Friends and family paid their respects at memorial services for the El Paso icon known as “The Sandman” at Crestview Funeral Home.
Albert Avila spent his last years in El Paso but it wasn’t just here where he made an impact.
People in Southern California loved seeing his work too.
That’s where he grandson sayid he heard a voice.
“That’s where he first heard the voice telling him to draw something with the sand. He didn’t know what. He always said he felt that he was guided,” said Zermeno.
He loved to listen to music as he worked, listening to The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, as people drove past him admiring his work.
“He was sent to spread the message of love and joy. He said he did what he did ultimatley to make people smile, to make their days better and that’s something we want to make sure people to remember,” said Joshua Zermeno, Avila’s grandson.
A mass will be held Tuesday at St. Pius Catholic Church at 10AM followed by his burial at 11AM. His services are open to the public.