Alan John Zanni was born on October 9, 1947 in Weed, California to James J. Zanni and Marilyn O. Zanni.
He passed away at home on October 11, 2013 with his loving family by his side, three days after his 66th birthday, following a long and courageous battle with renal failure and heart disease.
Alan was a graduate of Mount Shasta High School, College of the Siskiyous, and Sacramento State University, with a degree in Business Administration and Police Science.
Alan worked for the US Forest Service while in high school and college. He was a police officer in Dorris, California and in Mount Shasta, California. He also worked and retired from Southern Pacific Railroad as a conductor.
Alan was an avid hunter and fisherman; and loved spending time in the family cabin at Medicine Lake with his family. He was an expert woodworker and made beautiful furniture, clocks and carvings.
He enjoyed helping his son Chris with his apiaries business; and playing dice with the guys on Friday nights and competing in poker tournaments.
Alan was a lifetime member of BPOE No. 2333 of Mount Shasta, where before his health started to fail he and his wife were very active members.
Alan always said what he was most proud of was his family and 42 year marriage to his wife Barbara.
Alan was preceded in death by his mother, father, and brothers, Lindy and Ronald. He is survived by a sister, Bunita Steele (and Arlis) of Dunsmuir, California.
Alan is also survived by his wife of 42 years, Barbara; sons: James, Adam (Rebecca) Chris (Jennifer); daughter, Dori DeFalco (Mike); grandchildren: Nathan, Wyatt, Kris, Miranda, Adison, Katie, Ashlyn and Rhett, all of Mount Shasta; and numerous aunts and cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 26 at 1 p.m. at the Mount Shasta Elks Lodge.
Donations can be made to the Elks Lodge; or a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are in the care of Mt. Shasta Memorial Chapel.