Alberto De Leon, 89, passed away at his home in Pasco, Washington, Thursday, May 30, 2019.
He was born in Carrizo Spring, TX to Alfredo and Maria De Leon. He was one of 8 children. In 1945 he ventured to the state of Washington, making his way from Walla Walla to Mabton, and ending up at Yakima Chief Ranch, where he was hired on the spot. This is where his career in the Hop Industry began. He loved what he did and was well known throughout the region for his vast knowledge of Hop farming.
While working at Yakima Chief Ranch, Alberto met the love of his life, Olga Cerrillo. Alberto was drafted into the Army in May of 1951, shortly before he was to leave for Germany a promise of marriage was made. And upon his return, on July 12, 1954 Albert and Olga were married. Their daughter Guadalupe Evans was born in 1960.
Alberto was a man who was respected and admired. His love for his family, his country, and his amazing work ethic showed in all the things he did and had accomplished throughout his life. We are all truly blessed to have had such an amazing man in our lives.
Alberto was preceded in death by his father, Alfredo De Leon, his mother, Maria De Leon, and his beloved wife, Olga De Leon.
He is survived by his daughter, Guadalupe (Gordan) Evans; his grandchildren, Nicholas (Araceli) Rojas, Julian Rojas, and Miranda Rojas (Richard); and his two great-grandchildren, Avigail and Maddox Rojas.
Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Sunnyside. Following the service he will be laid to rest at Mabton Cemetery in Mabton. Those wishing to sign Alberto’s online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Homes in care of arrangements.