Alan Eugene Coffey
March 19, 1942 – August 3, 2019
Alan Eugene Coffey, age 77, of Peoria, passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019. He was born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois on March 19, 1942. Alan graduated high school in 1960 from Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas, Texas; then furthered his education at University of Texas obtaining a Bachelor’s degree and later obtained two Master's Degrees. In 2013 he graduated from Charis Bible College, AZ. On April 5, 2016 he married Gail Peoples. Alan worked in Army Intelligence for 20+ years retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He then served as a Chaplin at Phoenix Children’s Hospital for 10 years. He was a member of the American Legion and the NRA, and had a passion for serving the Lord and others, history, and firearms. Alan is survived by his loving spouse, Gail; three children, Tamara Coffey, Alex Coffey, and Shea Moran; two siblings, Peggy Smith, and Jerry Coffey; five grandchildren, Dominic Clark, Alan-Michael Moran, Conor Moran, Caleb Coffey, and Makayla Coffey; a great grandchild, London Clark; and many other loving family and friends. Visitation will be from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Friday, August 9, 2019 at First Baptist Church – Sun City West, 17419 N. Conquistador Drive, Sun City West, AZ 85375 with the Funeral service to follow at 11:00 am. Committal Service with Military Honors will then be held at 1:30 pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024. Arrangements have been entrusted to Shadow Mountain Mortuary.
- Alex Coffey, Pallbearer
- Caleb Coffey, Pallbearer
- Dominic Clark, Pallbearer
- Alan-Michael Moran, Pallbearer
- Darren Peoples, Pallbearer
- Robert Peoples, Pallbearer
- Jason Moran, Pallbearer
- Vistitation Friday, August 9, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, August 9, 2019
- Committal Service with Military Honors Friday, August 9, 2019
Alan Eugene Coffey
August 21, 2019
Dad adopted my sister Shea and me late in life. I had always assumed that adoption was kind of automatic, anytime a man married a woman with kids.
My adoption story occurred 27 years ago. I was in the Army and had just returned from invading a small country in Central America when dad said he needed to take care of some minor infraction, or something to that effect at the courthouse the next day, and afterward, we would go and celebrate my return. While sitting in the courtroom, listening to speeders and petty criminals plead their cases, we all were eventually called up and I was thinking; “what did I do?” The judge eventually explained what the occasion was for and that was how I learned I was being adopted at age 28. Patterned after a military no notice deployment (you don’t know why, or where you are going, you just go). That is the way dad did things; shock and awe.
There was no legal or compelling reason for Dad to adopt my sister and me. He did it, just because. He wanted us to know that we were his.
It was not uncommon in my military career to come across soldiers who served under or alongside dad. In every instance they would heap praises on dad and that he was the best officer they had the pleasure of serving with. His reputation and impact amongst the community of intelligence soldiers went on long after he retired, and I must admit, I liked the benefit of having the last name Coffey.
Since I can remember, dad was always searching for the truth. He was drawn to the things of God and knew that there was something more beyond this life. That search took the family on some interesting journeys, but always for truth, always for the benefit of the family. Out of that search and desire to know God, came a lasting legacy. It was dad’s devotion to, and love for His Redeemer, Jesus Christ, that ultimately led me to my own personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
August 16, 2019
I have fond memories of serving with LTC Alan Coffey; he was one of the finest officers that I’ve ever encountered - ethical, highly professional, and a great guy - I’m saddened at his passing and will remember him in my prayers.
MAJ, USA, RET
Tennis & Sue Ingebretson
August 12, 2019
Alan was such a fun guy. Tennis & I enjoyed his sense of humor. He made us laugh and we loved to make him laugh. We look forward to seeing him again. But now I'm sure everyone that meets him in heaven is smiling and enjoying his sense of humor there!! He will be missed on the earth!
August 10, 2019
Alan was one of the best men that I have ever known. We rode to school together (Charis Bible College) for a year. I got to know him as a friend. We shared a lot of our lives with each other and had a lot in common. We spent time talking about life, politics and watching videos from the Truth Project. He was a true man of God that loved Jesus. I'm happy for Alan who is forever young and sad for me because there is more to talk about and there is no cell service in heaven. I know he will be there when I go to heaven some day and then we can continue our talks.