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Arthur Alvidrez


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Arthur Alvidrez Obituary
April 19, 1921 - January 5, 2016 Arthur Alvidrez passed away on January 5, 2016 after declining health over the past 7 months. Born in El Monte, California, he was the 7th of ten children to parents Aaron and Severa Alvidrez. Art was proud of the large family that raised him which included stepsisters and stepbrothers Mae, Phyllis, Alvin, Joseph, Jimmy, William and Vickie, and brothers Fritz, Frank, and George. He became beloved Uncle Art to dozens of nieces and nephews. He attended Roosevelt High School in East Los Angeles where he excelled in gymnastics, particularly tumbling and trampoline. After graduating, he met Mary Magdalene Loera who became the love of his life. Mary was the eldest of seven children born to musician parents, and their common family background was a bond that kept them together forever. He married his sweetheart in 1941, and began their family with sons Stanley and Richard. During WWII, he was drafted into the US Navy and trained as a radioman and gunner for a naval torpedo bomber. Fortunately, Japan surrendered before he was assigned to the Pacific theater. He finished his Navy tour as a Shore Policeman in Los Angeles. After his discharge, Mary and Art had three more sons: Michael, Tim, and Arthur Jr. Art worked in manufacturing, drove a taxi, and later worked and managed a service station for Standard Oil Company. His last and perhaps most enjoyable occupation was driving a school bus for the Alhambra School District, up to his retirement in 1985. He and his wife soon moved to Friendly Valley retirement village in Santa Clarita. Always active and athletic, Art enjoyed swimming, body surfing, cycling, tennis, and golf. He and his wife Mary often won senior category awards in tennis at the Alhambra Tennis Club and elsewhere. He was a fan of Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers. He enjoyed jazz, good food, family gatherings, and almost any kind of fruit. He made many friends wherever he was. Art was especially proud of his own family that includes 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. His wife Mary, five sons, and brothers Frank and George survive him. Per his wishes, his cremation ashes will be returned to the ocean. Memorial services are pending.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 28, 2016
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