ALLAN BACON - TRINIDAD, Colo. - Allan James Bacon of Trinidad, Colo., died peacefully with his wife and children at his side on Jan. 13, 2013, after a valiant two-year battle and victory over cancer. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Casey; Kathleen (Gardner) Viens of Hobe Sound, Fla., the mother of his two amazing children, Eric James (Jessica) Bacon of Jeffersonville, and Sarah Lynn Bacon (Heather Weseloh) of Arvada, Colo.; and four grandchildren, Mia, Andre (aka "Cactus Pete"), Timothy and Luke Bacon. Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec Province, Canada, on July 25, 1946, to the late Manfred and Juliette (Gagné) Bacon, he was raised on a farm in Marlington, Quebec, with siblings, Enid (Robert) Letourneau of Georgia, Phyllis (Douglas) Reed of Newfane, Stephen (Lynn) Bacon of Keeseville, N.Y., Elaine (David) Burnor of Bakersfield, Michael Bacon of Georgia; and 17 beloved nieces and nephews. At age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Canadian citizen at Manchester, N.H., training at Ft. Dix, N.J., then Ft. Benning, Ga., where he became a communications lineman and earned his sharpshooter badge. He served 20 months overseas, beginning in March 1965 in Kunsan, South Korea, then transferring in December 1965 to Vietnam at Camp Alpha Tan Son Nhut, returning to the U.S. in November 1966. Following three more years in the U.S. Army Reserve, he was honorably discharged in November 1969. He married the former Kathleen Gardner in July 1972, to whom he was married for 10 years. Allan became a master carpenter, teaching both his children his craft while building homes and fine furnishings in the Georgia/St. Albans/ Burlington region of Vermont, Sante Fe, N.M., on the Front Range of Colorado, and on the islands of St. Thomas and Kauai, Hawaii. He met his future wife, Marilyn Casey, on Mother's Day 1993. They married on Mother's Day 2004. From a young age, Allan defied danger with adventuresome exploits that combined speed, height and daring. He loved snow skiing, water skiing, swimming, wind surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving. He could build anything, and artistically blended wood, glass, stone, metal, leather and antlers to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces that adorn countless homes and art collections throughout the world. A creative powerhouse, he advised adopting a forgiving attitude toward imperfections, "If you can't hide it, accent it." He was endlessly inquisitive, and his keen powers of observation, patience and persistence made him a great trout fisherman, a discoverer of special places wherever he went, and an exquisite teacher. Celebrations of his life will be held in Vermont and Colorado at a future date. Special thanks to those who lovingly cared for him at the VA hospitals in Portland, Ore., and Denver, Colo. Donations in his honor (noting please: "In Memory of Allan Bacon") are encouraged to one of three groups serving veterans in the transplant program at the Portland VA Medical Center, P-3 Transplant, P.O. Box 1034, Portland, OR 97207, payable to either "Robert Dexter" or to "Voluntary Service/Transplant Program"; or to the American Legion Auxiliary/Transplant Food, P.O. Box 1730, Wilsonville, OR 970701730.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 26, 2013