One Less Starbucker

The frailty of humanity engulfs me today.

One of the Starbucks regulars in Eagle Rock won’t be brightening the shop any more.


He died.

Was killed, to be more precise.  By a careless driver.

Alan was biking through next-door Pasadena this past Thursday, apparently on his way to Denny’s for his free birthday Grand Slam breakfast.

He never made it.

The only slam he got was from the car that plowed into him while he was passing through a crosswalk.

Happy 61st birthday.

The thin film of comfort I have in this sad moment comes from what I read on his Facebook page posts from his birthday.

So many people wished him a happy birthday.  And he honored the well-wishers with personal and loving words, not just a “like” click.

In his final posts, I hear joy in his voice.  Happiness.

He really was loving his last day on earth

without realizing it was his last.



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6 Responses to One Less Starbucker

  1. Rich says:

    Sorry to hear the sad news of Alan. At any rate, we miss you here in Newbury Park. Hope all is going well with you.

  2. MOGBlogger says:

    Anyone wishing to bid Alan farewell, please note this announcement from the “Baroque at Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts” Facebook page:, which states that “The October 5th concert will be dedicated
    to the memory of Alan Deane, musician and devoted friend of the Glendale Noon Concerts,
    who passed away September 22nd, his birthday. In his long career, Alan had been guitarist.vocalist for the Captain & Tennille, the Grass Roots, Johnny Rivers, and countless television and film projects. He was also an actor and green transport activist. We are glad to have met Alan and will remember his wonderful spirit.” The event is at First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 N. Louise St. (at Wilson) in Glendale, CA

  3. Blue Energy says:

    Alan and I were internet friends. We ‘met’ in the late nineties as fellow members of a users group for a piece of musical equipment that we were both big fans of. He was a nice guy with a big heart. We were both unemployed at the time and we wrote back and forth a lot. Then, he signed on with a band and hit the road and, as internet relationships often go, we didn’t have contact with each other for over ten years. Just six six weeks ago we got back in touch by accident. We caught up over the course of a couple of weeks, but he didn’t mention that he was ‘houseless’.

    I can tell you that he seemed happier now than he was back then. He was involved in a big project with another member of that same users group (via the internet). He clearly enjoyed doing it, and was very excited about it’s prospects. He seemed to have become content with his life. He seemed happy.

    Our mutual friend wrote me about his accident yesterday and we talked on the phone last night. On the one hand: what a shame that it happened at all – but most especially just as they had almost reached the fruition of all their hard work. On the other: he died suddenly, with his boots on, and without suffering. He was living on his own terms, and in the process of doing something positive, that he loved, with someone he respected and enjoyed working with. There are a lot worse ways to go.

  4. MOGBlogger says:

    An article about Alan’s fatal accident:

  5. TBD says:

    Alan Deane has done extensive vocal harmony charts for some of the Beach Boys better known songs. His Web site is

  6. MOGBlogger says:

    If you want to read more about Alan Deane’s unique lifestyle of the past few years, please see this article: Alan is the person the article anonymously references as Erwin.

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