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Alan Jon Magill

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Alan Jon Magill

Alan Jon Magill, 61, passed away Saturday September 19, 2015 near his home in Woodway, Washington. He was born November 26, 1953 in Craig, Colorado. Alan is survived by his wife of 31 years, Janiine Babcock, his daughter Lara Magill and her husband Jonathan Krynitsky, his daughter Sarah Magill, and his brother Donald Magill. Alan served for 26 years in the U.S. Army Medical Corp building the foundation for his career as an infectious disease doctor and medical researcher. He retired as a Colonel, after leading the military's program to develop drugs and diagnostics to fight malaria and other tropical diseases. In 2012, Alan was honored to join the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as its Director of Malaria Programs. He was inspired by the exceptional individuals at the Foundation who helped him build his vision for a malaria-free world. The only thing surpassing his passion for global health was his love of family. Alan's tenderness, goofiness, and unconditional love grounded us. His uncanny ability to see into our hearts made him an incredibly compassionate man who would always listen and always hold us. His strength and drive made him unbeatable at board games, miniature golf, and poker, while his love for adventure and the great outdoors took him to some of the most wild and beautiful places in the world.

Alan was the light in our lives, and in his passing, we are not surprised that the warmth, joy, and love that he gave us every day can still be felt in the shadows.

A public viewing will be held at Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home, Seattle, on Wednesday September 23, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Amazon Medical Project, PATH.org, or ASTMH. org.
Published in The Seattle Times from Sept. 21 to Sept. 22, 2015
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