Alan Roger Cote was born Feb. 13, 1954 in Ishpeming, Michigan, and passed away peacefully, from brain cancer, on Feb. 5, 2017 in Everett, Washington. He was surrounded by family and friends.
“Podgy,” as he was known to his family and Michigan relatives, was the son of Rudy and Ellie Cote, the middle of six siblings. In the 1960’s, the large family moved to Ballard, Washington, where Alan attended school and graduated from Ballard High School.
The family took annual trips back to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to visit the large extended family, and Alan was always a proud Michigander. Alan, like his father, was a born salesman who could strike up a conversation with anyone about anything, and usually did.
In 1990, Alan married his loving wife, Nancy McLaren, and they moved to Arlington, Washington. Soon they were blessed with their greatest joys, sons Joe and Jared. Alan loved his family, friends, and all his boys’ friends, and while the boys were growing up, there was always a houseful of kids.
Alan was legendary for his Bar B Q dinners and driving his car into the yard – wherever the kids were playing – with a big stack of Costco pizzas. Alan will always be remembered for his fun antics, classic one-liners, generosity, and the love and friendship he showed to all.
He is survived by Nancy, Joseph and Jared; sisters, Karen (Larry) Rygg, Patty (Gus) Cote and Pamela Larson; brothers, David (Laura) Cote, Bryan Cote and Bruce (Angie) Cote; brother in law Mike McLaren, sister in law Lyn (Dan) Nielsen and mother in law Joanne McLaren; many friends, cousins, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews – who will all miss their “Uncle Al.”
Alan was preceded in death by his parents; father in law Jack McLaren and brothers in law Emmett Larson and Steve McLaren.
A Celebration of Life Potluck Brunch in Alan’s honor will be held Sunday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Silvana Viking Hall, Silvana, Washington.
Alan’s family welcomes your favorite memories; feel free to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Memorial donations can be made to the Boys and Girls Club.