Alfonso E Garcia, Jr, 66, was called home. He lived a very full and exemplary life and will be greatly missed. \n\nHe was born in Albuquerque, NM on March 10, 1955 to Alfonse E Garcia, Sr and Ida Francis Hernandez. As a boy he was a real “go getter”. At 5 years old he would watch his next door neighbor go to work delivering for the bakery and would beg his parents to go tag along. Eventually they broke down and let him go on a full day of deliveries. He was paid in bakery goods which he proudly brought home to his family. Fast forward 10 years and he asked his dad for help purchasing a lawn mower so he could start his own lawn mowing business. He built it so big that he hired out work to other neighborhood kids and paid them fairly, while still keeping his cut. Always the businessman. \n\nHe grew up in El Paso, TX. He later moved to Germany as a freshman in high school. By the time he graduated he was living in Spain. He always had a love of travel, and of the world. He went to Ricks College in Idaho for 2 years on a baseball scholarship, where he met his lifetime sweetheart, Maureen Smith. They were married October 4th, 1975 and had 5 children, who were his pride and joy. He graduated from USU in Logan, UT and was in the ROTC. He began his military career being commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Army. He spent 14 years as an Officer moving from Lawton, OK, to Germany, then in 1988 moved to South Weber, UT, where he happily remained the rest of his life. His homestead was his daily joy. He went fishing on the Weber River every day, worked in his extraordinary gardens & created every opportunity to work on his prized tractor. Showing his friends around his home was one of his favorite things to share. He truly created his own oasis on this earth, including not 1, but 3 very large teepees. \n\nAl has always been very passionate about his heritage, which is partly (from both sides of his family) the Native American culture. His 4th great grandmother was stolen from her Indian tribe and sold to Spanish settlers. He always decorated his environment with anything that respected and honored this heritage. He especially loved the music and the use of plants for healing.\n\nHe left the military in 1994 to begin his lifelong quest of running his own business. He always dreamed of “flying like an eagle” not “scratching like a chicken”. His passion was the natural health industry, and he opened his first herb shop. This began an ever evolving quest to use the right plants, vitamins and essential oils to be a teacher and true healer in this world. Anyone who knows Al, has been affected and supported by his wisdom. He was a true believer in being proactive with one’s own health and using natural products to do so. He not only supported countless people in being able to “health” themself, but also in achieving their own financial freedom. His impact has been incalculable. To know him is to have had him put a bottle of essential oil in your hand and the knowledge of how to use it. \n\nOne of his greatest attributes was the charity in his heart. He couldn’t sleep on any given day until he had helped someone, and he always did it quietly. He looked to find opportunity always. There was no malice or judgement in his heart, just compassion and generosity. Everyone around him believed themself to be his favorite, because he truly loved everyone that much. Al’s lasting legacy is his unconditional love for all people, no matter what. He had faith in Jesus Christ and in God’s plan. We’ve never known a more pure example of Christ-like love and faith in humanity.\n\nAl loved life and was purely joyful. His inner child was prevalent and though he was a supremely hard worker, he played just as hard. One of his favorite pastimes was telling jokes. No matter how poorly the joke was delivered, it was always hilarious because of how hard he laughed himself while telling it. His quiet wheezing laughter would have his shoulders bouncing before he ever got to the punchline, every single time. So all of his jokes were the best because there was no choice but to join in his laughter. That will always be remembered, as will his way of celebrating life with great food. He ordered calamari at every opportunity and multiple other appetizers for the table. He loved sushi and especially Mexican food. Eating with him was always an experience and created so many incredible memories for his loved ones. \n\nHe has 5 children, 3 sons and 2 daughters, who he always wished would be a band, The Garcia Band, like the Jackson 5. He was so proud of their talents and was always speaking of his family to others. From young childhood to current day, he created every opportunity to have his kids sing or play instruments to uplift others. He will be honored in this way, as it was his personal favorite. He has 11 beautiful grandchildren and was an amazing Papa to them. He was known to put the grandkids in the bucket of his tractor and drive them around his yard to make them giggle. \n\nAl is survived by both of his parents, Al Garcia Sr (Heidi) and Ida Garcia, his 4 siblings: Loretta (Ramon) Martinez, Larry (Bev) Garcia, Mony (Greg) McDonald and Vince (Teresa) Garcia, his 5 children: Jeff Garcia, Al (Lindsay) Garcia III, Bitty (Brian) Beus, Ben (Amy) Garcia, Reina Garcia and 11 grandchildren: Solace, Grey, Jarom, Adalyn, Daysen, Austin, Aubrey, Emma, Deegan, Adam and Emberlyn. \n\nA joyful Celebration of Life Memorial will be held as on Open House in his honor on Saturday, Nov 20th, 2021 from 12pm-3pm at the LDS Church at 1401 E. South Weber Drive in South Weber, UT. We will celebrate pot luck style with an assortment of amazing food, just as he would want it. Come prepared to share a quick story, Al joke or favorite memory during the Open Mic. There will be a live stream on a public Facebook page called “Celebrating Al Garcia”. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family on the same Facebook page. There will be no public graveside service.