John Alkins

1954 - 2013


John Alkins

July 17, 1954 — April 29, 2013

“Brother John” was born July 17, 1954, in La Marque, Texas, to Jeanne and Rev. David S. Alkins. He died April 29, 2013, at his home in Olympia.

Brother John was an accomplished musician, pianist and composer. His music enlightened many people with his performances, sound tracks and recordings. He was active in international music organizations and a pioneer in bringing world-class musicians to Olympia.

John was a devoted father to Miles Alkins of Olympia, who was the great joy of his life. He is also survived by father, Rev. David S. Alkins (Joan) of Seaview, Wash.; brother, Peter Alkins (Rhonda) of Olympia; sister, Mary Gehling (Guy) of Manzanita, Ore.; and other loved family members.

Brother John graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1972 and The Evergreen State College in 1976, majoring in music ethnology. He helped hundreds of people in the South Sound during his 25-year career as a social worker, counseling families and children. He was well respected by his clients and other social and mental health professionals. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walla Walla, and lifelong member of the youth group “Croutons.”

Brother John was a friend to all and loved by everyone who had the privilege to know him. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Miles Alkins c/o Washington State Employees Credit Union. Condolences may be left at Funeral Alternatives of Washington, 360-753-1065.


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