Albert Louis Boubion, Sr., 94, died peacefully in his sleep on Oct. 6, 2021.
He was born to David Boubion and Maclovia Duran Boubion on July 6, 1927, in Los Angeles. He grew up in Boyle Heights with his five brothers and five sisters.
He went to Roosevelt High School where he lettered in gymnastics. After graduation, he enlisted in the Marine Corps during WWII. He was sent to China where he learned to speak Mandarin, earning various medals, including his favorite, Sharpshooter. After joining the Reserves, he married the love of his life, Martha Holguin and had four beautiful children.
Albert worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a walking letter carrier for 39 years in Downtown LA and Brentwood. He attributed his healthy physique to all of the walking he had done during those years. He also worked a second job at Los Angeles Times for 25 years.
During his lifetime, he enjoyed raising dogs and birds. He built many aviaries with pigeons, pheasants, fancy chickens, doves, and parrots. He loved reading the paper and National Geographic magazines. He enjoyed talking to anyone who would listen about historical facts or nature. He especially enjoyed talking to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren about the wonders of the world, how he was one of the first Americans to enter the Forbidden City, China and loved teaching Mandarin. He had a terribly honest nature and a noteworthy sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. His body was physically strong and his mind was sharp until the end.
Albert is survived by his daughter, Marie Leon and husband David, of Yucaipa; his daughter, Cindy Barraza and husband Danny, of El Monte; grandchildren Mark Leon of Hesperia, Maryalice Williams of Yucaipa, Angela Torres of Yucaipa, Jennifer Barraza of Azusa, Jeanette Vasquez of La Verne, Daniel Barraza of El Sereno, Rayanne Boubion of Covina, and Albert Boubion, Jr., of El Monte, as well as 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
There was a military honors service on Thursday, Oct. 14, at Resurrection Cemetery in Monterey Park.