Alexander Coelho:Dec.1933 ~ May 2014 - Alexander “Alex” Coelho, 80, of Turlock, passed away at his home with his family at his side. Alex was born in Gustine, CA to Antonio and Rose Coelho. He grew up in the Gustine/Newman area and graduated from Orestimba High School. In 1952 he joined the Air Force and began his 20 year career as a military cryptographer. He served in Texas, Morocco, Libya and Saudi Arabia, before he met the love of his life, Betty Franklin. They were married and Alex continued his military career in Alaska, California, Kansas, Spain, Nebraska, Hawaii, and back to Texas until his retirement in 1972. Alex’s military highlights were being selected as a Communications Technician for the Strategic Air Command Flying Command Post at Offutt AFB, Nebraska and receiving the Air Force Commendation Medal. After his retirement from the Air Force, Alex worked for Modesto Junior College and Turlock Unified School District, retiring once again after 21 years.