OBITUARY: Alan C. Groffman |

OBITUARY: Alan C. Groffman

Alan C. Groffman born 2/22/42 of South Lake Tahoe California, previously of Livermore and San Leandro, CA passed away on 3/7/2011. He was the son of Al and Dorothy Groffman. He is survived by his daughters, Melinda Groffman and Viki Groffman both of Dublin, California. His memory remains in the heart of his Daughters, many friends and his beloved dog Ozzy.

Alan grew up in San Leandro California. After High School, he spent some time in the Navy traveling the world. His favorite places were Hong Kong and Shanghai. After his tour, he settled in as a carpenter, husband and father, eventually buying a ranch in Livermore California. While there, he trained horses, participated in the Rowell Ranch Rangers, and was an active leader in the local 4-H club. He taught his children the value of hard work and an appreciation of the outdoors. The ranch was always open to friends and was often the site of impromptu parties. In addition to his travels in the military, he loved to travel in his motor home across country, camping with his family along the way. Whether in a motor home, on a motorcycle or in his beautiful Corvette, nothing made him feel more free than being on the road enjoying the outdoors. After more than 40 years perfecting his craft as a carpenter, he retired and moved to beloved Tahoe. He took a supplemental job as a ski instructor and decided he better learn how to ski. Only Dad could talk someone into giving him a job as an instructor untested and only Dad had the spirit to learn it quickly enough to keep the job! In 2007, he was devastated by the loss of his house in the fires that affected so many. In typical spirit, he regrouped and built his dream house. He loved showing it off and telling the stories about the decisions behind all the unique features of the house.

On 3/7/2011 Alan passed from this life with the peace and dignity he deserved-with his friends and family at his side. Alan had so many friends, some for 5, 10 or 15 years. Many were for more than 50 years. No matter how long they knew him, everyone remembers something he did for them or a time that he was there when they needed a friend. We would be so pleased if you joined us in a celebration of his life. Please bring a story to share that will put a smile in our hearts when we think of him.

The celebration of his life will be:

Sunday, March 27th at 11:00 am

The Century House 2401 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton

Flower deliveries cannot be accepted at this location

Flowers can be sent to:

7579 Silvertree Lane, Dublin, CA 94568

Or In lieu of flowers, he would be grateful for any contributions made in his name to: League to Save Lake Tahoe

2608 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

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