Alan was born on the 13th of October of 1947 in Greenville, Mississippi. His parents were Opel Nell Brown and Malio Fava. He graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School. From there he attended Delta State University for a year and then transferred to the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, where he received both his graduate and undergraduate degrees.
In 1974, he moved from Hattiesburg to Rolling Fork, Mississippi and married Charla Robinson who was a teacher in his hometown. They spent a year there where he was an elementary principal. The next year, they were able to move back to Greenville, with jobs in the Public School System. Six years later, their son Christopher was born. In 1984, they were hired by DoDDS for their first assignment in Kitzingen, Germany. That was their home for the next 23 years.
In 2007, Alan retired to The Woodlands, Texas, where he lived until his death on November 25, 2020 after a very short battle with lung cancer that had only been diagnosed two months prior. He leaves behind a sister, Margaret Reginer of Benton, Arkansas, and one son, Christopher of Austin, Texas.