Allen Herrick

Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Former Juneau resident Allen Douglas Herrick died recently at his home in Benicia, Calif. He was 48.

He was born May 18, 1960, in Juneau, where he lived most of his early life. He graduated from high school in Arizona and earned a degree in marine technology from the University of Alaska Southeast.

As a young man, he worked on the Alaska oil pipeline. He later worked for the Alaska Marine Highway System and on various boats on Prince William Sound. At the time of his death, he was a marine engineer for the Merchant Mariners based out of San Francisco. He had recently become a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald D. Herrick, of Arizona.

He is survived by his mother, Eileen DeLand Franson and husband, Dennis L. Franson, of Sequim, Wash.; sister, Katherine Hanway and husband, Richard, of Richmond, Calif.; stepbrothers, Graylen Franson, of Elma, Wash., and Andrew Franson and wife, Gail, of Newberg, Ore.; stepsisters, Margaret Eldridge and husband, Greg, of Tacoma, Wash., and Beth McAllister and husband, D.J., of Portland, Ore.; uncles, Richard Herrick and James Herrick and wife, Patty; cousins, Don Herrick, Dale Herrick and Debbie Fanon, all of Alaska, by Irene Tupou and husband, Feleti, and Stanley DeLand, of Juneau, and Marlene Duncan of Washington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Growing up, he was especially close to his uncle and aunt Duane and Eloise DeLand Herrick and their children, his double-cousins, Laurel White and husband, Doug, of Juneau, and Frank Herrick and wife, Jean, of Wallingford, Iowa.

"We will miss Allen's very keen mind, his insatiable curiosity about everything and his quirky sense of humor," his family said.

A service will be held in his remembrance at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley on Dec. 20. There will be a family and friends' memorial gathering on July 4 in Sequim, Wash.

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