Avitia, Albert Eugene
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42, of Phoenix, Arizona, died unexpectedly while hiking on July 3, 2014. He was born November 19, 1971 to Albert and Mary Avitia in Merced, California. He graduated from Atwater High School in Atwater, California in 1990. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in English in 1994 from Arizona State University. He also earned two Master's Degrees--one in Business Administration and one in Education in 2000 from The University of Phoenix. He was a teacher at Globe High School in Globe, Arizona, where he also coached the Freshman Basketball Team and was also Assistant Basketball Coach for the Varsity Team. He was so happy when he lived in Globe. He also taught at various Phoenix schools. He was a true cancer survivor. Life has not been easy for him by any means. The cancer treatment took a toll on him, but he was a trooper and had been in remission for approximately 10 years. He loved to hike, play tennis and play basketball. He had a passion for music, especially Reggae. His favorite music artist was Yellowman. He leaves behind his pet parrot named Toby of 27 years, who was special to him. Al will be greatly missed. Al is survived by his wife, Tamarra Armstrong; his daughters Alaysia Avitia, Kaitlyn Avitia, Timmea Avitia and Samantha Avitia; Father Albert Avitia; Mother Mary Avitia; Sister Melissa Avitia Turpin (Joseph); and Niece Mia Turpin. A memorial service will be held at St. John Institutional Baptist Church at 1428 S. 13th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85007; (602) 252-5344 on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.; reception immediately following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the "Albert Avitia Memorial Fund" the account number has been changed to 7754712508 at Wells Fargo Bank.
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 10, 2014