ALS Online Fund (Memorial)
Internationally renowned award winner with 60 years of volunteer service as California Hunters Safety instructor has been taken from us by ALS. Alvin (Peck) Pecchenino, 79 years young started showing signs of "Rapid Onset" ALS in December 2012, officially diagnosed in May 2013 was finally overcome and passed on August 15 2013. To watch this lively energetic man become unintelligible yet fully coherent, feeble then totally helpless was by far the hardest and most unimaginable ordeal we have ever witnessed. Knowing that he was aware of the symptoms of his imminent demise, being totally coherent but unable to vocalize his discomfort, pains and general needs then finally becoming totally dependent on family and care takers was a nightmare from which he would never awaken.
Our family now aware of this terrible disease through Alvin's silent suffering has given us a new passion to make others aware of the ever increasing cases throughout the world. Please help rid our planet of this terrible disease by donating what you can to ALS organization. Thank you for taking the time to read about Alvin.
Mamie Starr - Remembering Alvin Pecchenino and Hunter Education
Since his childhood, Alvin was a dedicated fisherman, hunter and outdoor sportsman. His strong sense of commitment to enjoying the outdoors safely, and being a good steward of California's natural resources, gave him the motivation to become one of the youngest hunter safety instructors certified by the National Rifle Association, and subsequently the California Department of Fish and Game (now the Department of Fish and Wildlife). He got his first certification at age 18, when he wanted to formally impart the principles of safety, conservation and true sportsmanship to the Boy Scout troop he was leading. Over the years, as a volunteer with the Department, and as a longtime member of the Stockton Sportsman Club, Alvin instructed thousands of young people and adults in the Stockton and Lodi areas, recently joking that he had been at this for so long that he was now teaching not just a second generation of local families, but a third generation! He was also committed to expanding the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, particularly hunting, for women, urbanites, and populations that did not have a traditional tie to sport fishing and hunting.
Alvin was the first Hunter Education instructor to attain 50 years of service in California, which got him not only statewide recognition, but also a national/international award in 2005 from the International Hunter Education Association, and a special achievement award from Winchester Arms for his contributions to firearms safety and natural resource conservation. Captain Roy Griffith, of the DFW, referred to him as the "flagship" of the California program, noting that he was HE Instructor number 0002, with no one knowing who may have been instructor 0001 (or if there even was someone with that number). Since the start of the program, thousands of instructors have been certified. In July of this year, Captain Griffith and Lieutenant Shawn Olague, on behalf of the DFW and the State of California, presented Alvin with an unprecedented 60 year service award and a Director's certificate, which is the highest honor that the Department bestows upon civilians.
Although "Al" will be missed leading the charge for firearm and archery safety in the field; participation by all sportsmen in the sound conservation of natural resources; and the inclusion of all in California who may want to participate in the outdoor sports, he leaves a lasting legacy through the thousands who passed through his classes, or who were lucky enough to have joined him in the field. He would not want to be remembered for being the all-around great guy that he was, but for being the humble man who wanted everyone to care as much about having fun in the field with family and friends, and taking care of California's resources for future generations, as he did