May 28, 1957 – April 2, 2012
George Keyser Alston Jr. was born on May 28, 1957, in Denver. He was known to everyone as Ky.
He died unexpectedly on April 2, 2012, while working in Kazakhstan, after a 22-year walk with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, here on earth. He was active in many church activities and loved ministering to everyone he met. Volunteering at a coffee shop in Oklahoma City has been his most recent ministry.
Ky grew up in Littleton, Colo., and graduated from Littleton High School in 1975. During high school, Ky worked with his dad in the family business of manufacturing cultured marble and learned many mechanical feats, which led him to go to the University of Wyoming to pursue an engineering degree. While in college, Ky’s family moved from Littleton to Frannie in 1976.
Ky began working at Elk Basin in the oil and gas field around 1980. During the more than 24 years that he worked for Amoco/BP, Ky was inspired to learn more. Upon transferring to Evanston, Wyo., Ky worked the Painter Plant start-up and continued in operations there until joining the engineering group. During his time at Amoco/BP he also worked on the Peer Grievance Committee, spent three years building a process simulator of the plant and was instrumental in adding LNG processing at the Painter and Anschutz plants.
His passion for learning and sharing his knowledge with others grew into a career which led him to take a new job with John M. Campbell & Co. in Norman, Okla., in 2005. Ky’s job with JMC allowed him to travel the U.S. and the world while teaching customized gas processing and process simulations, doing consulting work in process simulation, plant upgrades and system evaluation during process upsets.
Ky’s personal interests include all things sports, especially Pittsburgh teams, the Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma State University football and NASCAR. He also enjoyed golf, fly fishing, hunting and camping.
Ky met his wife, Lisa, on a blind date on Jan. 5, 1988. They were married on July 19, 1988, in Powell, also accepting Lisa’s 2½-year-old son, Jacob, as part of the new family. Over the years of making their home in Evanston and later in Oklahoma City, Ky and Lisa took in nearly 50 foster kids.
In addition to his wife, Ky is survived by his son Jacob and granddaughters Dakota and Shaylee, his daughter Lacey and grandson Tavin, his son Judah and an adopted daughter, Hannah Warren; his mother Jo Alston of Frannie; sisters Kendy (John) Richards of Cowley and Kymbre (Tony) Moorehead of Frannie; nieces Kabre Richards of Redmond, Wash., and Jaimie Richards of Reno, Nev.; and nephews Race and Riley Moorehead of Frannie. He was preceded in death by his father, George Alston Sr.
A memorial service for Ky was held in Evanston on Saturday, April 14.