- 59 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 30, 1954
- Date of passing: Dec 29, 2013
- Place of passing:
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
|Enjoy the journey, do it right the first time, and live each day like it's your last. Four fingers for 4 years post liver transplant in 2011.|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Al Alquist, 59, of Bothell Washington who passed away on December 29, 2013 in Minneapolis surrounded by family after a hard fought battle with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. Al is preceded in death by his father, Severn G Alquist. He is survived by beloved fiancée, Brenda Mork; sons, Nicholas & Benjamin; mother, Frances Alquist; brother Larry (Patti) Alquist; sister, Karen Johnson; nieces, Greta & Ingrid Alquist, Katie Johnson; nephew, Erik Alquist and many dear friends and relatives.
He was born on November 30, 1954 to Severn and Frances Alquist in Minneapolis MN. He graduated from Osseo High School and earned degrees in biology and physiology from the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington. He worked as a medical scientist at the University of Washington Medical Center.
Al will be remembered for his lifelong love of sports and the outdoors. He coached youth basketball, baseball and soccer and in later years umpired for little league, high school and college baseball games. In 2013 he received the "Brian Gooch Distinguished Service Award" from the Northwest Umpires Association. He enjoyed hiking, biking and spending time outside in the woods, mountains and on Whidbey Island with his sons, family and friends. Al will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
A celebration of Al's life will be at St. John's Episcopal Church at 913 2nd Street in Snohomish, WA on January 25, 2014 at 11a.m. Special thanks to the medical staff at University of Minnesota Medical Center Transplant Program and 4A Medical ICU. Memorials may be sent in his name to Life Center Northwest (lcnw.org). His family requests that all who are inspired by Al's life complete organ donor registration when you renew your drivers' license or online at https://www.lifesourcedonorregistry.org.
"Al...thinking about you today as you celebrate 3 years in heaven and are remembered as my "Peaceful Warrior". I just found an email that I received back in Aug-2007 from Al that I'd like to share.
From Al: "...I continue to appreciate the calming moments and calming people...Those that have alot to say through quiet and peaceful living in the present moment...The folks that have achieved balance through their past and remain optimistic about their life span, their occasional detours and their ability to withstand hardship. I have had so many people in my life that have conferred 'this presence' and their disposition of calm and of confidence with themselves and their 'present moments' with those around them. I seem to meet these people when I need it most...My wonderful support groups who have helped me endure this latest chapter (transplant prep, surgery, & recovery) in my life."
These words from Al still "warm my heart" like it was yesterday! He is truly missed. Sending hugs to the Alquist family, Jacki"
"Been thinking a lot about my brother who passed three years ago today. His laugh, his joyful spirit, his passion for life and his family/friends. He will truly be forever missed. I'm very happy that my AZ friends are biking today and remembering him. He loved to bike, hike and do just about anything outdoors."
"Dec. 29, 2016
The AZ Snowbirds will be doing a bike ride today with memories of Al.
Ride on, Al!"
"To my greatest hero,
Thank you for everything - Literally.
With Limitless Love,
"Thinking of you today, Al, when you made lasagna when I came out to Seattle to visit and the lasagna ended up on the floor, the glass dish shattering into pieces!
Happy birthday, gentle friend....
"Al, as I took the time to re-read the tribute your family put together of you, I'm personally reminded of those child-hood years of us shooting "hoops" or playing "catch" in your back-yard. The spaghetti dinners your mom used to cook to the drinks you used to make at "Little Jacks" when you were bartending. Your "love of life" was contagious!!!!!! From the "misty water-colored memories" ............ I remember our friendship .................. and the "Way We Were"! "HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUDDY!!!!!!!!""
"Al...your spirit remains alive within us...you are missed...but your presence is felt "each & every day". Your secret admirer, Jacki"
"Thinking of you today, Al, and I pictured you umpiring baseball games with the angels. And then I thought about the year you coached my softball team...it brought a smile to my face. You were so patient with us gals! Oh my gosh, you sure had your hands full!
Peace, gentle friend."
"Found ourselves reminiscing about Al and his sweet mama Fran over the holidays. Remembering him makes us smile."
"The Snowbirds Cycle Group in the Phoenix area will do a bike ride whereon we'll remember Al and others who can only pedal along in spirit. It was on one of our bike rides two years ago that Karen called with news of his passing. Ride on, Al!"
"Al...you will be forever in our hearts...and your spirit remains alive within each of us! Your secret admirer, Jacki"
"It is unbelievable that you've been gone from our lives for almost 2 years. I sometimes am filled with a grief that is undefinable and deep without bottom. You were so much a part of the fabric of our family. The little brother always bringing energy, new perspective and vitality to anything we did. Love you, Al, forever. Karen"
"One of my past times:
Playing 313 with you and the family. I remember we would bring out the big Mexican hat and make the winner of the round wear it until they lost a round...
Love you <3"
"Always in my thoughts each & every year! Your spirit will remain alive within my heart forever! Hugs, Jacki"
"One of the finest human beings to inhabit this world. Al, I miss you, think of you so often and just really feel truly blessed to have been a part of your life. I love you."
""Forever Missed" says it all, Al. The memorial, the photos, and the tribute that have been left in your honor reflect a truly, "special" person. Not only to your family and friends, but to this "child-hood" buddy of yours who cherished our time growing up together. I have been "blessed" not only by our friendship, but by the love I got to know spending time with you and your family. The "Alquist" name will forever be a "cherished" part of my life!!!!!!!! Godspeed My Friend, Greg Schweikert"
"Thinking of you Al as you celebrate your 1 year anniversary of living with our Lord! Sending warm wishes of comfort to your family and friends who miss you so much.
Peace, gentle friend."
"Lighting a candle in your honor Al as you celebrate a year with the angels. Memories of you bring smiles and warmth. I'm holding your family in my heart today. You are missed my friend."
"Remembering Al today as he celebrates one year in heaven...his spirit will remain "alive" within me each & every day! I know that he is shining down on us with a BIG SMILE! He is truly missed...and will never be forgotten! Sending heartfelt hugs to the family, Jacki"
"A year ago a few of us bicycling snowbirds were stopped for a break at the Orange Patch Store in Mesa when Karen called with news of Al's passing. Our wheels will roll again today and sing a memory of Al. - Jeff R."
"Miss you today, Al. My mom, Nana and I spent a lot of time thinking of you and reminiscing about your wonderful spirit over the Thanksgiving holiday. You still are an inspiration and I think about you often.
"Al, my little brother and most wonderful friend,
I miss you terribly today on your birthday - would've been 60 years old. Your easy smile, infectious laugh and always cheerful outlook. Wish we were out biking, hiking, or sitting under a tree watching the sunrise over a Minnesota lake. Love you always, Karen"
"Al only spent about a week at my Mesa, AZ, place with Fran in 2011, but his presence still echos and a drawer full of his hand sanitizing wipes remains. He passed away on my birthday while I was on a bike ride with some friends. It was a quiet ride after getting a call from Karen during our rest stop."
"This is a beautiful picture of the love that Al had in his life. I am thinking about all of you during this holiday season. My time with your family is a happy childhood memory!
"Thinking of you today - Karen - and your family. Be well."
"Tugging at my heart strings tonight. I miss your unconditional love and support.
Love beyond belief,
Your young one."
"I worked with Al at the Univ. of Washington - Rehab Medicine Department from 1995-2000. I just found out about his passing and felt so sad upon learning this news.
Al was such a kind, friendly guy, always ready to share a big smile. He often would ride his bicyle to work I can still picture him coming onto the 8th floor of Rehab Med, decked out in his bike clothes, invigorated and ready to begin his day.
He loved to share stories of his young sons - like the time he bought them a shop vac & the fun they had vacuuming up all the water on the basement floor! I could tell he loved his boys very much.
I am so glad I to have known Al and send all of you, his family & friends, my sincere condolences. -Pam Pogemiller"
"I just learned of Al's passing and am sorry to be so late in posting this. I worked with Al at the University of Washington. He was always so upbeat, a lot of fun to be around, and so good to others. What a loss to his family, Brenda and friends!!! You've put together a wonderful memorial for him. I have his old canoe so I'll take it out for a memorial paddle and think of him. Anita Sterling (friend from UW Rehabilitation Medicine)"
"I just now found Al's memorial website in my "junk" emails and though it is quite late, wanted to write a note to tell you all how sorry I am about the loss of Al. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days to come. It is a difficult loss to bear. . .son, brother, father, uncle, fiancé and friend.
I remember Al as Karen's little brother! My times spent with the Alquist family were always happy and fun. It was so long ago and yet I remember those days as being very important to me in my growing up years. . .especially the junior high years. I also remember the food was good!
Thank you for sharing this website. It is nice to learn more about the man that Al became and to see all of the family pictures. If I were going to describe Al as a boy, the words I would use would be "quiet", "kind" and "smart". I can tell from seeing his memorial website, he grew up to be those things and so much more!
"Dear Alquist family,
I considered Al as one of my best friends in high school. He was always gentle, soft spoken, and genuine. We kept in contact after graduation. Al coached my women's softball team through my work, and boy did he have his hands full! But despite the chaos, he remained calm, soft spoken, and positive. Years later, after Al moved to Washington, I went out for a visit, stopping at Greg Schweikert's on the way, of course!
I have so many fun memories hanging out with Al, like a big brother I never had. Facebook brought the miles closer in recent years, and I'm so grateful to have reconnected after raising our families.
Please know my heart will be with you January 25th as you celebrate the special gifts Al gave us during his full life.
Blessings and peace,
Nyki Stocco Uhrich"
"Al and I were casual friends in NBUA, at that time I was the Sunshine chair and part of my duties were to call on sick and injured. Al was a special type person, when I called he would always divert the conversation to "how are the other guys?" He was always minimizing his condition and maximizing his desire to return to umpiring. We couldn't believe how Al came back after his transplant and did over 100 games. During this time I grew to know the very gentle side of Al, the caring and loving side of a man who knew his destiny and was so gracious about it. He always had a smile on the phone, you could see and feel it. Al was kind and loving and would do anything for a friend. I'm very proud to be able to call Al my friend. Brian Gooch, NBUA"
"Al became my friend many years ago though both our association with NBUA (Northwest Baseball Umpires Association). We became close through his first bout with his liver disease as he kept me up to date on the disease progress, his hopes, his fears, his faith, his positive attitude he would receive a transplant. I visited him many times through his journey. He was/is truly one of my very best friends and I will cherish that friendship until we are able to meet again. God Bless"
"Al and I grew up together as grade-school buds from the 3rd grade at Edgewood Elementary in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. We both shared a passion for sports. We loved to compete, not only with each other, but together on team sports (i.e., baseball, basketball, tennis, golf to name a few). Al was very, "gifted" athletically. He just seemed to be a "natural" when it came to adapting to a particular sport and achieving it at a "high-level". Our lives separated when Al went on to pursue his career in medicine in the state of Washington. Though months could pass, we could pick up the phone and get caught-up as if we saw each other yesterday. That was the beauty of our friendship. Never any quilt, always a joy to just hear from each other. We always wished the best for each other. No matter the circumstances, we always made the time to connect when the other was in town. Now that Al's body has left this physical world, the memory of his "wry" smile, his infectious laughter, and the joy I got in growing up with my school-yard buddy will stay as close and "fresh" to me as our friendship had in the days he was alive. Al is not really gone for me, he's now just waiting for when it's time for his buddy to come to "town"."
"I send my heart & my love to ALL the Alquist family! Al was an amazing young man who was "gifted" with so many talents and in so many fields. May this "candle" that I light for him shine brightly for ALL to see and for all time. He has left an indelible mark upon my heart and those of my family! He shall be greatly missed, but never forgotten! "Mom Schweigs""
"It was hard to imagine Al being so ill, as that image is so incongruous with memories of his amazing athleticism and vitality. My most vivid and enduring memory, however, is his incredible and easy laugh. (I still smile whenever I think of it, though I hadn't seen Al for over thirty years.)
My deepest sympathy to Al's family, to Karen, to Fran and to Larry."
"Al...will forever be remembered as my "Peaceful Warrior"...his strength and determination throughout his journey of life are amazing! What an inspiration...as I gaze into the stars at nite...he will forever be a bright shining star...bringing smiles to my face! Al will be greatly missed and was always considered a part of the Schweikert family! With many heartfelt hugs, Jacki"
"So "SORRY" to all. This came as "VERY SAD SHOCK"! It sounds like Al lived life to its fullest. And he had 2 great kids with lots of family and friends. He isn't here now but, will always be in hearts, mind and soul to those that knew him."
"Even though I never met him , I feel that he loved life & was a passionate fighter to embrace life. He seems like such a good and gentle soul who will be very missed by all who knew him."
"I think your brother would really like this website - great job and I am so sorry for your loss. I'll continue to spread the donor request."
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