Alan Mark Heaberlin November 14, 1949 – April 6, 2024

Celebration of Life


April 27, 2024


Alan Mark Heaberlin.

Alan Mark Heaberlin, long-time California City resident, died at home on Saturday, April 6. He was 74.

Alan was born in Lancaster and lived mostly in the Antelope and Mojave valleys. He met his wife, Diana, in 1972. They married on Sept. 15, 1984, a partnership of 52 years. They had no children but were loyal guardians to many pets throughout the years.

Before retirement, Alan was a test driver for Kett Engineering. He was an automobile enthusiast throughout his life; racing sprint cars, owned an aluminum body Austin Healy, promoted electric cars and he was into Jeeping and overlanding later in life. He was an entrepreneur, starting businesses in solar power, commercial glass, gunsmithing and was the publisher and editor for the Mojave Desert News and California City Sentinel. Alan was a HAM radio operator, gadget enthusiast and an avid collector of art, tools and memorabilia. He was a conservationist and volunteer, supporting the California Institute for Peruvian Studies and Society for Conservation of Bighorn Sheep. Alan was a true desert renaissance man.

Alan is preceded in death by his father Donald T. Heaberlin, mother Shirley DeWolfe, stepmother Vivian Heaberlin, sister Renee Hackbarth (DeWolfe) and brother Jace DeWolfe. He is survived by wife Diana Heaberlin, sister Andrea Baswell, brothers Ted and JP Heaberlin, three nieces and five nephews.

A celebration of Alan's life will take place on Friday, May 3 at 4 p.m. at the Woods Family Funeral Service in Tehachapi.

Wood Family Funeral Service is entrusted with his care. For condolences, please visit


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