IRWA Member Farewell
ALAN CARL MORGANFIELD
Alan Carl Morganfield passed away on July 20, 2018 following a brief battle with
Leukemia. He was born on February 28, 1944 in Denver, Colorado, as the firstborn
child to Albert Rudolph Morganfield and Margaret Agnes Olsen Morganfield.
Alan earned multiple degrees and honors after high school. He graduated with
associate degrees from both Mesa College and Metropolitan State College of Denver,
and later went on to earn a Bachelors of Science from MSCD. In 1967, he began
his long career with Public Service/Xcel Energy and became a professional Land Surveyor in 1974.
Alan joined the International Right of Way Association in 1971, where he served as President of the
Denver Chapter before going on to serve as Vice Chair and Chair of Region 9, as well as serving on
multiple committees at the international and local levels. He earned the professional designation of
Senior Right of Way Agent (SR/WA) in 1984 and also taught educational classes for the IRWA all
over the country. He was awarded Professional of the Year for Region 9 in 2002, and was a finalist
for Professional of the Year at the international level that same year. He also received the Mark
A. Green Award as co-author of the article “Zigs and Zags of Legal Descriptions, Part 1” in the
January/February 2008 issue of Right of Way Magazine. In 2015, he received the prestigious Lifetime
Achievement Award from Denver Chapter 6, which is named for him.
In 1964, Alan met Dixie Albert and they married December 3, 1966. In the years to come, their family
would expand to include three sons, and five grandchildren. He passed on his passion for camping,
fishing, and cars to his sons Jeff, Brian and Jason. One of the most important things Alan shared with
his sons was his time in the Boy Scouts of America. As a child, Alan was in Cub Scouts and earned his
Arrow of Light, and while he never reached the rank of Eagle Scout himself, as a Scout Master he saw
his own three sons achieve this highest honor under his guidance. He served as a leader in Boy Scouts
for 28 years, and he taught many young men important life skills to carry them through adulthood.
Alan is remembered by his friends as a relentless outdoorsman with infinite patience on the hunt,
and he considered his hunting trips with his friends and family to be some of the best times in his
life. Additionally, Alan inherited his father’s interest in the art of stain glass and used his father’s tools
to make the many creations that adorn his and Dixie’s home. He also crafted the stained glass Eagle
Scout emblem on the podium used to award Scouting’s highest rank for Troop 505.
In addition to his two brothers, he is survived by his wife Dixie Albert Morganfield, their children
Jeffrey (Traci), Brian (Cory), and Jason (Jill), his five grandchildren, Dana, Gaaron, Aidan, Connor,
and Ashlyn, three nieces and two nephews, as well as numerous great-nieces and nephews.