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Al Apodaca

Passed away October 11, 2016 at age 88. He was born August 19, 1928 to Elena Samuels and Octavio Apodaca.
He attended Gardena Elementary School and graduated from Gardena High School.
He served in the U.S. Army as a member of the 6th Army Band at the Presidio in San Francisco and Korea where he was injured in combat. He later attended the Music & Arts Conservatory of San Francisco.
Following his honorable discharge, he graduated from El Camino College and Cal State University, Long Beach.
In 1956, he began his career in education and worked in the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Torrance Unified and Los Angeles School Districts. He taught vocal music, math and Special Education. After 27 years of teaching, he retired in 1983.
He started playing at age 12 and bought his first saxophone at age 14. He led small and big bands, playing in jazz festivals, summer concert series and art festivals in Palos Verdes, Hermosa Beach, Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, Redondo Beach and Palm Desert, the Light House in Hermosa and the Jerry Colona Lounge Show. In Palm Springs, he played at assisted living facilities, senior centers, the Stroke Center, the Five Star Club, with the Debonaires Big Band and the Joe Pinto Band.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Apodaca; daughter, Teri Apodaca; granddaughter, Elena Hall; three stepsons, Evan Moore, Keith Moore and Ryan Moore; four step grandsons, his brother Al Jimenez, his two sisters, Julie Holt and Rosalinda Morris and 13 nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held October 30, 2016 at the Doubletree by Hilton, 21333 Hawthorne Bl., Torrance, from 12-4pm. Musicians are welcome to bring their instruments.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in his name to the . Sign guestbook at dailybreeze.com/obits
Published in Daily Breeze on Oct. 26, 2016
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