Augustine Avila

August 31, 1934May 17, 2010

Augustine N. Avila August 31,1924-May 17,2010 Augustine Avila was born August 31, 1924 in Lucia, CA and passed on May 17,2010, after a lengthy illness in Placerville, CA. Alongtime resident of Fairplay and El Dorado County for 59 years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mercy; his five children, daughters Barbara Martinez of Sacramento and Susan Stinson of Fairplay, CA, his sons Leonard Avila of Fairplay, CA. Ted Avila of Omo Ranch and Steve Avila of Palm Springs: seven grand children, eight great grand children, one great great grandchild; sisters Ellen lobsien of Orland, CA. and Lucia O’Quinn of Las Vegas, brother Daniel Avila of Corning,CA. , sister-in law Theresa Avila of Ione, CA and numerous nieces and nephews. Born one of sixteen children, his early childhood days were spent living in Monterey County where he worked for Randolph Hearst. He attended the Avila Family School in Lucia, until attending high school in King City, CA. He joined the Navy and was honorably discharged after losing three brothers in the war, prior to meeting his wife. In 1947, he met the love of his life, Mercy Lopez, in Jolon ,CA. They married, November 20, 1948 in Holister CA ,before moving to Jackson, CA. and then to Fairplay, CA. in 1951, remaining in Fairplay. Augustine was a devoted husband and father and was a very special person, never meeting a stranger. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoying gold panning, gambling and traveling. He was a member of the Oro Madre Moose Lodge, and a Elder member of the Xolon SaliananTribal Council(People of the Oaks). A visitation and Rosary will take place at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Placerville, CA. on May 25th from 10 to 11 a.m. A Rosary service and funeral mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Fairplay Cemetery, Fairplay, CA.


  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, May 25, 2010
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Phyllis Page

June 4, 2010

Aunt Mercy and cousins. Soo sorry for your loss. Uncle Augie was truly loved and will be dearly missed. The many memories will continuously go on. Tio will be so missed. I may not have had much time in the recent year to go and visit but I will never forget the yester years together and the stories of my dad, Becky & Shawn telling me of their visits. Cherished memories. Always remember our love and prayers are with yous.

Chrisitne Andes Cook

May 26, 2010

Hello Avila Family,
My sincere condolences to you all. God Bless my Uncle Augustine and may God's peace surround you during this time. I have many memories of our visits with my mother, Irene Andes, to your place...weddings and parties, etc...
Take care and know that you are in our prayers.

Felicia Allen

May 24, 2010

With all my heartfelt condolences I would like to send this out to the Avila family. I am so happy and blessed to have been a friend of the family through my partnership with Steve, Augie's son. They welcomed me in with open arms and the love and generosity that Augie and his wife extended to everyone is truly going to be missed. Thanks for al the love. Felicia

Traci Holt-Evans

May 24, 2010

I send my love and condolences to all of the Avila family. If you need anything please contact me or my family. He is in a better place. GOD is good, may Augustine rest in peace.
Love Always Traci

May 24, 2010

To the Avila Family we were saddened to hear that your Father died last Monday. We want to extend our sympathy to your family. I know it may be tough and painful but your Dad was great! You have much to be proud of. Love The Daniels' Janice , Preston & Ernie

Mary Smith

May 23, 2010

Dear Aunt Mercy, Barbara, Leonard, Teddy, Steve and Susie:

As you share this time of sorrow as a family, may you draw strength and hope from one another remembering the wonderful memories Uncle Augustine left for each one of you. I will always remember the many times our families went to the river together and oh! the Ice Cold Watermelon.

May god bless you during this time and always. Love Cousin, Mary

Roy Leitner

May 20, 2010

I met Augustine about ten years ago and found him to be a very easy person to know. He had a great sense of humor and a quick smile. I'm sure he will be missed not only by his family but also by many friends. I am glad I had the pleasure to know him. My condolences to all but especially to his sweet wife of many years, Mercy. My thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow.

Suzanne Hall

May 20, 2010

I send my love and condolences to all of the Avila family, but especially to you, Aunt Mercy.

Uncle Augustine, you were a loving, kind and gentle man whom I will never forget. I cherish the memories spent with both you and Aunt Mercy over the past 42 years. I remember my daughters going to Fairplay to spend a week with you one summer in the mid 1970's. You took them panning for gold. They had so much fun that week, with you and Aunt Mercy.

I know that my husband, Michael, with open arms, was one of the many family members that welcomed you into Heaven's door. God bless you and keep you Uncle Augie. We love you and will miss you forever.


Sue & Family

Leonard Avila

May 20, 2010

Dad, For the past eleven years I lived around the corner from you and everyday I looked forward to having coffee and breakfast with you and mom. I miss you dad. You taught me all the right things in life. You shared your wisdom and showed me compassion and I am grateful for that. We had alot of good times dad and I'm going to miss those times we spent hunting and fishing they were special, and the stories you would tell after you would get your Buck. And how you hadn't bought shells for your 300 for the past ten years. And the smile on your face after you shot your Buck, I'll never forget that smile. You will always be remembered and in my heart dad. You were special , you were the best! May you rest in peace.

Victoria Stinson

May 19, 2010

To My Grandfather,
Your love, wisdom, compassion and stubborness will endure within my heart forever. God blessed me the day he gave me you as a grandfather and FATHER! For 20 years I lived across the street and for many more of those I spent with you and grandma both as father and mother of my heart. My rock, My backbone, My strength! I will always remember our "smart pills" and all the school projects we did together. I will remember our "fishing trip" and all the other special moments we shared. May they help me endure this first loss and the many more life will throw my way. I take comfort in your new freedom and peace. My grief is my own and as selfish as it may be, I mourn the loss of the only father I have ever known. I take joy in the years you gave to me. Thank you Grandpa, and please watch over me. God Bless You!!!

With Everlasting and Enduring Love from your Youngest Grandchild,