Dec. 30, 1955 - Feb. 22, 2010
Alan Matthew Loiacono, 54, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, in West Jordan, Utah. Alan was born Dec. 30, 1955, in Walla Walla, the son of Joe and Bettie (Kennedy) Loiacono.
He was a 1974 graduate of DeSales High school. He graduated from Washington State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. At the same time he received his commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. Alan served as company commander with the 141st Signal Battalion in Erlangen and Bad Kreuznach, Germany, and Ansbach, West Germany. He was also stationed for a time at Fort Ord, Calif., and in Macedonia.
In 1981 he married Marsha Ayers, and they had two children, Erin and Jeffrey. Alan and Marsha were later divorced.
In 1996 Alan retired from the Army having attained the rank of major. In 1997 he became the assistant public works director for the city of Clearfield, Utah.
In 1998 he married Krista Sanford, and they made their home in Clearfield. In 2002, their son Thomas Joseph was born. In 2001 Alan joined the Utah Department of Transportation as a consultant and worked for UDOT for six years before accepting a position as a private contractor for the engineering firm WCEC in 2008 where he was working at the time of his death. In November 2009, he received the Consultant of the Year Award by the Utah Department of Transportation.
Alan was truly an officer and a gentleman. He loved spending time with his family, especially enjoying the time spent at a recent family trip to Disney World in Florida. His kindness and humor was appreciated by all who knew him. He loved all things Italian and made the finest lasagna and pizza. A true Cougar fan, a highlight for him was attending the 1998 Rose Bowl football game when WSU played Michigan. A loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, nephew and cousin, he will be forever in our hearts. Alan had a big heart and that heart took him to God.
He is survived by his wife, Krista; son Thomas Joseph (TJ), West Jordan, Utah; daughter Erin (Jacob) Rauth, Spokane; son, Jeffrey (active duty United States Air Force, stationed at Dyess AFB, Texas); stepsons, Collin Golder, Great Falls, Mont., and Korbin Golder, West Jordan, Utah; his mother, Bettie Groetsema, of Walla Walla; sister Lane (Don) Buck, Pullman; brothers Gary (Julie) Loiacono, Richland, and Joel (Colette) Loiacono, Spokane; granddaughters Haley and Abby Rauth, Spokane; nephews, Joe Loiacono, Puyallup, Matt Loiacono, Spokane, Jason Alexander, Moscow, and Ian Buck, West Lafayette, Ind.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Loiacono; stepfather, Clarence Groetsema; grandparents Ed and Roma (Hermann) Kennedy and Dominic and Concetta (Morrone) Loiacono.
Alan was buried March 1, 2010 with military honors at the Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bluffdale, Utah. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, March 27, 2010, 1 p.m. at Assumption Church, 2098 E. Alder St., Walla Walla. A celebration of Alan's life will follow at the Assumption Parish Center. The family suggests memorials be made to the DeSales Endowment Fund or the American Heart Association.