June 30, 2004
Al Hudson Al Hudson passed away June 23rd, 2004 at Irvine Cottage #1 in Irvine, CA after a long bout with Diabetes, Alzheimer Disease and Congestive Heart Failure.Al was the son of William Atkinson Hudson and Nancy Julia Frances Hudson who came to Santa Paula in 1908 to build two homes for George Koechig in the 600 block on Santa Paula St. When he finished he had contracts to build five more houses in the same block – so he never returned to Los Angeles. He was an excellent building contractor. He built the Ebell Club house, the Blanchard home, the Churchill home, the Masonic Temple and many others. For the last 10 years of his life he served the city of Santa Paula unselfishly and tirelessly to the interest of Santa Paula & the people of Santa Paula. His public and private career has been distinguished by a record of scrupulous honesty and integrity and commanded the respect and admiration and affection of all who knew him. He was a member of the city council when he died in November 1948. George Farad wrote about Al’s father. “He was an upright man of the strictest integrity and always as a contractor who did a good job and gave everyone more than his moneys worth”.Al was a native Santa Paulan who was born at the old Bard Hospital in Ventura on June 31, 1915. He was a resident of the Santa Paula for 80 years. Al served the city of Santa Paula in many ways as his father did.As a Boy Scout, he delivered telegrams to the people during the horrible Saint Francisco Flood Disaster in 1928 when he was 13 years old. June Maligned asked him to help her on the Humane Society Board, which he did as he loved animals.He served on the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Planning Commission for many years, which he enjoyed.He helped Boy Scout Troop #302 in Santa Paula, along with leaders Boyd Strange & Sherry Wright, where his son became an Eagle Scout.He served as a volunteer for the Santa Paula Fire Department.He served “Meals on Wheels” for shut-ins and helped with many drives to raise money for the betterment of Santa Paula.Marge & Al moved to beautiful Irvine to be near their son, Dwight and his wife Carol & their daughter, Marilyn who have been a blessing to them. Al really loved Santa Paula and wasn’t anxious to move permanently to their new home in Irvine.He made many new friends on his daily walks in the beautiful green belt where they live. After about three years it was necessary to hire a companion to walk with him and as time progressed we had to have someone with him at all times. With reluctance we finally moved him to Avalon at Woodbridge. Al had many bad falls. Marge took him for 3 long walks every day at Avalon in a walker and took him to their grand piano 3 times a week and played his favorite songs, which he enjoyed. Finally he became bed ridden, but he would still ask Marge often to take him for his walk.
Alvin was a first generation Californian. He attended McKevett School whish his father build and graduated from Santa Paula High School in 1933 as did both of his children and his wife Marjorie.Al was a Real Estate broker for better than 25 years.During WW II he served in the U.S. Army and was in the Counter Intelligence in Hawaii for 5 years.Alvin was a more than 50 year member of the Santa Paula/Fillmore Masonic Lodge No. 291 F & AM. More than 50 year member of the Ventura County Scottish Rite Bodies and a 50 year member of the Al Malaikah Shrine Temple in Los Angeles.Alvin is survived by his wife, Marjorie Geisler Hudson of almost 64 years, son Dwight W. Hudson & his Wife, Carol of Newport Beach and daughter, Marilyn Hudson Darracq of Irvine.A Masonic Memorial will be held Friday, July 2nd, 2004 at Skillin Carol Mortuary at 11:00 a.m. and a reception will follow at the Masonic Temple following the services. Visitation will be Thursday, July 1st, 2004, at the mortuary from 5-8 p.m.Donations may be made in Alvin’s name to the Al Malaikah Shrine Cripple Children’s Hospital at 665 Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca 90007.Arrangements are under the direction of the family owned Skillin Carroll Mortuary, Santa Paula, CA.

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