John E. Alman

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John E. Alman

May 28, 1936-May 25, 2016

Former Alaska resident Dr. John Earnest Alman, 79, succumbed to heart failure in the home of his daughter in Phoenix, Ariz., on May 25, 2016, at 5:22 p.m. A celebration of John’s life will be held 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 3rd, at Snowflake Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 8090 Concho Hwy; Snowflake, AZ 85937. Condolences may be made online through John’s Facebook page at

John (aka Jack; Big John and Grandpa John) was born in Marysville, Calif., to George Douglas Alman and Bernice (Twitchell) Alman. He graduated from high school in Anchorage in 1954 and from Washington State University in 1960 with a doctorate of veterinary medicine. John worked on a surveyor crew to complete the Sterling Highway between Anchorage and Homer while he was in high school. 

His veterinary practice specialized in large animals in rural areas of Calgary, Texas and Iowa. Most notable were the contributions he made to the industrialization of animal agriculture in the 1960s where he implemented many sanitary practices on farms in order to minimize the spread of diseases. John also developed a nutritionally balanced feed formula for swine herds that was eventually acquired by Purina. John retired from veterinary practice in the 1980s and pursued a simpler life and a relationship with Jesus Christ, eventually becoming a full time Pastor and later retiring altogether after operating an assisted living home with his wife for several years. He was an avid reader and seeker of truth and wisdom. He always sought to be a better person and to point others to know Christ more deeply. 

John was preceded in death by his Parents, Doug and Bernice Alman; his Brother, Doug Alman; granddaughter, Amber JoAnne Shively; and his second wife, Patricia Breikjern Alman. 

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; his eight children, Michael and (Debbie) Alman, Iowa; Daniel and (Susan) Alman, N.M.; P. Greg and (Shannon) Alman, of Anchor Point; (Jim) and Rhonda Alman Beyreis, Arizona.; Kira Alman Clausen, Washington; Memery Alman, N.M.; Fathom Alman McKeown, N.M. and (Keith) and Tesha Alman Davey, California; Bonnie’s three children, Tami Dilg, Robert Howard and Jacob Howard; 48 grandchildren; 68 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; his sister, Jean Alman Hedin, California; sister-in-law Diana Alman, and his first wife, Betsy Jones, Utah.

“John will be missed by all of these as well as many nieces, nephews and very dear friends that adopted him as Dad and Grandpa. He loved you all and he prayed for you all every day,” his family said.


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