September 1, 1941 ~ August 31, 2020

Born in: Pasadena, CA
Resided in: Carson, CA

Merritt Timothy Albin (“Tim”), a 78-year-old resident of Carson CA, passed away on Monday August 31, 2020 in Carson, CA. Tim was born in Pasadena, California, on Monday September 1, 1941.

In his early life, Tim began a line job at Lockheed Martin manufacturing helicopters and airplanes. He then excelled to the executive level as the “right-hand-man” to the department head at the time before leaving the company.

Tim was a passionate and dedicated bowler. For 43 years, Tim and his wife Diana operated their company “Albin’s Bowling Supply”, first at Gable House Bowl, then in their own pro shop in Torrance, CA and around several bowling alleys across Southern California thereafter.

Until his passing, Tim still worked on his customer’s equipment at his home pro shop. He truly loved working with his customers, not only fixing their equipment but also sharing his extensive knowledge of the sport and of the world.

Tim bowled in his final bowling tournament on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Fountain Bowl, where he was awarded fourth place after nearly six years out of competitive bowling. During this nearly 8-hour-long tournament, Tim bowled against the best in Southern California including Kevin Gannon, Marv Sargent and Jim Murtishaw and was cheered on by his best friends Larry Gray and Barry Asher.

In addition to his interest in bowling, Tim was a multi-champion in go-kart racing, drag racing and autocross. He competed for over 20 years and was awarded multiple national titles in autocross alone on top of other notable national victories in go-karts and drag racing.

Tim is survived by his wife Diana Albin, son Merritt William Albin (“Bill”), daughter-in-law June Albin and grandchildren Merritt Ryan Albin and Jessica Elizabeth Albin.

There may be a Celebration of Life hosted in 2021 depending on COVID-19 restrictions. For now, Tim’s services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at

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  1. candle 1Dear Diane, Bill and Family. I am sadden to hear the passing of Tim.
    Tim was a wonderful person, smart Go-Cart Driver and a great teacher of the art of Bowling. I remember weekly Tim would call me up at Ideal Metals and he needed a part for the Black Go-Cart. I never had so many bowling balls….
    Many great times, will be truly missed.
    Prayers to you and your family
    Jimmy Tuch

  2. Dear Diana, you and Tim were great friends for many years back in the 1960’s. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Tim and I wish you the very best going forward.
    Mike Marsh

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