BADGE 344 & 372
SDPD 12/07/1945 - 01/14/1972
  11/10/1918 - 08/22/2005
Loving husband, father, police officer, and valiant member of the 4th Marine Division was welcomed into Heaven by his Lord on August 22, 2005. He died at home surrounded by his wife of 59 years, Marion and his children: Jeri Cota, Christine Gore, Mark Cota, Kathleen Emery, Arleen Cota, Dr. Laureen Cota, Andreen Fitzgerald, and Kara Jovalusky.

He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1941. Albert served in the Pacific Theater, surviving landings on Roi Namur, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. He proudly referred to himself as "One hell of a Marine!"

Al returned to his birthplace of San Diego in 1945.

He joined San Diego Police Department in December of that year, and retired in 1972 after 26 years of service.

He began working as a security supervisor at SDG&E, eventually retiring in 1984.

Papa was a dedicated and excellent provider.

He was never happier than when he was surrounded by his family. He loved the mountains and especially enjoyed drives to Julian. Ah, Nutz! We will miss you Papa
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