Pastor Alberto Ortega Alvarez (Big Al) was 71 years old, from Carlsbad, New Mexico passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2022 in Odessa, Texas.
Visitation/Viewing will be on Thursday, December 8th beginning at 4 pm until 9 pm (open mike from 7-9pm) at Parker Heights Christian Church located at 1414 E University Blvd, Odessa Texas 79762
Lunch before Church service
Friday, December 9th at 12:00 pm until 2:30 pm lunch for family and friends will be held at Parker Heights Christian Church located at 1414 E University Blvd, Odessa Texas 79762
Friday, December 9th at 3:00 pm Funeral Services will be held at Parker Heights Christian Church
Flowers may be sent to Parker Heights Christian Church beginning on Thursday, December 8th.
Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home located at 6801 E Business 20, Odessa Texas.
Pastor Albert was born on October 26,1951 to Guadalupe Alvarez and Josephina Ortega Alvarez in Pecos, Texas. He attended school and graduated from Pecos High School. It was during that time where he met the “love of his life” Virginia Alvarez. The were married on April 5, 1971, in Pecos, Texas where he began his little family. He had four children that he loved tremendously. He coached his children in various sports. He worked for 22 years at Penzoil Sulfer Mine. He was a long-distance runner and held a record for the mile run in Pecos high school for so many years. He competed in many races. Many would see him train as he ran throughout Pecos. Albert loved playing guitar making beautiful memories with his family. He moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico with his family in 1986. Playing guitar and singing eventually lead him to singing for the Lord. In 1994, he became the Worship Pastor for Oasis Fellowship. He was a father and a pastor to many always was encouraging and teaching many of the congregation through the years. In 2005, he became Senior Pastor as he lead so many to Christ and performed countless marriages, funerals, and baptisms. He became the Spanish Pastor and Administrator. He loved his Spanish Congregation and touched so many lives. We thank the Spanish congregation for everything. He definitely left his legacy at Oasis Church. Pastor Albert’s love, compassion, and the fellowship he had will live forever with his family and friends and his church. We will miss you always and we just were not ready to say goodbye. We will say “See you later.”
Preceded in death: Guadalupe G. Alvarez (father), Josephina O. Alvarez (mother, Florencio Polanco (brother), Lupe Alvarez Jr. (brother) Camilo Polanco (brother)
Survivors: his wife Virginia Alvarez, daughters: Michelle Alvarez Dominguez and Melissa Ann Gonzales, sons: Albert Alvarez Jr. and Michael Alvarez. His brothers: Ernesto Polanco, Marcelo Polanco, Teresa Salcido, Adolfo Alvarez, Mary Ellen Hernandez, Antonio Alvarez, Daniel Alvarez, Abel Alvarez, Betty Rodriguez, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons Trinity Ornelas, Christopher Dominguez, Donathan Dominguez, Victor Lara, Markus Rubalcado, and Alexander Perez.
The family would like to extend our sincere thanks to Medical Center Hospital CCU team and 5th floor team for doing all they could. We would like to thank all his brothers and sisters for being with my father during this difficult time. Also, a big thanks to Pastor Gabe Rubio, Mark Bristow, and Pastor Lee and Lilly Serano. We also would like to thank Craig Lomax at Sunset Memorial.