Farming Rural 13

Alan Hight

December 20, 2021

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Alan Hight (65) of Atlanta, Indiana passed away tragically in a car accident on December 20th, 2021 in Cicero, Indiana. He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Renee, his five children: David-Alan, Katie-Jane (James), Michael-Joseph (Bethany), Alissa-Jo (Brian), and Nathan-Andrew (Tori), and was a beloved Papa to ten grandchildren: Alathea, Alana, Jack, Emmy-Jane, Fletcher, McCullough, Nolan, Jeremiah, Evelyn, and Rownan, both of his parents: Martin and Helen, and his siblings: his brother Phillip Hight (Belinda), along with their children, Caleb (Monica), Curtis, Lindsay Jo, Alan’s sister Alice Matthews (Joel) and their children, Allegra (Joel), Shantha, and Luka.

Alan was born in Oakland, California to Martin and Helen Hight, and attended high school at Concord High. He joined the United States Marine Corps at age 17 through an underage waiver and rose to the rank of Sergeant. He was deployed to Germany and then in Hawaii, and was a Vietnam veteran. After his military service, he used his veteran assistance to complete horsemanship trade school and began working as a horse wrangler in 1981 at Hume Lake Christian Camp in Fresno County, California, where he met his soon-to-be wife, Renee. Alan and Renee were married in 1982 and had five children while living in Northern California. In August 2004, Alan & family re-located to Indianapolis for a job transfer with Trader Joe’s for a management position, where he worked until his death.

Alan was proud of each of his kids, continually encouraging and supporting each one, along with their spouses, in their own unique interests. He was a loved Papa to his grandchildren and would patiently allow the grandkids to “help” whether in the garden, picking up eggs from the chicken coop, or picking up sticks from the yard. He loved seeing his grandkids eating fresh vegetables from the garden. He has helped coordinate and serve from behind-the-scenes for 19 weddings of both family and friends. He, along with his wife, recently began fulfilling a long-time dream of operating part-time a bed and breakfast, the Metamora Inn. Alan enjoyed serving through hosting, feeding, and getting to know his guests. His two favorite hobbies were training and caring for animals and all things agriculture. Part of the love for agriculture included sharing new experiences with food. Experimenting with and discussing the details and nuances of different flavors and how they interact with each other filled many happy hours.

He was no small man in the heart of those touched by his presence. His work ethic and genuine friendship are traits that rippled through the community. He is dearly missed by his family and many friends.

For those who would like to attend, a memorial service for Alan will be held at Harbour Shores Church in Cicero on Monday, December 27th. Doors will open at 10:00 AM, and the service will begin shortly thereafter. At promptly 11:30 AM, the family will head to the burial site for a private service.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hartley Funeral Home Cicero Chapel, 209 West Jackson Street, Cicero, IN 46034 where you may send condolences at

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Memorial Service
December 27, 2021

10:00 AM
Harbour Shores Church
8011 E 216th St
Cicero, IN 46034

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