|Birth: ||Mar. 19, 1917|
|Death: ||Sep. 4, 2000|
The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, CA, Thursday, September 7, 2000
Graveside services for Albert J. Pico, 83, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles. He died Monday at Riverside Community Hospital. The cause of death is undetermined pending a doctor's report.
Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Akes Family Funeral Home in Riverside. A rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. There will be a reception at 1 p.m. Friday at Villa Magnolia Senior Mobile Home Community's recreation hall in Riverside.
Mr. Pico who was born in San Jacinto, lived in Riverside since 1986.
He traced his ancestry by blood and marriage to the pioneer Estudillo, Pedrorena, Aguirre and Pico families in the San Jacinto Valley. He also was a distant relative of the Robidoux family in the Riverside area.
Mr. Pico managed Rancho Casa Loma for his aunts, Ruth Pico and Gertrude Pico Harrison, from the 1940s until the ranch was sold in 1961. The ranch came into family hands by marriage into the Estudillo family.
The ranch's landmark, a low hill on the Ramona Expressway at Warren Road, was established as a Spanish mission outpost in the late 1790s. The original ranch was part of the Rancho San Jacinto Viejo and Rancho San Jacinto Nuevo y Potrero Mexican land grants.
After sale of the 3,661-acre ranch, Mr. Pico moved to Lompoc, where he owned Pico's Sporting Goods and Western Wear and Pico's Gun Shop, both in Lompoc, for 25 years.
He served several years as president of Los Californianos, a statewide organization of descendants of Californians of Spanish and Mexican times. He also was a board member and past president of Jensen-Alvarado Ranch Associates, the support group for the 1870s historic home and county park in Rubidoux.
Mr. Pico attended the University of California, Berkeley.
He was honored in 1995 for 50 years of membership in the San Jacinto Lions Club, where he was a life member. He served as club president in 1947-48. He also was a life member of Elks lodges in Hemet and Lompoc.
Mr. Pico was a 4-H Club leader for 21 years. He served on a committee of the San Jacinto Unified School District. He was a director and former president of the Riverside County Farm Bureau, Lompoc Chamber of Commerce, Lompoc Economic Development Association and the Inland Empire Production Credit Association.
Mr. Pico was a parishioner of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Riverside.
He is survived by his wife, Floretta, five daughters, Valerie Jones of Denver, Margo Poloni of Oceanside, Trudy Perry and Theresa Green, both of Lompoc, and Ruth Pico of Mohave Valley, Ariz., a stepdaughter, Bruna Banks Kibby of Santa Cruz; two sons, David of Lompoc and Albert of Henderson, Nev.; two stepsons, Anthony Banks of Riverside and Philip Banks of Juneau, Alaska; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Los Angeles County
Created by: Jane Marie Morrison
Record added: Feb 18, 2012
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