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Alan Black

March 23, 1960 January 21, 2018
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Obituary for Alan Black

Alan Lee Black, a longtime resident of Brighton, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 21, 2018 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. He was 57 years old.

Alan was born on March 23, 1960 in Torrance, California, the oldest of three children to Myron W. and Barbara (nee. Opdale) Black. Following graduation from Farmington Harrison High School in 1978, Alan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Michigan Tech and a Master’s Degree in Business from California State University - Fullerton. 

Alan and Christine were married on July 9, 1983 in Detroit, Michigan, in the same church where they met at youth group a few years prior. In 1996, they made their home in Brighton and together raised three children, Wesley, Caitlin and Avery. Alan had a love of learning that ranged across many fields of knowledge, from theology, history, and the natural world to wine, cheese, and an eclectic taste in music. Alan fed his curiosity by devouring documentaries and books, and also by frequenting museums and finding new hiking trails—two hobbies he often pursued on his many travels. In his 22 years as an Aerospace Engineer at Testek, Inc., Alan was respected for his work ethic, expertise, and professionalism. Alan visited over 27 countries—most of them on behalf of Testek—and his friendly personality enabled him to relate to his colleagues across cultural barriers. Alan was a loving and devoted husband, often inviting Christine to join him on business trips or surprising her with a week in Puerto Rico or a trip to Denmark. As a young couple, they enjoyed the outdoors, camping and hiking, and later became avid Bed and Breakfasters, exploring many places and enjoying the local cuisine. Christine will cherish the memories of their last trip together, a vacation in France where they stayed on a houseboat in Paris. Together, Alan and Christine were active members of Pathway Community Church in Brighton where Alan was a ruling elder for many years and preached on occasion.

Alan will always be remembered as a strong, intelligent, and dedicated man, who enjoyed the simple, most important things in life. Even as he battled an insidious cancer, he remained himself. He continued working until he was no longer physically able and he made jokes until the end. He was empowered by a deep faith and his family for whom he was always concerned about more than himself. He will be deeply missed by many, especially by Christine, his loving wife of 34 years; his dear children, Wesley, Caitlin (David) Fisher and Avery; his sister, Cecilia (Dan) Decook; his brother, Dale as well as many extended family members, friends and colleagues.

Memorial Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 600 E. Main Street, Brighton on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 3-9 PM. 

A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church, 929 Barton Dr, Ann Arbor 48105 on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 1:30 PM.

Memorials may be made in his name to Pathway Community Church, P.O. Box 1198, Brighton, Michigan 48116.

For further information phone Lynch & Sons, Brighton at 810-229-2905.

A tribute from Pathway Community Church, Rev Dr George D Belcher III:

On Sunday, January 21, 2018, Alan Black was called to Christ’s presence, rest, and higher service in the kingdom of God.

Alan, Chris, and their family first came to Pathway Community Church in the fall of 2004. Immediately they got involved. He took on the sound tech and set-up ministry and served in these ministries for almost thirteen years. With Chris, he hosted small group ministry and Pathway fellowship gatherings, opening their home with the grace of hospitality. He and Chris became members of Pathway in 2005 with the first group of members as Pathway was in mission church status with the Great Lakes Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America.
In 2006 Pathway began the process of training the men who would be the first elders of the church. Alan, along with David H and Ron D completed the theological training required for men to serve in this office. They were presented to the presbytery and upon being examined, were confirmed. In March 2007, Pathway became a particular church and Alan B, David H, and Ron D were elected by the membership to the office of elder. Alan was a vital part of Pathway’s very beginnings.

Later, Alan was involved in another church plant…a daughter church of Pathway, Christ Church Ann Arbor. He along with Pathway’s ruling elders at the time (David H, Ron D, David S, Matt S) provided important input and support to encourage the presbytery to move the fledgling Ann Arbor work to mission church status. For several years Pathway served as Christ Church’s session and heard confessions of faith from those who desired to become members of the new church. In 2017 Christ Church became a particular church and Alan served as the stated clerk of the congregational meeting that saw the particularization confirmed by the congregation and presbytery.

Alan taught and supplied the pulpit at Pathway and was a source of wise counsel to many members and friends. At several critical times, he stood in the gap with the elders protecting the church from influences that would have changed Pathway’s core theological convictions, ministry direction, and character of grace. He was not afraid to slow a situation down for prayer and to help make sure the elders had the necessary information to provide Christ-honoring and church-protecting decisions for the fellowship. He was well read and conversant in all aspects of doctrine and philosophy; and an able apologist and polemicist. He was strong in the Lord Jesus and yet gentle and patient as an under-shepherd.

His service to the Church was not limited to Pathway and Christ Church. He served for six years on the presbytery’s Candidates and Credentials Committee, the committee responsible for examining men for licensure to preach and for ordination to pastoral ministry in the PCA.
Alan Black, as our brother in Christ, as an elder in the church, and as our friend, had a heart for Christ, a heart for His sheep, and a heart for His church and ensured that the Pathway flock was fed the Word of God. He was an example of steadfastness, integrity, and honor in the church for us all.

We thank God to have served with Alan Black in the Church and for the legacy of commitment to Christ he leaves with us. We are confident that his service for the Lord Jesus continues even now in the eternal presence of God.

A tribute from Testek, Inc., written by Shilpa Patel:

Alan was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer nearly 3 years ago.  Even with the most discouraging diagnosis and challenges he faced, Alan continued to remain cheerful and hopeful.

For those of you who knew Alan, you know what an incredible man he was with so many wonderful qualities.

The loss of Alan Black is a big loss to our organization.  Alan joined Testek 22 years ago when Testek purchased the data and licensing rights to the ATE product line from Sundstrand.  It is because of Alan that Testek has the ATE product line today.  Alan helped grow this company.  Alan’s knowledge and leadership of the ATE Group was the foundation for the success of the ATE product line.  Alan’s legacy at Testek will continue through the ATE product line which he was so instrumental in starting and developing. 

To many of you, Alan Black, was a great friend, supervisor, colleague, and mentor.  To us (the Patel family), he was also an excellent sounding board, someone we could always count on and trust, and someone we hoped to continue our relationship with for many more years.  One of Alan’s personality traits that I most admired was that I never heard Alan say anything negative about anyone.  It was simply not in his nature.

We are devastated by the loss of Alan.  He will truly be missed.  Anyone who knew Alan knows what a good man he was.  He was the man that someone would want as their husband, father, brother, son, and friend.  What a fine legacy he left not only at Testek but with all the people he came in contact with.

Previous Events





3:00 PM 1/26/2018 3:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 1/26/2018 9:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Brighton

600 East Main Street
Brighton, MI 48116

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Brighton
600 East Main Street Brighton 48116 MI
United States





1:30 PM 1/27/2018 1:30:00 PM
Christ Church Ann Arbor

929 Barton Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Christ Church Ann Arbor
929 Barton Dr. Ann Arbor 48105 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Pathway Community Church

PO Box 1198
Brighton, MI 48116

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