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Albert P. Meza
March 17, 1932 - May 27, 2011

 

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 grandchildren.

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 in 1994.

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 Mary. 

A private burial with his family will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Gates, Oregon. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

 

 


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