Allen Roger Waldron was born on Jan. 6, 1945, in Queens, N.Y., to Buster and Eleanor Waldron and was the youngest of four children. Al attended high school in Queens and loved playing basketball and baseball. Al had a profound love of music and sang in a doo-wop group. Al joined the U.S. Air Force in 1965 and attended Basic Training in Virginia. His first tour of duty was in South Dakota. His second tour of duty led him to Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. In total, Al served five years in the Air Force and his last AFSC was in Food Service. The skills that he learned in the military would lead him to a professional career as a chef post-military service.
After the military, Al decided to make Alaska his home. Al enjoyed cooking and after his military career, Al was a Chef at the Officer’s Club on Elmendorf AFB. In addition, Al’s love for music led him to a successful part-time career as a DJ from 1974-1982, where he worked at radio station KBYR in the 1970s and early 1980s. When Al lost his vision, he went to work for the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired where he taught activities of daily living. He absolutely loved teaching and sharing his culinary skills.
Al was an exemplary example of showing others how they can continue to thrive and live independently. Al was a charter member of Leake Temple Church, where he loved singing in the choir for many years. In the church’s inception in 1972, Al served as the Finance Chairman. Al said the most memorable and exciting event in his life was watching his son Desmond being born into this world. During his later years as a DJ, Al met Dolores Waldron, after her daughters called the radio station and found out that he was also from New York. Allen and Dolores married on July 10, 1982. Al’s union with Dolores would bless him with an additional 10 children and dozens of grandchildren which he accepted as his family. On Thursday, Feb. 12, 2021, Almighty God whispered in Al’s ear and summoned him home.
He fought the good fight of faith and served the will of God. We will miss Al dearly, but we celebrate a life well-lived. Al is survived by his wife, Dolores Waldron; son, Desmond Waldron (Samantha Russell); grandson, Alexander James Waldron; 10 stepchildren; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Al was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.