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Reinecke, Alan

Alan Wesley Reinecke, professional percussionist and computer technologist, died Nov. 4 at home in Arcadia with his wife, parents and sister at his side. He was 56, and had been diagnosed in April with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife, Fatima; stepson Lance Corporal Shawn Mortazevi of the U.S. Marines and stepdaughter Noura Mortazevi; his parents, Wayne and Susanne Reinecke; sister and brother-in-law Janet and Wayne Kawamoto; three nieces and two nephews. Another sister, Lynn Horton, died in 1995. Alan was born Feb. 6, 1961 in Anaheim, California and grew up in Arcadia. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance at USC in 1983. In the 1980s he coached percussion classes at Arcadia High School and Mountain View High School. He was music director of the Pasadena Community Orchestra from 2008 to 2013, succeeding his father, the founding director. Alan had been the orchestra's principal percussionist and timpanist from its founding in 1983; he held similar positions in the Whittier-based Rio Hondo Symphony for more than 30 years. He also played for St. Matthew's Chamber Orchestra (Pacific Palisades), the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, the Redlands Symphony and many other Los Angeles-area music groups. He worked most recently as an information technologist for Panda Restaurant Group. He previously held similar positions at Toyota of Torrance, Delta Dental of California, and 20th Century Fox Studios. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Pasadena Community Orchestra (, Convalescent Aid Society ( or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (