Albert Thomas Liaty, of Brookings, was born in San Francisco on Dec. 31, 1942, to Albert Thomas Liaty and Nazarene Rita (Tagliaferri) Liaty. The original Italian name was Liatti, and was Americanized by his grandfather sometime in the early half of the 1900s.
Al passed away on March 21, 2012, at the age of 69, in Roseville, Calif., from complications brought about by long-term diabetes and consequent renal failure.
Everybody loved Al, mainly because Al loved everybody. He loved and cared for his mother unwaveringly up to her very last day. Family was his everything, loving and proud of his three sons, their wives, and his grandchildren. He welcomed his young sister-in-law as a child of his own without reservation and cherished her all of his life. Aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews were never far from his thoughts. Everyone who joined the extended family was welcomed and loved unconditionally. He chose his friends sparingly and with great care, but once you were his you were his for life.
Al was always a kid at heart. He wanted to grow up to be a fireman and he did that, and was so proud when he became the Fire Chief at Rock Creek Fire Protection District in Auburn, Calif. He single-handedly saved the life of a toddler when her mother arrived on his doorstep with her daughter, a limp, non-breathing victim of choking who went home a living, giggling survivor, and Al said, "Glad I could help."
He held so many jobs, sometimes more than one at a time, from a nickel-a-paper newsboy on the corner to over-the-road trucker, and was a fearless entrepreneur, sometimes successful and sometimes not, but never afraid to try.
He enthralled everyone with his stories and his telling of them will always be his gift to those who laughed and marveled at his diverse experiences. He was a diabolical game player, never letting on that he knew exactly what he was doing until he quickly and efficiently wiped your game off the map. Al happily fooled a lot of people.
Al is survived by his wife of 49 years, 8 months, and 21 days, Nancy (Brizendine) Liaty. High-school sweethearts, Al was 19 and Nancy 17 when they married two weeks following her high school graduation. Together they raised three sons, James Edward Liaty of Brookings; Daniel Thomas Liaty, wife Lisa, and granddaughters Courtney and Miranda, of Citrus Heights, Calif.; and Steven Albert Liaty, wife Stacee, and granddaughters Alexandra, Andrea, and Samantha.
Also surviving is the sister-in-law he raised, Adrienne Ilene Workman and her daughter Jordan and son Cole; brother-in-law Kenneth Russell Brizendine and his wife, Karen, of Newcastle, Calif., sister-in-law Pat Lama of Cupertino, Calif.; his fantastic cousin Teresa Wiedemann, of Santa Cruz, Calif., and all their attendant children and spouses, grandchildren, and grand nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to his true friend of 60 years, Peter S. Presta, of Menlo Park, Calif., who spoke true words of love, friendship, and goodbye during Al's service, held March 28, 2012, at St. Joseph's Church in Auburn, Calif.
His dog Bo roams the house with a quizzical look and his ears and tail drooping. Al, in his lifetime, suffered and grieved the loss of his parents, all of his aunts, uncles, and grandparents, greatly loved friends, and his special angel, infant granddaughter Claudia Nicole Liaty. Now he is healthy, whole, and happy, surrounded by God's love and home with his family, no doubt telling stories and laughing into eternity.
Submitted by the family.