Alan B. Chandler

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CHANDLER,
Alan B.

July 28, 1942 -
March 17, 2011

Al's courageous eleven-year battle with prostrate cancer ended on March 17, 2011 and he is now in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Al was born on July 28, 1942 in Spokane, WA to his parents Atlee and Azalea Chandler. Alan grew up in Spokane Valley (Opportunity) attending Broadway Elementary, North Pines Junior High School, and graduating from Central Valley High School in 1960. Al moved to Oregon in 1961 and received his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Linfield College in 1964. He went on to earn two Masters Degrees from Oregon College of Education. The first was a Masters Degree in Education in 1970 and then a Masters Degree in Corrections Administration in 1976.
He is survived by the love of his life, Toni, his wife of 35 years, and their two children, Amy, of Salem, OR; and Chris and his wife Nina of Kirkland, WA; his mother and stepfather Azalea Chandler-Schmer and Bob Schmer of Beaverton, OR; and his youngest brother, David and his wife Ernie of Walla Walla, WA. His father Atlee and brother Lynn preceded him in death.
Al Chandler retired from the State of Oregon, Department of Corrections in 1997 after working there for 33 years. He started as a Correctional Officer at Oregon State Correctional Institution in June 1964. Over the next 23 years, he worked as a Correctional Counselor, Institution Parole and Probation Officer, Grant Writer, Program Manager, and Executive Assistant to the Superintendent at the Oregon State Penitentiary. In 1987, he was appointed as the Depart-ment's first Director of Inmate Custody Classification where he played a major role in the development of the departments custody classifi- cation system. In 1992, he came to the central office as the Deputy Assistant Director of Institutions and in 1994 was promoted to the Assistant Director of Institutions, where he oversaw all 12 state institutions and the planning of 7 additional institutions.
After his retirement, Al enjoyed traveling, working out, playing racquetball, fishing, visiting Starbucks, and socializing with his ATO Fraternity Brothers and all of his many other friends.
Al's sense of humor, loving character and huge heart poured into the lives of all of his friends and family and his departure will leave a hole in the hearts of everyone who knew him.
We will be honoring and remembering Al at a Memorial service which will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday the 26th of March at the First Christian Church, 685 Marion Street NE, in Salem and will then have a party to celebrate his life at his home in Salem. We wish to invite everyone who loved him to attend both the Memorial Service and the following Celebration of Life.
In lieu of flowers, we are asking that you make a donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation "In Memory Of" Alan Chandler. He lost his battle but we hope, with your help, there will someday be a cure.

Published in Spokesman-Review from Mar. 22 to Mar. 23, 2011
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