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Alan B. Mahan

November 13, 1946 - November 30, 2018


After a courageous two-year medical struggle, Alan Mahan passed away on November 30, 2018.  Alan was born on November 13, 1946, and was the youngest of four siblings.    He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was barely at teen-ager, and complications from this incurable disease led to his death.   However, Alan never complained or made excuses and lived a full life.  He attended Napa College in California where he met and later married Rita, his wife of 50 years.   After graduation he worked in the engineering departments for several municipalities.  Alan loved problem solving.  He had a knack for working on complicated jobs with real estate developers and was able to move their projects through red tape and regulations while not compromising the safety and interest of the public that he loved to serve.  He was the Parcel Map Administrator for the sprawling City of Fremont and testified in court as an expert witness.     
Alan loved camping, hiking and nature in general.  He enjoyed a variety of sports including skiing, horseback riding, racquet ball and softball.   And, his wife Rita was delighted to discover he was really handy to have around the house.  His skills ran from hanging mirrors to designing and pouring a concrete driveway.
Alan is survived by his three siblings: Barbara Midkiff, Joe McKee, and Lloyd Mahan, his loving wife Rita, sister-in-law Valerie Melton and special nephew Remy. 
Alan was a quiet, caring man and a devoted husband.  Never one to brag, it was easy to overlook his personal contributions.  For instance, after the local government slashed the budget for sports, Alan established a non-profit organization for softball which became the foundation for the association.    Alan was a calm, steady presence in an often chaotic world. He will be missed.
Services will be held on December 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Belcrest Memorial Park, 1295 Browning Ave. S., Salem, OR.  Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.  The family is grateful for the many wonderful doctors and nurses who cared for Alan.   A special thank you goes to the nephrology and vascular surgery departments for their help and support.   Donations to the American Diabetes Association may be made in Alan’s memory.                
 

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