Obituary of Albert Gratton
December 5, 1926 – March 31, 2016
Resident of Scotts Valley
A private ceremony will be held for Albert Gratton who passed away peacefully at his Scotts Valley home, following a lengthy illness. Born in Oakland, California, he was 89 years old. He joined the US Marine Corps immediately after high school, at the age of 17, and was extremely proud of his service to our country during WW II.
As a member of the 4th Marine Regiment, he saw action in Guam, Guadalcanal, and the Easter Sunday invasion of Okinawa. Upon his return in 1946, he began a career as an electrician which spanned over 35 years. He retired as the Physical Plant Superintendent at UCSC, where he shared many friendships with co-workers and colleagues on the university campus.
Mr. Gratton was a passionate golfer, and belonged to Scotts Valley Gardens Golf Club, and the San Jose and Peninsula Hits and Misses Club, who played on courses ranging from Santa Rosa to Pacific Grove. He served as Course Marshall at DeLaveaga Golf Course for a time, and was a member of Scotts Valley SIRS Men’s Golf Club. Mr. Gratton was a volunteer for the Scotts Valley Police Department, caring for the department’s armory, and weapons maintenance needs. He was a familiar face at the police gun range, Markley’s Gun Shop, and loved hunting and fishing, especially with his beloved son Keith, who preceded in him death in 2014. He cherished the moments that he was able to spend in these last years, with his daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren at their weekly family luncheons at Auntie Mame’s in Scotts Valley.
Mr. Gratton is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Kathleen Gratton of Scotts Valley, his daughter, Laurie Dennis of Felton; his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Randy Rorden of Tucson, AZ; a sister, Claudia Downs of Carmichael, CA; his beloved granddaughters and their husbands; Katie and Kevin Brunkhardt, Carly and Patrick Kelly, Emily Dennis; and two great grandchildren, Finley Kelly and Hadley Brunkhardt.
Any kind acts of charity can be made in his memory to Heartland Hospice (824 Bay Avenue, Capitola, CA. 95010)
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