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Albert J. "Jim" Triana passed away Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Born May 7, 1931 in Nacogdoches TX, to Gus and Jane Sepulveda Triana, Jim was the eighth child of a loving family of 15 children, Rosie, Augusta, Josephine, Leon, Pauline, Margie, Ben, Virginia, Rita, Alice, Louise, Teddy, Gus Jr, and Annie. He is survived by his loving family, beloved wife, Margaret Poskey Triana and their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: Theresa & Bruce Scates (Jackie, Jason, Kate, Owen Zimmerman & Josh, Katy, Greyson, Blake Scates), Mark & Tracy Triana (Lily & Luke), Vickie & Nestor Phillips (Gabriella & Donovan). Surviving siblings are Ben Triana, Lufkin; Louise Wilkerson, Tyler; Annie Wheeland, Rusk, as well as a large, loving family of nieces and nephews and friends.

After an early graduation from Nacogdoches High School, Jim enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served his country during the Korean War in Fox Company 2-7. He returned to Nacogdoches and attended Stephen F. Austin State University. In later years, he and Margaret were members of the First Marine Division Association and the Texas Association of Former Marines with whom they traveled all over the US and to Korea, reconnecting with former Marines at the annual reunion. They enjoyed a special friendship with Bob and Alice Hannah and Rudy and Janie Packenbush and they spent many Friday nights out dancing. He loved to BBQ for any occasion and often stayed up all night with friends and family while cooking and "turning the meat."
He attended St. Catherine Siena Catholic Church and worked for 35 years at Engineering & Fabricators (EFCO) as a metallurgical inspector. For many years he coached at Spring Branch Memorial Little League Football where he mentored many young boys and made lifelong friendships with their families and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

- Semper Fi

Family and friends will gather to share memories of Jim's life during a visitation at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 24th in the chapel of Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road in Houston, and where funeral services, led by Reverend Ronan Newbold, C.P., will begin at 11:00 a.m. Following a brief reception, all will be invited to depart for Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, where, at 2:15 p.m., military honors will be provided by members of the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8790 Honor Guard.

Honored to serve as pallbearers is Jim's son, Mark Triana; grandsons, Josh Scates, Luke Triana, Donovan Phillips and Jason Zimmerman; sons-in-law, Bruce Scates and Nestor Phillips. Honorary pallbearers are his granddaughters, Jackie Zimmerman, Gabriella Phillips, Lily Triana, and great granddaughter, Kate Zimmerman.

Jim was a life member of the 1st Marine Division Association, so in keeping with his wishes, memorial contributions in his name would be appreciated. You may donate on line at:http://www.1stmarinedivisionassociation.org/Scholarships.html or by mail and phone at: First Marine Division Association, P.O. Box 9000, Box 902 Oceanside, CA 92051, (760) 763-3268.

For those desiring another option, memorial contributions in Jim's name would as well be appreciated to Amazing Grace Hospice, on line at: http://www.amazinggracehospice.org/donate/ or by mail and phone at: 5502 4th St. Katy, TX 77493, (832) 437-2089, or to The Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas, online at: http://www.mma-tx.org/donate/ or by mail and phone at: 320 Iwo Jima Blvd., Harlingen, TX 78550, (956) 423-6006.