On July 3, Boyd Kent Alcorn passed away unexpectedly, from sudden and crippling complications of a gall bladder infection. Mr. Alcorn was attended by his daughters, Meg Bigler and Josie Silver, his grandson Zed Potts, and the loving staff at the Franciscan Hospice Center in Tacoma, Wash.
He was born April 24, 1937.
Many local friends and relatives, including his wife, Suzanne Alcorn, and his grandson and daughter-in-law, Ben and Amanda Russo, visited Kent during his critical illness. It was his wish that his life not be prolonged by artificial means should he not be able to recover fully.
Mr. Alcorn had two daughters, five stepchildren, 16 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by all.
An honors graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Alcorn had been tremendously active in many social circles in both Moab, Utah and his home town of Tacoma, Wash. Kent Alcorn was a jack of many trades. A former teacher of French and Spanish, Kent loved great conversation, playing his clarinet, good food accompanied by a good glass of wine, and “saving the environment, one rooftop at a time.” In addition to more than a dozen residential solar power systems in the Moab area, Kent designed and facilitated the solar photovoltaic system that powers Moab’s own community radio station, KZMU. He was also active in the Quaker Friends Meeting of Moab.
Mr. Alcorn was a scholar and teacher of Marshall Rosenburg’s non-violent communication. He worked tirelessly to make the world a better place for all walks of life. He wanted to leave this planet a better place for future generations.
While memorial services will not be held in the Moab area, a memorial garden is planned to honor Kent Alcorn’s work in Moab. (The location has not yet been decided.)