Alan D. Mahan Alan Dean Mahan, 89, of Tulare passed away Friday, March 28, 2014. He was born on December 24, 1924, in Wheeler Canyon/Santa Paula, California, attended Santa Paula High School, and moved to Tulare with his family soon after graduation. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War (1950-1954) and was stationed at Ramey Air Force Base in Puerto Rico. Dean married Esther Louise "Essie" Patterson on August 2, 1958 and alongside her, raised two children, Cari and Scott. The Mahan family established a busy life in Tulare and together, maintained a long time cotton farming operation. Dean and Essie enjoyed attending many family and community events, where Dean's love of dancing was evident to all. He was the epitome of a hardworking and loving man. With a joyous heart, he committed his life to serving his God, family, friends, and community. Throughout his life, Dean was active in the following organizations: Tulare County Farm Bureau, World Ag Expo Chairman and Volunteer, Tulare Senior Citizens Center Board, Oak Valley School Board, Tulare Joint Union High School District School Board, and the Tulare Western Band Boosters. He was also a member of Tulare First Baptist Church, Kaweah Delta Co-Op, and Cal-Cot Marketing Co-Op. Dean never hesitated to put others before himself, and his overwhelming kindness, generosity, and love of life will never be forgotten. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Esther P. Mahan. He is survived by his children, Cari and Dave Sutton of Brandon, Florida, Scott and Lisa Mahan of Tulare, his grandchildren, Adam and Mirielvy Mahan of Fresno, Emily and Kevin Phelps of Lemoore, and his second wife of 5 years, Janey Kellerhals Mahan of Tulare. A viewing will be held at Peers-Lorentzen Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Tulare First Baptist Church, 469 N. Cherry Street, Tulare, with graveside services following at North Tulare Cemetery.
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Peers-Lorentzen Funeral Service
132 W Kern Ave
Tulare, CA 93274
Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Apr. 2, 2014