Alan Gruber

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Alan Gruber
Aug. 3, 1936 - Oct. 3, 2010

Alan Scott Gruber, passed away Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at Providence St. Mary's Hospital from complications of pancreatic cancer.
Scott was born in Walla Walla on Aug. 3, 1936, to Albert and Louise Gruber.

Scott grew up in Walla Walla, and graduated from Walla Walla High School. He was accepted to and attended Whitman College, earning his bachelor's degree in business and finance. Scott went on to earn an M.B.A. from Stanford University. Scott started his career in finance and management consulting with Hay and Associates in San Francisco. After a decade of extensive international and domestic travel, Scott moved his family to Spokane where he put his skills to work in banking and consulting to manufacturing firms and other businesses. While in Spokane, Scott and his former wife, Elizabeth, were actively involved in counseling parents who had lost children to sudden infant death syndrome. Later in Scott's career, he moved to the Seattle area continuing his role as a consultant with Norman D. Willis and Associates. In 1999, Scott retired to his hometown of Walla Walla where he became the field representative to Congressman George Nethercutt. In his spare time, Scott was active in local and regional politics. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, working in the yard, reading and playing with his dogs.

Scott is survived by his wife of 28 years, Norma, his three sons Jeff (Delaine) of Spokane, Bill (Gabrielle) of Southborough, Mass., Michael (Gretchen) of Washington, D.C., his stepbrother Denis Himes (Judy), seven grandchildren, and his sons' mother, Elizabeth Gruber. Scott is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Louise, his stepfather, Herbert Himes, and his son, Timothy Moore Gruber.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Birch Rambo officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation for all of the thoughts, prayers and supportive care Scott received from the doctors and nurses of Providence St. Mary Medical Center. The family would also like to acknowledge the many kind expressions of sympathy and concern from family and friends.

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