ALBERT P. MORALEZ
Jan. 5, 1929 - Jan. 16, 2013
Albert Moralez passed away on January 16, 2013 after a brief illness. He was born on January 5, 1929 in Brawley, CA. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Manuel and Soledad; his brothers, Felipe and Lupe and his sister, Matilda (Moralez) Russell.
Albert is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Barbara; his sister, Dolores (Moralez) Zavala of Yucaipa, CA; and his brother, Valentine Morales (Lupe) of Palm Springs, CA. He was a loving uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.
Albert was a highly decorated Korean War Veteran, the recipient of the Silver Star, Purple Heart, and other numerous medals. He was an active member of the Veterans of the Korean War organization.
He was an active member of his Parish community, St. Mary's Catholic Parish in El Centro. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men's fraternal organization.
Albert retired from the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) after 43 years of public service. It was said by those who attended the retirement party that there had never been such a large celebration for a job well done. During his career, he touched many lives in a professional and positive way. Jorge Carrasco, Superintendent of Seattle City Light, remembers Albert as a man of integrity and honesty. For Albert, IID was not just a job, but a place to work with many friends. Long after he retired, he continued to have lunch with many of the friends he had at IID.
Albert was a man of many talents. He was an accomplished artist with many of his paintings hanging in his home and in the homes of family and friends. He enjoyed playing chess with anyone who would dare to play him, especially with his many nieces and nephews. His favorite game was Mexican Train, a domino game, whose rules could change depending on who Albert was playing. He was known for his infectious smile and great sense of humor. Wherever he went, he made many friends.
Albert enjoyed traveling with his wife, Barbara. They took trips to Nicaragua and Europe. A special trip was when he and Barbara celebrated their 25th anniversary in Venice, Italy. They traveled throughout Europe visiting family and friends in Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. They also enjoyed trips to San Diego, Palm Springs, and Los Angeles. Albert enjoyed games of chance and would often be seen at the local Indian casinos. An occasional trip to Las Vegas was not unusual with family and friends.
Albert was a man whose life of a 84 years was filled with love. He will be missed by all who knew him.
All are welcomed to attend services to celebrate the life of Albert P. Moralez. Visitation will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church on January 23, 2013 beginning with a rosary at 6 p.m. and continuing with visitation until 9 p.m. On January 24, 2013, a mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's with a graveside service with full military honors at Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro. St. Mary's Catholic Church is located at 795 S. La Brucherie Rd. in El Centro.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer. Society.
Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Jan. 22 to Jan. 24, 2013