1929 - 2017
Allan J. Nyegaard, of Eugene, died on May 13, due to age related causes. Allan was born in a parsonage in Spencer, Iowa on April 17, 1929. He was the the son of a Danish Lutheran pastor, Kaj Nyegaard. His mother, Laura, worked many years for the state of Oregon, but was best known for the delicious Danish meals prepared for family and friends.
Allan moved to Eugene with his parents and sister, Betty, in 1937, graduating from Eugene High School in 1947. While attending Dana College in Blair, Nebraska, Allan met Marlyn Neve. They were married July 21, 1950 in Sleepy Eye, MN.
He returned to Eugene in 1957 and while he and Marlyn were raising their two sons, Philip and Mark, Allan taught band for 10 years in the Bethel School District. In 1962, Allan received his Master of Music degree from the U of 0. In 1968, he began his career as a school administrator in the Bethel District, finishing as principal of Danebo Elementary. In the 1960s, Allan also taught trumpet at the U of O School of Music. Professor John McManus wrote that Allan was regarded as a ''trumpeter extraordinaire.' Allan adjudicated many junior high and high school band contests across Oregon.
Always up beat, Allan was Past President of the Board of Directors of Selco Credit Union, charter member and Past President of the Danish Brotherhood, Lodge #348, member of the planning committee that established the Danish language camp 'Himmelbjerget' designed for children, ages 4 through 8, and also a past member of the Eugene Junior Symphony Board.
Allan was a member of both Bethesda and Emmaus Lutheran churches in Eugene. He served as Sunday School Superintendent and Decon at Bethesda.
Allan married Ruth (Pinkie) Solevad on July 8, 2002. They were married by Ruth's brother, David at Crater Lake.
Survivors include Allan's wife Ruth, sons Phil (Sally), Mark (Susan), granddaughters Jill (Chad), Karin (Emmanuel), Krista (Aaron), great grandson, J.B., nephew Stuart, step-children Paul (Maureen), Lisa (Joe), Jim (Erica) and John (Bonnie), step-grandsons Dane, Gunnar, Ejnar and Isak. Allan's first wife, Marlyn, preceded him in death.
A celebration of a life well lived will be held Saturday, June 3, 2:00 at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 1250 W. 18th Ave., Eugene. Donations in his memory may be made to Emmaus Lutheran Church or the American Diabetes Association.