Albert Funk, local greyhound and horse racing entrepreneur and swap meet developer passed away on Dec. 11, 2002, at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif. He was 73. Born May 15, 1929, in Phoenix.
Albert and his father, David, are remembered for opening Caliente, the first combination racetrack in North America. He was involved in Arizona racetracks throughout his life. Albert served as secretary of the Western Racing Association for 19 years.
He is survived by two sons, Stephen Funk of San Diego, Calif. and Cleve Funk of Las Vegas, Nev.; two daughters, Cindy Haddick of Phoenix and Jodi Ward of Scottsdale; two brothers, David J. Funk and Richard Funk, both of San Diego, Calif.; a sister, Charlotte Kobey Morton of La Jolla; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.