Alan Moutran, 70, loved golf

Alan W. Moutran, 70, of New Preston, a devoted golfer whose gracious and gentle manner gathered to him many friends, died Sept. 25.

He not only loved golf, he lived golf. When he wasn't playing golf, he was watching it, and when he wasn't watching golf, he was either reading about it or talking about it.

His passion for golf was as much about the game as it was about the people he met along the way and the extended community he developed through this shared interest.

Always a consummate gentleman, the etiquette of the game was as important as the play, with both being more important than the score.

He was a member of the Hartford Golf Club for more than 20 years, where he was club champion. In 2011, he was Senior Club champion of the Torrington Country Club.

He was born in Honolulu to Najamay and Albert Moutran. He moved with his parents to Arizona, where he excelled in high school sports and went on to play Division I football and baseball at the University of Arizona, where he also completed ROTC training.

He worked for a year with Shell Oil in Australia before traveling the world, returning to serve in Vietnam as a platoon leader for the 196th Light Infantry Brigade.

Upon his return from Vietnam, he completed graduate work in finance at Cornell University, after which time he began a 20-year career in finance, managing multiple offices for Dean Witter Reynolds/Morgan Stanley.

Always loving travel, before he retired he worked with Riyad Bank in Saudi Arabia.

He is survived by his fiancé, Jean Chapin, with whom he lived; his two daughters, Meredith LaPierre, and her husband, Sean, of Kittery, Maine, and Melanie Moutran, of Jersey City, N.J., of whom he often spoke with great pride; his mother, Naj Moutran, of Southbury; his former wife, Julia Spencer, of Kennebunkport, Maine; and his fiancé's children and her four grandchildren.

A celebration of life memorial service will take place Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Torrington Country Club.

Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org or to Gunn Memorial Library Inc., P.O. Box 1273, Washington CT 06793, or by emailing gunndevelopment@biblio.org.