November 11, 1941 ~ November 24, 2011
Alton J. Marine
Alton J. Marine, age 70, a 12-year resident of Redondo Beach, passed away on November 24, 2011, in Torrance, California, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Alton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1941, but moved to Los Angeles with his family at the age of 12. He attended Nativity School in Los Angeles, and graduated from St. Agnes High School in 1960. Thereafter, he attended Trade Tech and took some community college courses. In 1965, he was hired by the City of Inglewood, Public Services, where he worked in the Water Department. He held several positions, including pump operator, water meter repairman, and certified water treatment operator. He retired in 1997 as a lead worker and was always proud of his efforts to keep the city's water supply safe for consumption. Alton was a creative chef in the kitchen, best known for his famous Toon's Toxic Sauce, gumbo, and other traditional Creole dishes. He loved music of all types and played the conga drums and other instruments. He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, shooting pool, going to movies on Friday afternoons, and doing crossword puzzles. Above all else, Alton loved his family. He was happiest at family gatherings, where in between all the eating and laughing, he could tell stories. He was a master storyteller who enjoyed sharing tales about his childhood, family, and life. His wit, humor, and joie de vivre will be missed by all who knew him. Alton is survived by son Flynn Marine (Sandy Garcia), daughters Linda Keach (Paul), Summer Gray (Bob), and Crystal Marine; brother Peter Marine II of Northridge; sisters Marcelle Douroux of North Hills, Delores Olivier (Floyd) of Las Vegas, and Trudy Ponce (Arnold) of Woodburn, OR; and grandchildren Joshua and Jordan Keach, Jeremy Gray, and Chelsea Marine. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Alton was preceded in death by his loving wife, Kay Marine, father Pierre Marine, mother Agnelia (Haydel) Marine, brother Kerney Marine, and sisters Nelia Gaignard and Maxine Duffaut. Interment will be privately held at Pacific Crest Cemetery.
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