Funeral services are pending for Dave Simonson, former president of the Southern California division of the original Albertsons chain, who died Thursday.

Simonson spent 26 years with Albertsons, starting in 1978 as a district manager in Southern California and being promoted to director of operations for the division, then division vice president and senior vice president. He relocated to the company's corporate offices in Boise, Idaho, in 1999 when he was promoted to executive vice president of operations, with responsibilities for four Albertsons regions, then returned to Southern Califronia in 2000 as division president.

He retired in 2004. According to Bob Butler, chief operating officer for Albertsons LLC, "Dave was a remarkable leader and a great mentor to all of us who worked with him, and more than that, he was a wonderful man."

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