Allan Reed Heath, age 69, of Lake Charles died February 23, 2011, in a local care facility
Allan was a Lake Charles native, a graduate of LaGrange Senior High School, and McNeese State University. Allan championed McNeese and the marching band at every turn, and cured our childhood earaches by playing his R13 Clarinet.
Allan's genuine friendliness and expert knowledge on Hobie Cat sail boats, made him a natural as the business owner of Sail-n-Ski during the 1970's, and Through the Looking Glass, a sports wear apparel shop, during the 1980's until July 2011. Allan was the Lake Charles Yacht Club Commodore in 1973, and his achievements and contributions include winning five championships and introducing the Hobie Cat to the Lake Charles area. Allan's good friend, Hobie Cat executive Paul Collins, once asked Allan if he could give his daughter sailing lessons, but due to a regatta event, Allan politely declined. Years later, Allan regaled telling the story in which he forever kicked himself for turning down Bo Derek one hot summer.
Allan was a devotee of horticulture, Mark Twain, and the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Allan believed that truth and philosophy could be found at the Taos, New Mexico Ski Valley. Save us a seat at the great chalet, Allan. Love ya, Bubba.
Allan is survived by his sister, Abigail Heath Richard husband Chris, two nieces, L. Dover and Caitlin Richard, and numerous cousins. Allan is preceded in death by his parents, John and Gertrude Heath, and sister, Jan Heath.
Memorial services will be at 3:00 PM Saturday, February 26, 2011 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Father Jack Myers will officiate. A gathering of friends will be Saturday from 11:00 AM until the time of service in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the McNeese Alumni Association, MSU Box 90775, Lake Charles, LA, 70609.