Albert Carl Hines, 75, passed away from a heart attack on July 6, 2011, at home in Mesa, Ariz. His favorite saying was "One day at a time and every day is a bonus." He truly believed that God gave him many "bonus days."
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Al was born on Aug. 4, 1935, in Wann, Okla. When he was 6 years old, his family moved to Collinsville, Okla. He graduated from Collinsville High School in 1954. His chosen profession was a pipeline welder. Al was a member of Steamfitters Local 375 in Fairbanks. He was proud of his 57 years as a member. He enjoyed the many years he worked throughout the United States and especially in the oil fields on the North Slope.
In 1956, while on a job in Camas, Wash., he met Anita Marilyn Hanning, whom he nicknamed "Lynn" and they were married four months later. She was 15 and he was 20. They lived in several states, including 13 years in Wisconsin and 36 years in Alaska. In 2009, they sold their home in Fairbanks and moved to Mesa.
Al was a member of First Assembly of God Church where he once served as a deacon.
He had a tender heart for the young people of the church as they are the next generation of leaders. He always had Werthers candy in his pocket for the children.
Al loved to travel. He took Lynn to Europe for their 25th anniversary, and they spent six weeks traveling western Europe. As a dedicated family man, Al took his family on yearly vacations and they visited all 50 states and several provinces of Canada. While living in Alaska, they spent the winters in Hawaii. They enjoyed cruising and he and Lynn took several cruises in the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal.
Al was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Stella Hines, and siblings Chester Hines, Evert Hines, Howard Hines. Beulah Pavey and Hazel Nicolas.
He is survived by his wife, Anita Marilyn "Lynn" Hines of Mesa; daughters, Alberta Crawley (Scott Poirier) of Vancouver, Wash., Alita Hines of Long Beach, Calif., and Alexa Weber (Brian) of Black Diamond, Wash.; and son Alan Hines (Wendy) of Phoenix; nine grandchildren, Shannon Warren (Patrick), Kristin Crawley, Kent Crawley, Latu Tupou (Kendra), David Burleson (Cathy), Amanda Burleson, James Burleson, Jessica Hines and Christopher Hines; seven great-grandchildren, Kenzie Ridgaway, Sa'ane Tupou, Nesi Tupou, (twins) Skylar and Aurora Burleson, Noelle Burleson and Jacob Burleson. He was affectionally known as "Grandpa Sugar."
Al and Lynn climbed Beacon Rock in the Columbia River gorge in Washington state on their first date. His remains will be spread atop Beacon Rock.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23, at First Assembly of God Church, 2830 Airport Way.
Donations may be sent to KJNP, P.O. Box 56359, North Pole, AK 99705-1359.
Condolences may be sent to Lynn Hines, 964 S. Rochester, Mesa, AZ 85206-2761.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Aug. 21, 2011