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Alec Matthew Isabeau


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Alec Matthew Isabeau Obituary
Alec Matthew Isabeau September 7, 1961 June 23, 2018 Alec Matthew "Doc" Isabeau, devoted husband, brother, uncle, friend, adventurer, dedicated doctor, mountain climber, runner, and lover of nature, died on June 23, 2018, at his home in Santa Rosa, California. His departure leaves a huge hole in the hearts and lives of family and countless friends and patients. Born September 1961 in Mountain View, California, Alec grew up in a family that appreciated and enjoyed nature. His parents, Jean and Marina Isabeau, took their five children out on Sierra Club hikes and camping trips at every opportunity. Alec grew into a man whose passion was the great outdoors and fitness. Alec graduated in 1979 from Sir Francis Drake High School, San Anselmo, and went on to UC Berkeley to study pre-med. In 1986, he received his D.C. degree from Palmer School of Chiropractic, graduating with honors. He practiced in Sonoma County for 32 years, and was recognized for his keen intelligence and extraordinary skill as a diagnostician and healer. Alec loved his practice and never tired of treating his patients who came from all walks of life. He was a longtime member of The Empire Runners Club and enjoyed a long career of trail running with friends, running races, speed workouts, and engaging fellow runners with his characteristic enthusiasm and humor. The harder and hillier the run, the more he loved it. He won three coveted "black shirts" as a scratch runner in the Dipsea Race and finished several times amongst the top fastest runners in the doubly brutal Double Dipsea. Alec met the love of his life, Lisa Titus, in the running club. They married in 1992, following a two-week honeymoon backpack trip. Alec and Lisa shared countless joyful adventures throughout their 26 years together. It was also through the running club that Alec met John "Mojo" Royston, who became his best friend and climbing partner. Alec, Mojo and others joined the Vertex Climbing Gym where they trained for their many incredible outdoor climbs, including first ascents. Alec's love of nature was the veritable current of his life. His athleticism and adventurousness took him to the tops of the highest mountains in the Sierras. His name is logged in most of the registers of the peaks above 14,000 feet as well as countless others. In the past two decades he added 4-wheeling explorations, acting as a guide for family and friends, into the most remote places he could find throughout the western states. The Mojave Desert became one of his favorite places to explore and he did many solo backpack trips in the silence and grandeur of this beautiful arid wilderness. A skillful map-reader, Alec would pore over maps for hours, scouting out cross-country routes, vague two-tracks, hidden springs and historical pioneer trails. Those trips and his endless curiosity engendered a deep appreciation of geology and nature writers. He read some of these books over and over, memorizing many pages. Alec is preceded in death by his father, John G. Isabeau, his aunt Claire Lemoine-Isabeau, and his best friend John "Mojo" Royston. He is survived by his loving wife Lisa Titus; mother Marina Post; sisters Viviane Isabeau, Dominique Isabeau and Karen Isabeau-Evans; brother John Isabeau; stepsister Stacy Moore; uncle Pierre Lemoine; and an adoring family of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and a legion of friends. One of Alec's friends described him perfectly in reference to his backpacking, climbing and untimely death: "As usual, he carried the heaviest load and got there ahead of us." Alec enhanced the lives of everyone he met. Those who knew him will carry his memory fondly for all of their days. He will be missed forever. A memorial will be held August 19, 2018, at one o'clock, at the Mary Agatha Furth Center in Windsor. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests donations to be made in Alec's memory to Friends of Trione-Annadel State Park (www.fotasp.com) or Sonoma County Trails Council (sonomacountytrailscouncil.org)
Published in Marin Independent Journal from July 7 to July 11, 2018
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