Alan Keith Lara, a native of Madera, passed away gently on 27 April 2022. He was a quiet and generous man, who loved his family and who was always available to help when asked.
Alan was born in Madera’s old Dearborn Hospital on 23 August 1959, the oldest child and only son of Lucille Scroggins and Irinio “Neo” Lara. He was raised in Madera and frequently spent time on his grandfather’s farm, working alongside his Lara cousins harvesting raisins.
He attended Monroe School and was a 1977 graduate of Madera High School, where he was a talented sax player for both the marching and jazz bands. After graduation, he studied at Fresno City College and graduated with an A.S. degree. He started working for Baltimore Aircoil where he worked until he retired in 2014.
While at MHS Alan met Laurie Gordon, and they married in 1980 at St Joachim’s Church surrounded by family and friends. They started their own family with the birth of Joseph in 1982, followed by Vincent in 1987. Alan had a lifelong love of the ocean, starting with childhood trips to the Central Coast and continuing later with family vacations in Cayucos. This love of the sea inspired Alan to keep tropical fish, which he did in a large aquarium set into the living room wall, which he built himself. He also loved his pet dogs, Dakota and Kira.
When Alan retired, he achieved a long-standing ambition of learning to scuba dive and enjoyed traveling with friends on dives organized by Bob’s Dive Shop. His dive trips took him regularly to sites off the California coast including the Channel Islands, as well as to the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Alan also learned to fly radio-controlled airplanes and spent many happy hours flying with the club on Avenue 12, where he was an active member. He was very proud of his growing skills, even when a favorite plane crashed, chalking it up to the risks of the hobby.
Alan was also a gifted carpenter and made beautiful pieces of furniture for lucky family members. His skills also extended to IT, and he was the family’s go-to IT advisor even rebuilding a computer when needed. He was always in charge of the barbecue at family parties, preparing delicious Italian sausages. Similarly, he happily drove the pontoon boats at Shaver Lake during family trips, making special memories for his sons, niece and nephews.
Alan was preceded in death by his father Ignacio and his half-brother Nash “Junior” Lara.
Alan is survived by his son Joseph, daughter-in-law Krystal and grandchildren Kayla and Cade, all of Temecula; his son Vincent of San Francisco; his mother Lucille Garland of Madera; his sister Cynthia, brother-in-law Stephen, and nephew Sebastian Wainwright of Sheffield, England; his niece Julia Krump; his half-brother Jack Lara; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins in Madera, Fresno and across California.
Alan will be deeply missed by his extensive family and friends.
There will be a private cremation.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Madera Animal Shelter in Alan’s memory.
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