Obituary Notices and Memorials


RANGEL, Al A native ofLos Angeles, "Big Al", as he was known to his friends, was born in October 1937. He began working at the age of 15 in a neighborhood liquor store, followed by many years selling wine forGallo. It was during this time he wasencouraged to play golf byhis management to increase sales, which he did! BigAl, who became an avid golfer, went on to work forthe National Distribution Corp. until joining the alternative transportation field in 1984. Despite having only graduated high school, thistransportation professional achieved many honors! Big Al was awarded the SCAQMD's "Clean Air Award" in 1997, in addition to countless awards fromCTS, SCAG, and Metro over his 21 years with the agencies. Big Al invested in a home in Palmdale in 2002. In 2005, Big Al used his political savvy working for three agencies includingthe City of Palmdale, Antelope Valley Transportation Authority and Antelope Valley AQMD. He thoroughly enjoyed acquiring funding, planning and implementing safety and trip assistance at the Palmdale Transportation Center where he worked until March 2008. Big Al was the kind of guy who woke up at 4 a.m., drove where ever he was needed, gave blood when asked,financial assistance, never forgot a friend's birthday, willingly volunteered his time and offered constructiveideas. Big Al also served his country by joining the Army and helping the Palmdale VA open it's doors earlier this year. Big Al was surrounded by his loved ones in his home at the time of his passing. Big Al leaves behind his three younger sisters, Esther Davania, Beatrice Topete and Maryellen Falter besides a devoted soulmate, Susan. Also grieving are his three daughters Carol Salazar, Sheryl Coslett, Sharon Sousa and son, Shawn Rangel their combined 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.Services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 10, 2010, at Halley-Olsen-Murphy Funerals & Cremations, Palmdale. Inurnment will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, April 12, 2010, at San Gorgonio Memorial Park, Banning, Calif.

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