Alan A. Herren, 85, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2013 at his home, overlooking his beloved San Souci beach in Honolulu, Hawaii. Alan (Al) was born on May 26, 1927 in Santa Ana, Calif., to Sid and Virginia Herren. Following graduation from Santa Ana High School he joined the Navy and served on an aircraft carrier in the payroll department for two years. The GI bill afforded Alan the opportunity to attend Pepperdine University receiving his degree in accounting. He was also president of his fraternity: Phi Beta Chi. In 1949, his senior year of Pepperdine he married his high school sweetheart Vivian Thompson. Alan attended graduate school receiving his MA in business from USC. In 1950 they moved to San Bernardino to begin their teaching careers and raise their two daughters, Kristy and Cindy. Alan taught accounting and business classes for 32 years at San Bernardino and Pacific high schools, as well as the junior class advisor for most of those years. Alan held the position of president of the San Bernardino Teachers Association. In addition to his teaching career, Alan developed and grew a large income tax and financial consulting practice based in San Bernardino, but extending to all 50 states. He retired from teaching in 1982 and continued his tax business three months a year. The other nine months Alan enjoyed travel, fine dining, and entertaining. He took both his daughters and four grand children on lavish trips all over the world. Memories they will hold forever. Alan loved to have a good time and live every minute of his life to the fullest. He loved jokes, people, adventures, sailing, playing tennis, bridge, gourmet cooking, reading, and helping people. He was an excellent role model for his children and grand children and a generous friend. In 2004 Alan sold his home, business and moved to the Diamond Head beach area of Honolulu, where he briefly remarried. His two condos gave him much joy. He spent his last years reading, playing dominos, and looking out at the blue Hawaiian water and enjoying family and friends. Alan was preceded in death by his parents and Sister Helen Lashlee. Alan is survived by his daughter Dr. Kristy Hilton (Perry) Parmelee of Bermuda Dunes Calif.; Cynthia Herren of Yucaipa, Calif.; his grandchildren Tyler James Hilton, Brittany Kay Hilton, Austin James Garcia, Jordyn Dakota Skaggs, close friend John Rohan, care taker Laurel Oppendeck and many other close friends. As per his wish his body was donated to the medical school at the University of Hawaii. A celebration of life will be held at The Elks Club in San Bernardino at 3:00pm on April 7, 2013. Please share your stories of our beloved father and grandfather with us. Hawaiian attire encouraged. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to any scholarship of your choice.
Published in The Desert Sun from Mar. 19 to Mar. 21, 2013