Allen Diershaw


Anchorage resident Allen Diershaw, 80, died March 10, 2007, at Alaska Regional Hospital as a result of a vehicle/pedestrian accident.
A graveside service with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Friday at the Church of the Nazarene in Eagle River. Honorary pallbearers include Bruce Diershaw, Kelvin Diershaw, Kyler Diershaw and Kris Diershaw.
Allen was born Nov. 22, 1926, in Chicago to Ida and Edwin Diershaw. He was a 1944 graduate of Knox College in Chicago. He enlisted in the Army and was a World War II veteran.
Allen moved to Alaska in 1952, working with the Department of Fish and Game and also joining the Anchorage Volunteer Fire Department. In 1955, he began working with RCA Communications as an engineer on the early warning sites statewide, where his appreciation of Alaska wilderness and wildlife grew. Allen opened one of the first personal computer businesses in Anchorage in 1982, identifying future personal and business essentials with his forward thinking. He was a tremendous advocate of the contributions of science and directed the state science fair for a number of years. He appreciated critical thinking. From the mid '80s to the early '90s, he owned a communications consulting firm, working in Alaska, Venezuela, Peru, China and the Soviet Union.
Allen was an avid golfer and enjoyed skiing, dancing and hiking.
He was a member of the American Legion and 35+ Singles Club.
His family wrote: "He was a family man who believed that a good education would serve you well. He was a kind person with a great sense of humor, huge heart and always tried to help others."
He is survived by his beloved wife, Betty; sister, Beth Blind; brother, Bruce Diershaw; seven children and their spouses, Kedrin Purcell, Kelvin and Debbie Diershaw, Kyler Diershaw, Kris and Tina Diershaw, Kim and Steve Foster, Lizmery and Wendy; niece, Mary Beth Curtis; nephew, David Blind; grandchildren including Michael, James and Daniel Purcell, Devynn Diershaw, Graham, Aimee and Peter Brookins, Christy, Katy and Elizabeth Diershaw, Danielle South, Amber and Courtney Diershaw, Colin Redmond, Lindsey Profeta and Ben Foster; and great-grandchildren including Samantha, Joel, Margo, Addison and Jonah.
Memorial donations may be made to the Allen Diershaw Memorial Education Fund, which will be established at Wells Fargo bank.
Published in the Anchorage Daily News on 3/18/2007.