richard Johnson, Frank Flores, Tony Silva, Santos Diaz and Richard Breceda.
Albert finally found connection and fulfillment when on December 7, 1951; he exchanged wedding vows with Virginia Diaz Fraijo. Virginia was influential in Albert's life and brought a dimension of emotion and feelings to a man who mostly lived in his intellect. Albert grew, blossomed and became more balanced because of their love and compassion.
Albert was a hard worker and a good provider who loved his family. Albert was blessed with three children, One son, Albert Jr., and two daughter's Betty and Marylouise. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Robert, Rudy, Sam, Virginia, and Elisa. Albert's sense of fun was often unleashed in his puns and witty, intelligent quips. It delighted him when the children and grandchildren would banter back and forth with him in this brainy exchange of mind contests. The children always knew how much Albert loved them.
Finding the right type of job can be a challenge for anyone, but that was especially true for Albert D. Ambriz. He needed to find a career that would challenge him. His primary occupation was Truck Driver. He was employed for 23 years with Harrison-Nichols LTD. Albert was a dedicated and valued employee and was respected by his colleagues.
Albert was an Army veteran. He was in the 82nd Airborne from 1954-1957. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Private First Class. He received several awards including a National Defense Service Medal and Parachute Badge. Albert was an asset to the military system. He had the ability to appreciate the logic necessary to succeed in a regimented life style.
Hobbies were more than fun for Albert because he challenged himself to learn the theory behind the actual activity. Knowing how things worked was more incentive than just performing and completing the task. His favorite pursuits were coin collecting, hunting and fishing, boating, and water skiing. He also enjoyed raising chinchillas, horses, and breeding English Bulldogs.
Albert served his community with coaching youth baseball for Northview Little League. Politically, Albert was a strong supporter for the "Incorporation" of The City of Irwindale. He became the First Foreman of the Irwindale Public Works Road Department.
Albert's strong sense of faith helped him remain focused on the needs and concerns of others. These values brought him strength and helped to reinforce the importance of both his faith and the practice of his religion. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church since birth. During that time, he graded the Church grounds of the original church on Arrow Highway.
Albert planned well for retirement so when it finally arrived in 2007 at the age of 73, he was well prepared. He worked out many of the details in advance so that he could enjoy the time and not have to worry. He retired to the home he built for his wife in 1959. In retirement, he found new pleasure in planting fruit trees and rebuilding cars with his grandsons.
Albert D. Ambriz passed away on June 2, 2012 at Inter-Community Hospital in Covina, California. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Virginia, his children Albert, Betty, and Marylouise; His son-in-law Ramiro and daughter-in-law Annie; his grandchildren Robert, Rudy, Sam, Virginia, and Elisa; and great-grandson Rhett; and his sister Julia Burrola and Brother's Bernardino and Eufemio. Services were held at Oakdale Mortuary Sunset Chapel. Albert received a full military service and was laid to rest in Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora, California.
Those who knew and loved Albert will miss his quiet gentleness, his curiosity and his ability to often turn work situations into fun experiences. He leaves all those who knew him with many wonderful memories.
Mercy Delayo Ambriz (1907 - 1995)
Oakdale Memorial Park
Los Angeles County
Created by: Marylouise Fraijo Ambriz
Record added: Jun 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91739896