Alan William Simila MBA ’66, resident of Brentwood, Calif., born on Jan. 26, 1940, passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Oct. 4, 2011, and joined his beloved soul mate of 48 years, Karen Hillman Simila, who preceded him in death 10 months prior. He is survived by his adoring daughters and sons-in-law, Molly (Juan) Tello, Susannah (Gary) Clark, and Anna (Brendan) O’Neil. Alan is also survived by his brothers, Dennis and Kurt Simila, and his sisters-in-law Melinda Hepner, Christina Hartevelt, and Paula Simila. He was a revered grandfather to Marlow, Savana, and Sierra Tello, Matthew and Samuel Clark, and August and Shane O’Neil; a great-grandfather to Sophia Tello; and an awesome uncle to many nieces and nephews. His family moved to La Crescenta, California, in 1953 where Alan studied hard and played the game he loved: basketball. A scholar and Glendale High School’s first string All CIF Basketball player, Alan earned a full scholarship to Stanford University where he played basketball, was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and graduated with a bachelor of science in industrial engineering in 1962. He received a master’s in business administration from Santa Clara University and began his management career in the utility industry. Alan enjoyed an extensive career at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He loved traveling, watching athletic events, pheasant hunting, and listening to country music. Upon retirement, Alan cherished spending time with his wife, family, and friends; writing haikus; solving crossword puzzles; and reading. He was a gentle giant and a people person. Alan was the husband and father that girls dream of. His family and friends are truly blessed to have known him. His patience, kindness, integrity, and honesty continue to shine on and in all of us.
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