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Albert Orta

Obituary for Albert Orta

August 7, 1929 - November 22, 2017
Sacramento, California | Age 88



Albert Orta, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 surrounded by his loving family at his home in Sacramento, California. He was born on August 7, 1929 in San Antonio, Texas. The family has resided in Sacramento since 1975 when Albert took a position with the Sacramento Army Depot.

Albert is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Mary Orta, their 12 children, Sylvia Longoria (Henry), Bertha Arriola (Conrad), Blanche Orta, Albert Orta Jr., (Sheila), Debbi Gibbs (William), Daniel Orta (Julie), David Orta (Gloria), Edward Orta, Jacob Orta, Steven Orta (Veronica), Patricia Hernandez (Edward), Lisa Wolfe (Scott); 31 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Albert's career began in 1946 after completion of his entry level training at Lackland Air Force Base as a member of the United States Air Force. There, he tracked and noted weather cycles. Soon thereafter, he was promoted to work on the base's radar and communication equipment as an electronics technician.

After his service with the United States Air Force, Albert continued to serve his country as an engineer with the United States Department of Defense at Lackland Air Force Base. His talents for engineering were well recognized and his responsibilities increased. Early in his career, he found himself traveling to well over fifty countries briefing Commanding Generals and U.S Embassy Ambassadors on communicative data and command post installation projects on behalf of the United States Military. His missions took him to Europe, the Philippines, Indo-China and to countries in Africa and South America, just to name a few.

Albert also worked on military aircraft as a radar engineer and found himself assisting on the improvements and installation of radar systems in the early B series military aircraft: B29, B36, B47 and B52. Albert's work was so noted as a leader and accomplished engineer that he was assigned to equipping and testing radar systems in the early F series military aircraft: F84, F86A, F89, F102 and F106. His proud accomplishment was his role as the lead engineer in the development and installation of new radar technology for the United States Air Force's F102 Delta Dagger, a $6million project at the time of his assignment.

His outstanding accomplishments and his willingness to serve our nation faithfully was recognized by President Jimmy Carter and a host of Generals and Ambassadors acknowledging his incredible service to our nation. On Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, Albert was presented with a Congressional Record honoring his incredible service to our nation by Congressman John Garamendi in the U.S House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

Visitation and Rosary will be on Thursday, December 7th at Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough, San Antonio; Public viewing 5-7pm, Rosary at 7pm.

Mass will be on Friday, December 8th at Our Lady of Grace, 223 E. Summit Ave, San Antonio at 8:30am followed by burial at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, Texas.

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