The world has become a little dimmer as Alan White left us way too early at the age of 60 on Nov. 18, 2021.
Although he lived in Sherman, Texas, from 1984 to 2021, Alan was an Oklahoma boy at heart.
He was born in Kingfisher Regional Hospital on April 22, 1961, becoming the long-awaited, first-born child of William and Margie White while also becoming the future big brother to Eddie White.
Even though he played a few sports in junior high, Alan was known for his musical and intellectual talent, graduating salutatorian of his 1979 class at Kingfisher High School.
Although Alan could figure equations with the best of them, he shined musically as a proud member of the Pride of Kingfisher High School band.
Even though he played three instruments in the band, Alan considered himself far more of a vocalist than a musician; a vocalist that achieved All-State honors not to mention a few invitations to sing at weddings and funerals.
Not only did his golden voice grace the stage during his high school musicals, but he would frequently lend his voice to a higher source by enhancing the occasional church service in both Sherman and Kingfisher.
While living in Sherman, he was not only a member of the Sherman Covenant Presbyterian Church choir, but also joined up with the local arts community to lend his vocal cords to the North Texas Concert Chorale.
Simply, the guy loved to sing.
Alan might have picked up a master’s degree in business and change management from the University of Texas in Dallas, but he was a proud, orange bleeding Oklahoma State alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, a degree that served him well when he moved to Sherman in 1984 to begin his employment at Texas Instruments.
It was an employment that stretched on for 33 years.
While working for T.I. in both Dallas and Sherman, Alan exercised his intellect and good-natured personality to enrich the company’s engineering, management and human resources.
While working in human resources, he traveled the country as well as the world representing his company, but back home in Sherman he was known as an HR representative who was friendly and always eager to help out his fellow employees.
More importantly though, Alan was a family man, and in 1985 he married his college girlfriend, Colleen, and brought her down to Sherman.
Alan may have loved to sing, but he enjoyed nothing more than watching his three children grow into college-educated adults.
His family consisted of daughter Kirsten and his sons David and Daniel along with a host of lovable canines.
The guy rarely turned down an offer to help someone whether the task involved singing at a friend’s wedding or helping his brother with a little plumbing.
After retiring from Texas Instruments in 2016, Alan enjoyed traveling with his family, but he also found a great joy in catching up with old friends and acquaintances on social media.
He is survived by his wife Colleen, his daughter Kirsten and grandchildren Ethan and Cora, his son David and daughter-in-law Alexa, his son Daniel and his daughter-in-law Yanet, along with his brother Eddie and sister-in-law Margaret and mother-in-law Barbra.
Funeral services were Sunday, Nov. 21, at Sherman Covenant Presbyterian Church.
He will be missed.