Albert Raymond “Al” Bustillos Sr., 83, of Carpinteria, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022 from complications due to Parkinson’s disease.
As a youth, Albert lived in Las Cruces, California, and attended Vista del Mar Elementary School. He moved to Carpinteria in 1947, where he lived on Ninth Street (Hollywood) growing up. He attended Carpinteria schools including Aliso School and graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1957.
As a proud Warrior alumni, he attended many junior varsity and varsity football games, only missing when hunting was on the agenda. He embraced his Native American Chumash heritage as a member of the Ortega family, and proudly wore his red and black “Chumash” jacket.
A very proud veteran, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Fulda, Germany. He was very proud of his military service, always displaying the U.S. flag at his home in old town Carpinteria.
Albert worked at Jostens, Inc. in Summerland for 13 years, along with his brothers John and George and many locals. He worked as a welding fabricator at El Fiero Sol in Santa Barbara for a short period before being employed as a groundskeeper at Carpinteria Unified School District. He then started his own welding business, Bustillos Welding until his retirement.
Albert was instrumental in supporting Carpinteria youth sports, donating his time coaching and lining the fields for games. He also donated volunteer welding services and additional time to both the Carpinteria Youth Athletic Association, Carpinteria Valley Little League, and Carpinteria Boys and Girls Club, along with many volunteer hours to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Albert enjoyed the outdoors, especially deer hunting in the local Santa Barbara mountains and annual hunts to Colorado with family and friends.
He is survived by two brothers Robert and Vincent Bustillos; and his wife Alice “Jackie” Bustillos, with whom he recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. Albert and Jackie had three children together, all who survive him: his daughter Polly (Steve); sons Albert, Jr. (Anita), Robert (Carrie); and niece Edna (Tom).
He is also survived by his eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren (soon to be seven); and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at St. Joseph’s Church, Carpinteria. Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7. Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, followed by interment at Carpinteria Cemetery.
Donations can be made in memory of Albert to the Carpinteria Boys and Girls Club.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Pueblo Del Rey Funeral Services.