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Alan John McKinnon

Westlake Village, CA

Captain Alan McKinnon, a 46 year resident of Westlake Village, passed away on September 6, 2017.

He was a fifth generation Californian, born in Sacramento, raised in Merced, Westwood Village, and Edward?s Air Force Base. At Edwards he watched Chuck Yeager break the sound barrier and decided then and there to be a pilot. He accepted a job with Western Airlines which later merged with Delta. He was a captain for over 30 years and flew for 36 years. Alan's fellow pilots called him "a natural" and one of the best with whom they had ever flown.

Alan was a listener, not a talker, and he never said a bad word about anyone (unless he was referring to the driver in front of him). He was a gentle giant, and his laughter was infectious.

He is survived by Margaret, his wife of 44 years; his daughter, Kathleen (who was always Daddy's Little Girl); his beloved sister, Marj Johnson and her husband, Cal; and many nieces and nephews.

A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Hema Nathan, and Dr. David Chi for guiding us on this journey no one wants to be on and to our dear friends who held us up when we were falling down.

There will be a private celebration of his life in San Francisco at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Boys' and Girls' Club of Conejo Valley.(www.bgcconejo.org)

" To Fly West, My Friend, Is A Flight We All Must Take for a Final Check," safe landing sweet one.
Published in Ventura County Star from Sept. 15 to Sept. 17, 2017
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