|ALAN MY FRIEND .....YOU WILL BE MISSED|
Alan Keith McCook, of Branson, MO. and formerly of Palm Desert. CA, died
February 28, 2006 in Branson, of complications from pneumonia. He was only 45
Alan and I met in High School in 1977, through the drama department at Indio
High School, in Indio, CA. We were both cast in a summer production of the Wizard
of Oz between our Sophmore and Junior year. Alan played the Scarecrow and I
played the Tinman. We became fast friends.
Alan and I loved to sing together. I was the shy lead vocalist and Alan was the
enthusiastic guitar player / backup vocalist. Alan was very outgoing and made
friends with everyone he met. He always had a joke to tell. I'm sure if Alan had his
way, we would have become Rock Stars and made a million dollars and met as
many women. We perfomed a few times around the Coachella Valley, but we always
had a play or musical we were involved in and nothing ever became of our group,
"Kaisa". (I don't really know where the name came from)
Alan married and moved to Napa and I moved to the San Fernando Valley. We
stayed in touch and I even made a few trips to visit him in the bay area. Alan and his
wife, Debbie, divorced and Alan and his two sons moved back to the desert. Over
the years, it became harder to find the time to get together and I think the last time
I saw him was in the late 90's, but we spoke over the phone at least once a year. He
would show up at my Mom's for Christmas when she lived in Indio and Mom
thought of him as one of her own children.
I've always admired Alan for pursuing what he loved to do. He was a sound and
lighting engineer for Ron Lucas for four years, and worked with other celebrities in
Palm Desert, Las Vegas and Branson over the years. He even provided jokes for
some of the comedians he worked with. He knew how to make people laugh.
Alan loved his children. He had a step-daughter, Kayla McSkeane; and two sons,
Christopher and Nicholas McCook. He also adored his sister Carol McCook and
loved his parents Owen and Bonnie McCook.
Alan will be missed by all that knew him and loved him.
Farewell my friend, until we meet again.