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Angel M. Echevarria
December 31, 1927   -   December 16, 2008

Obituary posted by : R. Etch ,  stepson   
Person Description
Angel Manuel“Angie” Echevarria was born Dec. 31, 1927 in the small village of Lares, on the island of Puerto Rico. He was raised by his energetic entrepreneurial paternal Grandmother, Eva Toro. Fierce tropical hurricanes prompted them to relocate. Only with the proceeds from their surviving possessions, were they able to gain passage on a steamer bound for New York City. They lived in the basement of an apartment house, before they were scarcely able to rent a five-bedroom unit, which was profitably filled with boarders. Angie served in the 82nd Airborne Paratrooper division of the US Army in the Korean War. In his earlier employment in a textile quilting factory, he acquired expert proficiency. With his high-school-sweetheart wife and two sons, he accepted a managerial position in Minnesota. Following the birth of his daughter, Angie accepted another such position in California, where, with assistance from his lifetime best friend and his stepmother, consequently decided to start his own quilting company. Angie realized his first proprietary product, Mattress-Mate, an extra-thick washable mattress cover designed to upgrade any inferior mattress. As Angie began fabricating polyurethane foam for his quilting operations, and eventually for other sectors of the furnishings industry, he was able to realize his next proprietary product and company, Somma Mattress. This was a hybrid compartmentalized motionless adjustable water mattress which ultimately reached nearly $50 million in annual domestic and international sales. Patent infringement and a deteriorating early 90’s economy led to the distressed sale of Angie’s empire, and he subsequently acquired enough commercial real estate investments to retire comfortably in the Mar Vista suburb of Los Angeles with his second wife of thirteen years. Angie received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the City of Hope, served on the Board of Commissioners with the Los Angeles Dept of Water and Power, met with President Carter at the White House, and presented an annual Christmas festival and toy drive for underprivileged children in the East Los Angeles community surrounding his manufacturing facility. He played tennis, poker, and shot mean billiards. He is survived by wife Grace, sons Michael and Robert, daughter Angel, former wife Jean, and six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren
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Services TBA for Jan 3 or Jan 10

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