Word just reached us that long time SCAA member Allan Fink passed away on May 27, 2013. We’d like to express our condolences to his family and wish them all the best. His daughter writes “Please give our appreciation to your airport firemen and traffic controllers for their many years of taking care of my parents. Sincerely, Vickie Lytle”

The following obituary appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.


ALLAN L. FINK, beloved husband to Arleen Fink and father of Ken Fink, Vickie Lytle and Jenny Monbouquette, passed away in the final moments of Memorial Day, May 27, 2013. He was the epitome of the Greatest Generation: honest, hard-working, fiercely loyal to his friends, family and country.

Allan was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1924, to Sarah and Jack Fink, and had an older brother, Francis Fink. Prior to attending college, Allan enlisted in the Army Air Corps, serving in the South Pacific during WWII as a pilot on the B-24 Liberator. He renewed his love of flying later in life as a proud pilot and owner of a Beechcraft Bonanza, taking trips all around the country with Arleen.

After the War he attended college, attaining his law degree from Stanford University, specializing in financial services law. The last 30 years of his career were spent at the Severson & Werson Law Firm in San Francisco, where he thrived in the growth and development of the business and a cherished group of attorneys.

Unquestionably, the highlight of Allan’s life was his almost 63 years of marriage to Arleen (Redwine) Fink. After meeting on the Lurline during a vacation to Hawaii in 1949, Allan and Arleen married in the Stanford Chapel in 1950. They later returned to Hawaii for a couple of years, where their first child, Ken, was born. Al and Arleen eventually settled in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they were blessed with two more children, daughters Vickie and Jenny.

Allan was preceded in death by his best friend and only son, Ken Fink, who was killed in 1978 in a helicopter crash while working as a geologist in Alaska. We are comforted by knowing Allan and Ken are reunited.

Allan is survived by his treasured wife, Arleen Fink; daughters, Vickie Lytle of Colorado, and Jenny Monbouquette of Santa Monica; and grandchildren, Marc, Kevin & Amy Lytle, and Max & Lily Monbouquette.

Burial will be at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto. A memorial service will be held later this year.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 12, 2013
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