ALVIN JOHN MARQUES
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MARCH 9, 1925 - JUNE 30, 2013
Alvin John Marques was born to John and Maria Marques on March 9, 1925 in Los Banos and passed away June 30, 2013. Alvin was a dairyman for over 40 years with his brother Victor. He served in the US Army 1950-1952 in Germany and one of his proudest moments was when he drove General Dwight D. Eisenhower in his Army Jeep. He belonged to the VFWPost 2487 as Quartermaster, American Legion Post 166 as Commander. He also was the Commander of the Color Guard which presented the American Flag at our local home high school football games for 42 years, parades, funeral and local schools. He was a member of the Golden Agers and the Ken Anderson Golf Tournament Committee. He received numerous accolades for his community service including being chosen the Grand Marshall of the 2002 May Day Fair.
Alvin showed his patriotism by expressing his pride and love for the American Flag by posting them throughout the community on patriot holidays. He was an avid fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Alvin was also known as a great cook. He and his crew would often cook for several community events. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Alvin married the love of his life Annette on June 5, 1954.
Alvin in preceded in death by his parents John and Maria Marques, and a brother Ernest Marques.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years Annette Marques. Children: Mike Marques (Lisa), Steve Marques (Toni), and Lori Marques. Grandchildren: Michael, Kelsi and Dylan. Brother: Victor Marques (Katie). Numerous nieces, nephews and many friends and Grand Dogs "Cowboy" and "Tess".
in Lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Los Banos VFW Post 2487, c/o 1364 Dove Street or donors choice.
Services will begin on Monday, July 8, 2013 at Whitehurst Funeral Chapel with a visitation 9am-10am; the rosary will be recited at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at 10am and the mass will follow. Burial will be held at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery at 12:30. Services are under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Chapel~Los Banos.
Published in Merced Sun Star from July 4 to July 5, 2013