John Alan Abel
Resident of Martinez
Alan Abel, 59, passed away at home on Aug. 29 after a long battle with cancer. He had just returned to Martinez in June after living in PA for several years. Alan worked for 36 years as an Environmental Engineer for Chevron. He worked in many locations including headquarters in San Ramon, the Richmond & Salt Lake City refineries, the Marcellus Shale region of PA, and a rotating assignment in Angola.
Alan was born in Riverside, CA to John & Elaine Abel. He met his wife, Cheryl, in the marching band at Iowa State University. They continued their musical interest throughout their 34 year marriage by participating in community bands and choirs wherever they lived. Their other major interest was to travel around the U.S. and the world to see national parks, historic sites, and nature, especially birds.
Besides his wife, Alan is survived by his sister, Jean (Mark) Engebritson of FL.
A memorial service will be held Sept. 8 at 1:00 at Christ Lutheran Church, Martinez.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of East Bay or to Point Blue Conservation Science in Petaluma.