Alfred "Fred" Acuna

In Loving Memory of

ACUNA, Alfred "Fred"

Alfred "Fred" Acuna passed away on August 24, 2013, he was 89 years old. He was affectionately known as "Fred" to his friends and "Papa" to his family.

Fred was born July 9, 1924 in Canoga Park and raised in Santa Barbara. He attended Santa Barbara High School. During World War II, Fred proudly served our country as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946 under General Patton. His experiences in the service instilled a sense of discipline and patriotism that never left him, as friends and family will attest to the many stories he would share in his outside patio. His conversations and smiles filled those around him with comfort and laughter.

After returning from service he married his sweetheart Lucy Soria on February 19, 1948. Married for over sixty years they had two children Faye and Michael. Fred began working for the city of Santa Barbara on May 1, 1950. With over thirty-five years of service he retired on his birthday July 9, 1985. During his retirement he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He became an avid reader and treasured his numerous fishing trips and trips to Las Vegas.

Fred was a devoted family man, caring husband and loving father. He was preceded in death by his wife Lucy and son Michael. Those who brought him great joy throughout his life include daughter Faye Acuna Yzquierdo, four grandchildren Larry Yzquierdo, Erik (Liz) Yzquierdo, Tracie (Joe) Padilla and Alanna Acuna, seven great-grandchildren Joey, Reese, Taylor, Kylie, Aidan, Justus and River, sisters Connie Garcia, Maria Castillo, brothers Jessie and Albert Acuna.

Family and friends are invited to Welch Ryce Haider Funeral Chapel for viewing on Saturday August 31, 2013 from 12-5pm. Services will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Santa Barbara on Tuesday September 3, 2013 at 10:00am.

Fred Acuna, friend, brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, you will be greatly missed. May God bless you in eternal peace.

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Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels


Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, 2013