Al Batiz, born on September 1, 1966, in Mexico City, Mexico, passed away unexpectedly surrounded by his family on December 1, 2023 at the age of 57.
A memorial service to celebrate Al's life will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, Dec. 16, at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Pkwy, Bismarck.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM, Friday, Dec. 15, at Parkway Funeral Service.
Al was the beloved son of Gloria and the late Albert Batiz. At the age of 15, Al and his family relocated to Chicago, IL, where he would go on to build a life dedicated to service and compassion.
Al's journey into the medical field began when he worked at Mt. Sinai Medical Center as a transporter. It was here that he discovered his passion for helping others and making a difference in their lives. He spent countless hours at Chicago firehouses, where he rode on the ambulance, closely observing the paramedics in action. This experience ignited a spark within him, setting the stage for a remarkable career with the Chicago Fire Department. For over 25 years, Al served with the Chicago Fire Department as a Paramedic. Al's legacy is one of selflessness, courage, and an unyielding desire to make the world a safer place.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Al retired from the Chicago Fire Department six years ago as Ambulance Commander aka “El Commando.” leaving behind a legacy that will be remembered and celebrated by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His impact on the lives of those he served will be felt for generations to come.
In retirement Al started a second career of 18 wheel truck driving at Lesmeister transportation, where has worked for the past two years.
Beyond his professional achievements, He was father to seven children, for whom he loved deeply. He was married to the love of his life Becky for 21 years. He loved music, hot sauce, coffee, and absurd jokes that not many people could understand. He was a talented musician, an amazing son & brother to his four siblings. Al loved being the center of attention. He co-parented beautifully with his ex-wife Nancy. He made the decision to donate his organs to make one final everlasting impression on his wife, seven kids, family and those surrounding him.
His memory will be cherished by his wife Becky; children, Thomas, Sean & Alexa. His first wife, Nancy & their children, Samantha (Dariel) Padron, Albert, Michael (Alicia) & Jonathon; two grandsons, Julian & Adrian Padron; his mother Gloria Batiz; siblings, Armando (Norma), Alex (Mindy), Alfonso (Lorena), & Gloria Elena; mother & father-in-law Bill & Alva Townsend and countless nieces and nephews
In lieu of flowers, an account has been setup for his minor children at Edward Jones with Kyle Englehardt in Bismarck, ND.