Aug. 21, 1926 - Feb. 19, 2013 ALBUQUERQUE, NM Albert E. Pons died in Albuquerque, NM, Feb. 19. He was born Aug. 21, 1926, in New Orleans, LA, to Albert and Clara (Fisher) Pons. For many years he worked in commercial real estate in Oklahoma City after a career as an Episcopal priest. A native of New Orleans, he attended Tulane and graduated from the University of the South with BA and Master of Divinity degrees. He served in parishes in Abbeyville, LA, Fort Worth, TX, and St. John's Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City. Al was a committed patron of the arts, including ballet, symphony, and visual arts, served on the board of the Oklahoma Ballet, and was active in the Contemporary Arts Foundation and its offshoots. Al loved skiing, good food, all kinds of music, travel, and spending time with friends and family. A passionate Democrat, he was engaged in many election efforts. He is survived by his wife, Mandy, and the children of their blended family: Stuart, (m. Kent Huff), and granddaughter, Sarah of Evergreen, CO; Michael (m. Sharon), granddaughter Lena (m. Ben Busby), great granddaugher, Alice of Baltimore, MD, and grandson, Skyler; Mary of Montgomery, AL; Anthony (m. Laura), and grandchildren Mia and J.T. of Oklahoma City; Kathryn Burton and partner David Jones of Albuquerque, and Robert Burton (m. Charlotte), grandchildren, Austin (m. Kelly), Jacob, Daniel and Kelly, as well as many other family and friends. A celebration of Al's life will be held in Albuquerque in March. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Leukemia Research at UNM Cancer Center, Chatter Music, PO Box 7464, ABQ, NM 87194, or a .

Published in The Oklahoman from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2013