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Alan King

Jan. 5, 1957 - April 5, 2021

 

April 15, 2021

Alan Raymond King passed away unexpectedly on the morning of April 5th, 2021, at the age of 64. Alan was born on January 5th, 1957, in Colfax Washington.

Alan was the third of seven children born to Bob and Mary King. He lived his early childhood with his family in Garfield, Washington. Alan attended school in Pullman, Washington, until he moved to Yakima Valley School in Selah, Washington, at the age of 12. This is where he learned to communicate with his feet using adaptive equipment. Alan discovered his love for art, poetry, and playing guitar while living there.

After school, Alan moved to the United Cerebral Palsy Center in Seattle, where he met the love of his life, Sharon Marie Jodock. They were married in June 1983. The two transitioned to independent living where they began their mission advocating for the disabled and living beyond the physical being. Alan and his wife of 38 year dedicated their lives to being the voice for the rights of people with disabilities on a local, state, and national level. He was actively involved with Artists Unlimited and shared his passion for art by displaying his work at local art galleries and teaching art to elementary school children.

Alan had other accomplishments such as Sing a Song with Alan, being the subject of a local documentary, projects with the University of Washington and numerous other accomplishments. He lived his life undeterred by his physical limitations.

Alan is preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Mary King; and brother James King. He is survived by his loving wife Sharon Jodock-King; brothers, Robert L. King Jr., Rusty King (Halina); sisters, Carol MacPherson, Penny Martinez, Traci King; as well as numerous nieces and nephews; their church family at Faith Lutheran Church; and numerous friends throughout the Seattle Metro area.

Services will be held on Saturday, April 17th: attendance is restricted but the service will be streamed. Please check the Faith Lutheran Church-Seattle site for details (https://www.faithseattle.org/). Sharon asks that in lieu of gifts or flowers please send donations to Faith Lutheran Church at 8202 18th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Christian Fellowship, in Garfield, Wash., April 24, 2-4 p.m.

 

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