Alan Wayne Parsons, 72, passed away on Aug. 4, 2011, in Kuna, Idaho, of cancer.
He was born in Hartington, Neb., Jan. 24, 1939, to Wayne and Mary Parsons.
The family moved to Wendell, Idaho, in 1948. Alan graduated from Wendell High School in 1958. He served in the Army National Guard from 1956-59 and the United States Army from 1960-63. He was honorably discharged in 1963.
Alan worked in Wendell, Gooding, Bliss, Jackpot, Tucson, Ariz., and Boise.
He graduated from a gunsmithing class in Tucson and handcrafted and/or repaired many rifles and muzzleloaders over the years.
He had a lifelong love of the outdoors and spent many happy hours fishing, hunting and exploring.
He found an archeological pottery site in 1992 and was very proud of bringing the site to the attention of the U.S. Department of the Interior for preservation.
Alan was also a very successful gardener and had a lot of fruit trees at his last home in Hammett, Idaho.
He was a quiet, extremely kind man.
He enjoyed working on his cars, rifles, making bullets for hunting, fishing, etc.
He could make or fix almost anything. He enjoyed reading history (especially military), science and science fiction. Alan was preceded in death by his parents and oldest brother, John, who passed only 15 days previously.
He is survived by his brothers, David and Charles, his sisters. Charlene and Cathy, and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives.
The family would like to thank all of Alan's caregivers at Hearts for Hospice, Kuna Living Center, Mountain States Tumor Institute, Drs. Zuckerman and Gamboa, friends with the American Legion Post 101 in Mountain Home, and Meals on Wheels.
Services will be held at the Idaho Veteran's Cemetery at noon on Friday, Aug. 12. His ashes will be scattered there and at a later date at his favorite hunting area north of Bliss.