Alan Deane Memorial – Sunday Nov. 20, 2011

Alan Deane was a friend and fellow cyclist that many of us at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition knew. He was a consistent attendee at Glendale Safe & Healthy Streets meetings and events –  planting trees on the Riverdale Maple Glendale Greenway, riding with us on Glendale bike rides, and helping to create the Safe & Healthy Streets plan through his participation in community meetings. Alan also volunteered his time in our downtown Los Angeles office and we often saw him riding the streets of Glendale and the City of L.A.  Alan was friendly, energetic, inquisitive, and generous.  He lived his convictions. We will miss him.  His family has organized a memorial service on November 20th and they encourage all of Alan’s friends to be there.

There will be a short bike ride to the memorial.  Here are the details:

Meet at the Los Angeles Bicycle Kitchen, 706 Heliotrope at 12:45 pm. We ride, rain or shine at 1:15 pm.

Here is the full obituary written by his family and close friends, followed by the memorial invitation.

Alan Deane, a Los Angeles guitarist who played with some of the biggest rock acts of the 1970s, died Sept 22nd, 2011 in Pasadena, the victim of a car-bike collision. It was his 61st birthday.

Born in Los Angeles on Sept 22nd, 1950, Alan Charles Deane was a natural musician from a young age. When he was about 8, he was able to tap out the Gene Krupa drum solo from “Sing, Sing, Sing”. At age 12, he took lessons from a symphony percussionist, who after 6 months said, “There’s nothing more I can teach this kid!” He then taught himself guitar, which led to his professional career touring and recording with bands such as The Captain & Tenille, The Grass Roots, and Johnny Rivers.

Alan also had frequent small acting roles in films, including on the television show 24 and as the jailer who drags Christian Bale to the gallows in “The Prestige.”

In recent years, Alan, long an environmentalist, devoted himself to a carbon-free, anti-consumerist lifestyle. He lived simply, rode his bike for transportation and volunteered with groups such as Revolutionary Autonomous Communities as they distributed fresh vegetables to poor families in Macarthur Park. In addition, he volunteered for the LA County Bicycle Coalition and radio station KPCC, where his ebullient and curious personality was a constant presence at public events.

Alan started the music project “OK Everybody, Sing!” (http://okeverybody.com) with his friend and student Aurelius Prochazka, devoting countless hours — usually at the Starbucks in Eagle Rock — to painstakingly transcribing the music of The Beach Boys, The Drifters, The Eagles and other bands, so the songs could be more easily learned and played by the public. Over the last year, the two were writing a music book, completing it just a week before the crash.

Alan was preceded in death by his mother, Alice, a skilled classical pianist. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Gil and Evelyn Deane, brother, Don Deane and sister-in-law, Ellen Flannelly, stepsisters, Laurie Martin and Marla Martin Hamilton, aunts and uncles Shel and Esty Deane and Marv and Cookie Berman, and cousins Jeff and Lisa, Joel and Deidre.

A memorial will be held on Sunday, November 20th. E-mail cookieberman (at) yahoo (dot) com for more information.

2 Comments »

  1. Merl Ledford said,

    November 15, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    It is a sad day for all cyclists when one of us — an activist and friend of safe streets — is struck down by an automobile.

    Alan’s death is a powerful reminder of our responsibility to ride safely (both as a matter of self-preservation and as an example to inexperienced riders).

    Just as importantly, though, his life example reminds each of us of the limited time we have to advocate separation of “heavy metal” traffic from cyclists & pedestrians, to encourage planners to examine the “car-scaping” that’s distorted the look and feel of our communities, and to reserve our own automobile use for those (rare) times when two+ tons of plastic and sheet metal are actually required to transport us and our gear to and from places that can’t reasonably be reached by bike.

  2. John Cork said,

    November 16, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

    Meri,
    You stated it beautifully. Ride safe. Drive rarely. Fight for the right to live a better life. Make all places reasonably reached by bike.

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