Warren Milo McAlister
January 6, 1945 - September 11, 2019
Warren "Mac" McAlister, of Fairbanks, lost his battle with angiosarcoma and went to be with his savior on Sept. 11, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor McAlister; daughter, Karen McAlister; and son, Tim McAlister - all of Fairbanks. He is also survived by his older siblings of Danville, Maine - sister, Marilyn Redmun; brother, Franklin McAlister, and sister, Joyce MacDonald; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins, also in Maine.
Warren was born in 1945 in Maine and joined the Air Force in 1965. While in the military, he met and married Eleanor. After being stationed in the "remote" location of Murphy Dome in 1967, he decided Fairbanks was the place for him. After attending Midwestern Baptist College in Michigan, he moved to Fairbanks permanently with his wife and daughter in 1972. Warren's priority was his family, and always was there to help, support, guide and encourage. He was also active in church and enjoyed many outdoor activities. He was the ultimate DIYer and both enjoyed and excelled at doing projects around the house. He was committed to his job, working security for the pipeline for almost 45 years, all the way until the week before his passing.
He was a friend to many - at work, church and even during his stay in Seattle for treatment. He was strong and independent, and not one to complain, even during the course of his treatments over the last 17 months. He tried to maintain a positive attitude, and be an encouragement to others, even when he was going through trying times himself.
A funeral service for Warren will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Bible Baptist Chuch, 32 Adak Ave.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, P.O. Box 19023, Seattle, WA 98109-1023. Checks should be made payable to SCCA with indication that they are for the "Warren M. McAlister Memorial Fund." You may also donate online at secure.seattlecca.org, designating it as a Memorial for Warren M. McAlister.
Published in Fairbanks Daily-News Miner on September 18, 2019
From Alyeska Corporate Communications
We are sad to report the loss of long-term TAPS employee Warren “Mac” McAlister. Mac started with DUS in November 1999 when DUS took over the contract for security on the trans-Alaska pipeline. Mac came to Alaska with the US Air Force and fell in love with Alaska during his time at the Murphy Dome. He started working on the pipeline in 1975. He served in many roles, working at most of the pump stations and post assignments throughout his career. He was a leader, teacher, mentor, and friend to countless members of DUS, and employees of Alyeska, as well as other contractors. He is remembered fondly for his friendly, positive attitude and willingness to lend a hand in any task. He took great pride in his job, and his enthusiasm for meeting the mission while working safely was inspiring. His institutional knowledge was unparalleled and he always did his best to ensure that people had the information and training they needed to safely complete their job.
Mac is survived by his wife Eleanor, son Tim and daughter Karen.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 21 at 1 p.m. at the Bible Baptist Church, 32 Adak Avenue in Fairbanks. All friends and current and former TAPS co-workers are welcome to attend. Current DUS security officers planning to attend the funeral service are requested to wear the duty uniform with a black band over the uniform breast badge.
There will be a private family viewing prior to the funeral service and a private graveside service after the funeral both of which will be limited to invitation only. Burial will take place at the Northern Lights Memorial Cemetery.
Flowers can be sent to the Warren McAlister services, c/o Bible Baptist Church, 32 Adak Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99701. Flowers should be scheduled for delivery on Saturday morning, September 21, between 9 and 11 a.m.
Cards can be sent to Warren McAlister Family, 4716 Amherst Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99709.