Obituary of Alan Ray Herron
Alan Ray Herron, born on January 8th, 1951, in Waterloo, Iowa, passed away on January 10th, 2024, in Palm Harbor, FL, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 73 years old. Alan is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Margaret Herron, and a brother, Donald "Skip" Jenkins.
Alan is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Denise (Wright) Herron, and their three daughters: Nickie Contreras (Alberto) of Clearwater, FL, Stephanie "Rae" Herron of Pierre, SD, and Molly Glavnik of Omaha, NE. His legacy lives on through his cherished grandchildren: Alejandro "Alex" Contreras, Daniela Contreras, Kinsley Smith, Saylor Herron, Ezra Glavnik, and Arlo Glavnik.
He was a cherished son-in-law to Lorraine Wright of Palm Harbor, FL. Alan is also survived by his siblings Rhonda Mastain (Jim), Paul Herron (Julie), and Nathan Herron, and several nieces and nephews.
A faithful member of Calvary Church in Clearwater, FL, Alan dedicated his time serving on the Safety Team. He found solace and community in his faith. Throughout his life, he proved to be a jack of all trades. From racing cars to rocking the stage with his musical talents,constructing homes to business owner and hosting Tampa Bay "Bucs" football parties, Alan's versatility knew no bounds.
However, among his numerous achievements, Alan considered marrying Denise, his beloved wife, as one of the greatest blessings. He expressed gratitude to God daily for the joy she brought into his life. She was at the core of his world and he considered her his soul mate. She was 'the one', his one and only. He appreciated the love, grounding, and care she provided. He fondly reminisced about the adventures and the strong family foundation they cultivated.
A devoted father and grandfather, Alan's love for his children and grandchildren was immeasurable. He radiated love for his family always willing to share in their joys and challenges. He took great joy supporting and cheering on all his grandchildren in their talents and endeavors. Whether cheering on his grandchildren at soccer games, dance recitals, or basketball games, he was a constant source of encouragement.
In the later chapters of his life, he embraced a gentle and compassionate demeanor, evolving into a loving and caring friend to many. In his final moments, Alan left a profound reminder: "No matter what happens, stay focused on God in all things." His enduring wish, even in his last days, was to point people to Jesus, leaving behind a testament of faith that continues to encourage those who knew him.
Alan will be remembered for his zest for life, unwavering faith, love for his country and the love he shared with those closest to him. May he rest in peace, leaving behind a legacy of love and cherished memories that will forever echo in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral service for Alan which will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at Calvary Church, 110 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, Fl.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, FL) a cause close to Alan's heart. Your contributions will honor his memory by supporting ongoing research and efforts to combat the very illness that touched his life. Your generosity in remembering Alan in this meaningful way is deeply appreciated.