Alvin Arlan Hinchee, age 72, of Little Elm, Texas passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2013. He was born in 1941 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Alvin and Stella Hinchee, and was raised in Fairfield, California where his father worked on the railroad to support the war effort. Arlan married Maud Wrightson in 1978.
After graduating from Armijo High School in Fairfield, California, Arlan attended California State University, Chico where he received a B.S. in Zoology. He then earned his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Washington. He specialized in the study of fungi and as a graduate student did groundbreaking ultrastructural research documenting unique cell division processes in Myxomycete fungi.
Arlan dedicated his life to teaching and began his career as a high school teacher and coach at Armijo High School. He then became a college professor and held appointments at several universities, including Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington; the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii; the University of California in Davis, California; St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri; and most recently St. Charles Community College in St. Charles, Missouri. Arlan retired from teaching in 2000 when he and his family moved to Summerville, South Carolina.
Arlan had recently become a resident of Little Elm, Texas, near the Texas family roots of his mother and father, and closer to his daughter's home in south Texas.
As a young man, Arlan was very active in student government and school athletics. He played basketball, baseball and football in high school and was on the track team in college. Arlan enjoyed being outdoors, and was an avid bird watcher and mushroom hunter. He also loved animals and always had dogs and cats as part of his family. In his retirement, Arlan volunteered at various food pantries and Meals on Wheels. Arlan was a member of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Summerville, South Carolina, and recently joined St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Frisco.
Arlan is survived by his wife Maud of Little Elm, Texas, his daughter Kathryn Hinchee-Rodriguez and son-in-law Pavel Rodriguez of San Antonio, Texas and his sister Susan Clark and brother-in-law Keith Clark of Dandridge, Tennessee. He is also survived by extended family of Cindy Walters and Jennifer Doran in Fairfield, California.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 1, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Phillips Episcopal Church, 6400 Stonebrook Parkway, Frisco, Texas. A reception at the family home will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.