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Alfred Emerson Marques

He was born on July 27, 1926 in Los Angeles to Alfred and Alice Marques. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 14, 2013 in Corona. He had previously lived in Redondo Beach for over 35 years. Al met the love of his life, Joann Johnson, while they were both enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Long Beach during WWII. Joann was a nurse and Al was a corpsman. He was stunned by her beauty as she walked by and he could not resist an appreciative whistle. Insulted by his insolence, she stuck her nose high in the air and marched right by him. A few steps later, much to her chagrin, she slipped and fell on a banana peel. Al hurried to assist her, and this became the start of a wonderful love story. They were married soon after and remained devoted to one another for 66 beautiful years. Al worked as a petroleum landman for Mobil Oil, Occidental Petroleum and Aminoil. In the early adventurous days of his career his work took him to Alaska, up and down the West Coast and across the Rocky Mountain states. Throughout his life he had a passion for learning and enjoying new experiences. He could do an amazing array of things very well. He was an accomplished furniture builder and cabinet maker, a skilled auto mechanic, a custom car builder and painter, a welder who created everything from spiral staircases to indestructible barbecues. Al was the consummate do-it-yourselfer. It seemed Al had every hand tool and power tool ever made, including ones he made himself. He was a master at the grill, always sending great smells wafting over the neighborhood. A lifelong beachgoer, he enjoyed body surfing as well as fishing and sailing. He was a boxer in the Navy who took up martial arts in his 40's. He was an aficionado of guns and ammo and a hunter. Al was also an avid golfer. He was a drag racer during the mid-to-late 1960's heyday of the American muscle car. Al enjoyed reading history and biographies, especially on topics pertaining to the U.S. Civil War era. He loved music and he often listened to classical, big band, jazz and many other forms, frequently at high volume as his family and neighbors would cheerfully attest. He is survived by wife Joann of Corona and his three children: Dani Rae (Jim) of Corona, Dean Marques (Lois) of Corona and Dr. Todd (Becky) Marques of Pleasanton, CA. He also is survived by six grandchildren: Brian Rae of Long Beach, Daniel (Kelly) Marques of Lockport, IL, Lauren (Channon) Cain of Austin, TX, Captain Paul (Bridget) Marques of West Point, NY, Neil Marques of Ithaca, NY and Reed Marques of Pleasanton, CA. In addition, he is survived by two great granddaughters. He was predeceased by his only sibling, his sister Beverly Johnson. His family misses him dearly. As busy as he was, his family was still his biggest interest. Services are private. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Aug. 27, 2013
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