AL AMIRAULT Class of 1966
Amirault, Al, a resident of Spanish Springs, Nevada for the past 7 years and longtime resident of Orange County, California, joined his family and friends that passed before him in his heavenly home on February 11, 2012 following his courageous battle with brain cancer. Al spent his last days at home surrounded by his family and friends sharing memories of their lives together and sharing lots of laughter and joy. Al was blessed with lots of communication with his family and friends over the past few months and especially the last days of his life sharing how much they all loved and cared for one another. Nothing was left unspoken, so when Al passed from this life to the next he knew he was loved and how much he will be missed by everyone.
Al was born in Burbank, California on February 7, 1948 to Augustin Alfred Amirault and Florence Evelyn Amirault.
Al is survived by his wife, Pamela Amirault; four sons from previous marriages, Todd, Aaron, Ryan and Travis; his sister, Kristi Florin; brothers-in-law, Peter Florin and Glen Randy Mozingo; nephew, Philipp Florin; nieces, Nikole Florin-Smith, Erin Florin, Shawna Rogers, Catherine Mozingo, Jennifer Mozingo; great nephews, Sean Florin and Dahani Smith; great nieces, Katie Rogers, Brianna Rogers, Tessie Rogers; best friends, Dave and Shari Cooke, Dennis and Pam O’Hare, Bob Retzer, Bill and Kathy Retzer, Mike Martin; and many many friends that he loved and loved him throughout his life.
Al made friends so easily and many new friendships that he formed after moving to Nevada helped sustain him through his illness that he was deeply grateful for. Al’s friends Dennis O’Hare, Harry MacAnally, Jim Lacy, and Bob Conatser helped Al and Pam by taking Al to radiation treatments that were required every day for a period over 6 weeks offering their friendship, support and encouragement.
Al attended Garden Grove High School from 1963 to 1966 where he had many athletic achievements as a star quarterback for the Argonauts. Al was ranked among the County’s leading quarterbacks and named “Best” Quarterback in 1965 where the head coaches were quoted stating that “Al Amirault demonstrated a lot of poise, a strong arm, and good leadership skills” leading Garden Grove High to the Freeway League Championship. Al continued his football career at Fullerton Junior College for the Hornets and was recruited by John McKay at USC, Coach Myrel Moore at UCLA, and many other colleges throughout the United States. Al chose Colorado State to continue his football career until he was injured and unable to continue his outstanding career performances at Colorado. Al was an accomplished golfer and fisherman. However, Al’s greatest passion was fishing. Al started fishing as a young boy with his father where they began a tradition of family trips each year to June Lake, California. June Lake became such a special place for Al that he continued the tradition with his best friends, Bob Retzer, Dave Cooke and Dennis O’Hare in their annual fishing trips together at June Lake. Al’s favorite spot at June Lake was a special fly fishing spot at Rush Creek where Al’s ashes will be scattered at his request, later this year and memorialized by a cross and marker with his name and the following phrase that Al selected before his passing. “Whoever believes in me… streams of living water will flow from within” John 7:38.
Al loved animals and had a very special bond with each animal that he brought into his life. Al is survived by his dogs, Cody and Gracie; his cat, Jesse James; and horse, Laddie. His dog Cody was by his side without fail every day throughout his illness. Al could not go from one room to another without Cody by his side. The last few days of Al’s life Cody refused all walks or any activity that would require him to leave Al. Upon Al’s passing Cody laid upon his bed licking Al’s face and hands to say his goodbye. Gracie still waits by the front door every night waiting for his return. Jesse James walks through the house at night howling looking for Al, as Laddie waits by the back gate for Al to come with his carrots. We all miss Al so much. A celebration of life memorial for Al will be held on March 31, 2012 at the home of Al’s sister Kristi Florin in Garden Grove, California beginning at 12:00 noon. All family and friends of Al’s are invited to attend please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com”>firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com for directions. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the ASPCA or the American Cancer Society for the research and treatment of brain cancer. When you think of Al, he would want you to remember that he continues to live in glory. He will be with all of us again making us laugh and rejoice in eternity with him. He wanted to share this closing thought with his family and friends. “I will cherish all the friendship, I was fortunate to find, all the love and all the laughter, in the place I leave behind. All these good things will go with me, they will make my spirit glow, and that light will shine forever, in the next place that I go.”
Published in Orange County Register from Mar. 18 to Mar. 25, 2012