Death notice: Alexander (Zan) Oliphant IV

Alexander (Zan) Oliphant IV, 50, born in Lawton, Oklahoma, Feb. 12, 1967, to Alexander Oliphant III (Sandy) and Sue Ann Botkin Oliphant, passed away Jan. 15, 2018.


He graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1985, and later attended University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Southeast and Florida Atlantic University.

An entrepreneur, he formed several successful ventures, including a software company in Boca Raton, Florida. Zan returned to Juneau, reconnecting with high school classmate Shirley Hubbard, later moving to Kirkland, Washington, and becoming a mentor/father figure to her son, Mitch. Later in life Zan began to write and had many short stories published on Amazon Kindle.

He worked for Microsoft, Google, Apple and a firm in New Zealand as a developer. He wrote a book on Netscape Plugins and for PC Magazine.

Zan is survived by his parents, Sandy and Sue Oliphant; brother Andrew; sister and brother-in-law Alexa and Chris Gifford, and his nephews, Elliot, Lars, Wade and Ole; brother and sister-in-law Brant and Jamie Oliphant. He is loved and remembered by many family and friends.

A memorial celebration will be held at the Shrine of St. Therese at 3:30 p.m. in the Jubilee Cabin, Feb. 12.

His obituary can be viewed at


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