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On December 12, 2012, long time Crestline resident Alan Banks passed away of leukemia by his wife's side in the home they shared together for almost 30 years. His last days were filled with friends and family. He tackled his leukemia with the same character that he exhibited all of his life - optimism, determination and a good- natured spirit that made him a favorite of the doctors and nurses who treated him and called him a miracle for far surpassing their expectations.
Born in 1939 in Rochester, New York, he lived mostly in California. His spirit of adventure led him in 1972 to travel the Alaskan- Alcan Highway for a year with his wife, traversing Canada and Alaska with nothing but their cabover camper and a desire to experience life. In 1975, he moved to Missouri, where he designed and built their home from the ground up, before moving to Crestline in 1985.
In his late-40's, he discovered a passion for running. Over the next 20 years, he completed 11 marathons, several ultras and qualified for the Boston Marathon 3 times, competing twice. At 58, he hiked Mt. Whitney Summit and back in a day. At 69, he was the oldest competitor to complete the Mountain Warfare Training Challenge- an intense 10k offroad obstacle course at 7000 ft. His love of running and desire to help others led him to become a cross country and distance track coach for Rim of the World High School for over a decade. He took great pleasure in helping his kids meet their potential both in and out of competition.
He is survived by his wife and best friend of 41 years, Connie; children, Brian and Sedina; and grandchildren, Mason, Caden and Sasha Alan (who was named for her grandfather). While Alan's passing is sad for those who loved him, it is not tragic. In his own words before his death, "I've been blessed and had a full life with no bucket list, but kids need a chance." It was his wish that in lieu of a memorial (for he wanted to be remembered alive), donations be made to Acute Myeloid Leukemia at the
Published in San Bernardino Sun on Dec. 23, 2012