February 09, 1934 - September 16, 2020


Lionel Avila

Lionel was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle. Lionel was born in Oakland, California, to Anthony and Emelinda Avila who emigrated to the U.S. from Portugal. Lionel grew up in Oakland, CA and attended Frick Grammar School, Fremont High School and graduated in 1952. During Lionel’s senior year of high school, he attended tryouts for the Oakland Oaks baseball (NY Yankee affiliate) as a short stop. The Oakland Oaks were all set to sign him until they discovered he was still in high school and asked him to come back once he graduated. When he graduated from high school, there was a draft so he enlisted with the U.S. Coast Guard where he served for 5 years. During his enlistment, he served in Alaska, Japan, China, Hawaii and California. His last year of service Lionel was stationed at the light house in San Francisco’s Golden Gate. After his service with the U.S. Coast Guard, Lionel attended Laney College in Oakland and received his AA Degree. The Lawrence Livermore Lab recruited him in 1959 where he worked for 41 years. Lionel married Bonnie in 1960 and purchased their first house in Livermore, CA where they settled and raised a family. They just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August. They have 4 children, Steven, Brian, Carla and Kevin, 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Lionel loved baseball and played for the Foresters Team. He also coached Little League for 8 years and at Livermore High School for 3 years. He was an Associate Scout for the Cleveland Indians for 5 years, Los Angeles Angles for 2 years, Seattle Mariners for 2 years, Kansas City Royals for 3 years and then retired. Lionel enjoyed duck hunting and fishing. Lionel was a hard working and humble man, with the utmost integrity, who loved his family and was a friend to all. Lionel will be greatly missed. Our family takes comfort in knowing that the life he lived here on earth and his love and dedication to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that he had a fast pass to Heaven. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16. Lionel was a member of St. Michael’s Church for 60 years. After retirement, Lionel would attend daily Mass at 7:00am at St. Michael’s Church.

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