RIDGECREST, Calif. - On Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, a beautiful soul left this earth. Alvin L. Cleland, age 67, loving husband and father, died at the USC Norris Cancer Hospital in Los Angeles. His death was caused by complications due to treatments for non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Al, a friend to everyone he met, was a generous and caring man. He was born Feb. 10, 1941, in Monterey Park. He came to Ridgecrest in 1951, when his father took a job with NOTS at China Lake. He graduated from Burroughs High School in 1958, and worked for the U.S. Postal Service until he entered the Army in 1963. He returned to Ridgecrest and his job with the USPS in 1965. He subsequently worked for the Department of the Navy at China Lake, retiring in 1996 as a Management Analyst.
Al loved life and embraced it with a passion. He will be dearly missed by his family and his many friends.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nancy; his daughter, Melissa and her husband, Lance Hawkins. He also leaves behind his mother, Anna of Ridgecrest; his sister, Janette and her husband, Jim Oblak of Tehachapi; his brother, Ken Cleland and his wife, Andrea of Ocala, Fla. He is also survived by his brother- and sister-in-law, Stephen and Betty Palmer; and his sister-in-law, Virginia Blalock of Thomson, Ga. He was a loving uncle to Kristy Reiser and Ray Sexton; Jesse Cleland, Tiffany, Eric, and Samantha Palmer; John and Richard Blalock; and Daniel Palmer. He was an adored great uncle to Mckenna and Madison Reiser.
Al would want each and every one of his friends and family to know how much he loved them.
A private graveside service was held for family members.