Salem - Al Meza,79, who
left this world to be with God on May 27, 2011, will be missed
every day by his wife, daughters, grandchildren and great
Al was born in Los
Angeles, CA in 1932 to Apolona Meza and Fermina Peres, who
emigrated from Mexico to give their children greater opportunity.
Al attended Poly High School, where he served on the
cheeleading squad and found his first and “forever and dever”
love, Murial Morgan. The
two were married on April 1, 1953, and two days later Al departed
with the Army to serve his country in Korea.
After returning, Al began his lifelong career with the
electric utilities industry, serving as a lineman and Crew Foreman
for Edison Electric and Portland General Electric until he retired
Al and Murial moved to
Salem, Oregon in 1968 and found their forever community, where
they raised their two daughters, horses, and their beloved gentle
giants, Mastiffs. Al
was most often seen behind the wheel of a motor home traveling to
dog shows, caring for his ever expanding garden, expanding his LGB
train collection, enjoying coffee on Thursday mornings with his
fellow PGE retirees, or cheering passionately at his grandsons’
football and basketball games (he never missed a single one).
For a man who measured
each day, special occasion, or trip across the country by the
quality of the meal, the diagnosis of stomach cancer might have
been unbearable, but proof of God’s grace, Al passed away one
week later in his home, surrounded by his family.
Al is survived by his
wife of 58 years, Murial, mother-in-law Myrtle Kliss of Salem,
daughters Amy Goodman and her husband Jeff of Salem and Julie
Nichols and husband Mark of Silverton, three grandchildren Rory
Nichols of Alaska, Max Goodman of Corvallis, Poppy MacDonald and
her husband Brian of Washington, DC, and two great grandchildren
Gill and Marley. Al
is also survived by two brothers, Jerry and Ralph, and sister
A private burial with
his family will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Gates, Oregon.
Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.