A memorial service will be held in West Virginia on Thursday morning for KPMG Managing Director James Alan White who passed away in Dallas on Oct. 22, 2020. Internment will follow the memorial service, according to his obituary.
White, who would have turned 56 on June 16, was born in Charleston, WV, and was a 1983 graduate of Parkersburg South High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Denison University in Granville, OH, in 1987.
White’s family said Alan was a “very intelligent and generous man and loved the work that he did throughout his career.”
He worked thru the years at various firms where his skills helped advance the mission of each work engagement. Alan previously worked for EDS, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and IBM and was currently employed by KPMG as an Advisory CIO Practice Managing Director in Dallas. Anyone that worked with Alan was quick to realize his expertise, coupled with his extreme work ambition, made him unique in his field. Without a doubt, Alan touched many lives throughout his career.
His family also called Alan “a very loving and family-oriented man.”
Not only did he love his immediate family, he also loved his partner of 18 years, and husband for the past five years, Rusty Jenkins. Alan looked forward to MFF (Mexican Food Friday) all week long. He enjoyed Saturday morning bike rides out at White Rock. He enjoyed dining out, music, travel, art, architecture, drum corps, the beach and flip flops. Thru his love of architecture and a project, together he and Rusty built and remodeled numerous houses in the West Highland Park area. He was crazy about his dog Zoe and a big fan of taking a nap. He always said if you have time to sit down you have time to lie down. He had a very special place in his heart for Provincetown, Massachusetts. Cape Cod was definitely his happy place with plans to spend the summers there after retirement.
White went missing after an early morning workout at an LA Fitness on Oct. 22, 2020. Surveillance footage from a nearby RaceTrac gas station showed White putting gas in the Porsche Macan SUV he was driving at 5:47 a.m., after he left the LA Fitness reportedly at 5:38 a.m. He then drove away, supposedly to head back home for a 7 a.m. work call. But he never made it home.
Dallas police found the black Porsche loaner car White was driving about a week later, 10 to 15 miles away and in the opposite direction of his house.
On May 14, a survey crew working for Paul Quinn College in Dallas found White’s body in a wooded area to the northwest of the southeast Oak Cliff campus.
The cause of White’s death has not yet been determined and a police investigation into his death is ongoing.
White’s family is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest, and Crime Stoppers is offering $5,000 for information that leads to a conviction or arrest.
Anyone with information can contact Detective Eric Barnes at (214) 283-4818 or by email at [email protected] and refer to case No. 188623-2020. Anonymous tips may be made to Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-8477.
A celebration of White’s life was held in Dallas on May 24, which was attended by family and friends, according to WFAA in Dallas.
White is survived by his husband, Rusty Jenkins; his mother, Maralu White Craven (Dennis); two sisters; one brother; several nieces and nephews; and his dog, Zoe.
More information on the memorial service in West Virginia can be found here.
James Alan White (obit) [Parkersburg News and Sentinel]
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