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Al Valdes, born April 17, 1930 in Los Angeles to Alfonso Valdes and Julia Beraud, died peacefully at home Sunday, May 13, 2012 after losing his battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was a longtime resident of Hermosa Beach and served as a Hermosa Beach planning commissioner in 1964 and 1965, was elected to the city council from 1966 to 1974 and was mayor in 1967 and 1972. Al and Naoma Valdes married in 1955; they were together for 57 years. He also leaves his close family, consisting of his son Todd Valdes, Todd's wife, Leilani, and grandchildren Alexander, Nicholas and Caroline; his daughter, Sherry Slosson, her husband, Richard, and grandchildren, Eric Slosson and Jenna Slosson Narayanan, her husband Satish and great-granddaughter, Maya Narayanan; and his sister Maria del Carmen Brambila.

Al was a dentist in Redondo Beach for over forty years; after retirement he served as a member of the faculty at the USC School of Dentistry for ten years and volunteered for many years at the South Bay Free Clinic. He graduated from Los Angeles High School and the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. Before attending dental school, he served in the California National Guard during its deployment in the Korean conflict. He loved books, skiing, golf, and was an ardent USC football fan - never missing a home game for almost 60 years. At his request there will be no service, but friends and family are invited to celebrate his life and share memories at a reception starting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, to be held at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach. Please go to www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages and share memories. Sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.

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Published in Daily Breeze on May 27, 2012
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