Lieutenant Colonel Alan Arthur Frick of St. Petersburg, Florida passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, November 2, 2018 at his daughters home in Highlands, North Carolina. Alan was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 63 years Doris Devlin Frick. He was the treasured and beloved father of Barbara Bridge and James (Fort Collins, CO), Margaret Giardina and Edward (St. Petersburg, FL), Dr. Robert Frick and Karen (New Bern, NC), James Frick, CPA and Laura (Atlanta, GA), Donna Lathem and William (Atlanta, GA), John Devlin, PharmD and Isabel (Gainesville, FL), and Patricia Blauvelt and Christopher (Clearwater, FL) and his 5 grandchildren, Kathleen Bridge, Robert Frick, Sara Frick, Jacqueline Devlin and Sean Devlin.
Alan A. Frick was born in Watertown, South Dakota in 1929. He was raised in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Following high school, he obtained an appointment to West Point Military Academy. Upon graduation from West Point, he joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Alan later earned a Master of Civil Engineering degree from Iowa State College. Col. Frick spent 11 of his 20 year military career overseas with the Corps. This included a hardship tour to Greenland, and tours during combat in Korea in 1952 and in Viet Nam from1969 to1971.
Upon his retirement from the Army in 1971, he was employed at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa for approximately 12 years as the Port Engineer and later promoted to Deputy Port Director. When he retired from the Port in 1983, he and Doris moved to St. Petersburg, Florida.
He thoroughly enjoyed imparting his dry sense of humor, great wisdom, worldly advice and incredible knowledge of history to his children and grandchildren. He never failed to set a perfect example of honesty, integrity, fairness and quiet dignity. He left this world a better place by leading the example of what a man should be. He will be sorely missed by the family to whom he gave his constant, unparalleled commitment to his entire life.
Alan and Doris will be buried together at the Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Florida.