Lifelong Alaskan Alan Lee Bain died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, in Homer. He was 50.
Celebrations of life will be held in both Homer and Anchorage. The Homer memorial will be held after a private burial on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 4 to 7 p.m., at Kharacters. The Anchorage memorial will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. at The Salvation Army's chapel located at 2100 DeArmoun Road.
Mr. Bain was born May 28, 1960, in Petersburg, to Roderick and Donelle Bain. Alan attended East Anchorage High School. From a very young age, he pursued his passion for the sea working on the family driftnet boat, the Donelle B. in Bristol Bay. In 1998, he took over as skipper and ran the business until 2009. He made his home in Homer, where he used his gift for making others smile in his work as a local bartender.
His family said, "Alan was such a happy little boy, and loved to spread his joy with a ready joke or funny story. He took great pleasure in entertaining and cooking for friends and family. He adored little children, and they flocked to him wherever he went. The neighbors will miss his willingness to help fix bicycles or shovel snow. He loved Alaska and fishing, making it both his career and main hobby. In the end, he succumbed to his long struggle with the disease of alcoholism. We hope all will remember Alan the way he was before his suffering became so great."
Pallbearers include Myron Farrell, Benjamin Neher, Patrick Neher, Jason Neher, Gary Porter and Richard Frost. Honorary pallbearers are Jared Ward, Marty Prillhart, and Michael Neher.
Alan is survived by his parents, Roderick and Donelle Bain of Anchorage, his sisters Ella Bain Eaton and Ann Bain Winegarden of Seattle and Donna Bain of Anchorage, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and a niece. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Roderick Bain, and his brother, Roy Bain.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army's Clitheroe Center, 1015 East Sixth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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