Alan M. Bishop
Longtime Soldotna resident Alan M. Bishop died Sunday, July 23, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Mr. Bishop was born July 14, 1927, in Coquille, Ore. He was one of five brothers. He served in World War II aboard the U.S. Navy ship USS Breton and attended Oregon Technical Institute on the G.I. Bill. He graduated with certification in diesel mechanics and married Dorothy Paxton the same year.
Mr. Bishop had a long career in driving and construction. He was a long-haul driver, logger, small-business owner and helped construct Interstate 5 through Oregon. He also was a police officer in Central Point, Ore., started a boy’s club there and was a volunteer fireman, as well. He moved to Alaska during the pipeline years and drove 80-foot pipe to Prudhoe Bay.
He was elected to the Soldotna City Council two times and donated time and materials for the city’s well-being. He donated and built the pad that supports the Soldotna Sports Center. He received the first city Volunteer of the Year award in 1998 for exemplary service to Soldotna. He also served on the fire and the sports center boards.
“He was a good man, a kind man, who never met anyone he couldn’t see good in. He was just, honest and fair. He loved his family more than any other thing and because of his example, they have all prospered. He went out of his way to do things for people, often helping total strangers, feeling it was the duty of those who could, to do things for those in need. His passing has been a tremendous blow to those who loved him and knew him best. There will be no other like him ever again,” his family said.
Mr. Bishop is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dorothy Bishop of Soldotna; children and their spouses, Cathy Bishop of Soldotna, John and Linda Bishop of Sterling, Ward and Kelly Bishop of Sterling, and Marc and Chris Crouse of Soldotna; grandchildren, Bobbie Duste of Central Pointe, Josh Crouse and his wife, Tasha, Mandy Taylor and her husband, Bobby, Ange Jones and her husband, Matt, of Soldotna and Kenny and Jakeob Bishop, Michael, Stephanie, Johnnalyn and Joseph Bishop of Sterling; great-grandchildren, Tony and Nicole Duste of Central Pointe and Colby Jones of Soldotna; and honorary granddaughter, Michelle Hanson of Soldotna.
The family prefers memorial donations be made in Mr. Bishop’s name to the American Cancer Society, Alaska Extended Life Shelter in North Kenai or the Last Chance Animal Rescue AK in Anchorage.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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