David Walter Allen
Born: 3/31/1925, Salt Lake City, Utah
Dick's father - Issac Walter Allen was the first doctor in Moab. Dick’s mother - Dorothy Kirk Allen, passed away when he was 3. Dick attended and graduated from Roswell Military Academy in New Mexico. He then attended college at USC in California before returning to Moab. As a testament to his character, Dick enlisted two different times in Army during WWII as he couldn't stand the thought of his friends serving when he did not. Dick built Allen Insurance, providing insurance services to residents and businesses.
In 1954, Dick married Mary Zell Newby, who preceded him in death in 2009. They had 3 children - Dorothy Sue Allen Johnston, Andrea Jean Allen, and David Walter Allen, Jr (who also preceded him in death in 2005.) He has 10 Grandchildren and several great Grandchildren.
He loved Moab and was actively involved in helping shape the future through politics and public activism. Dick was an avid golfer and helped form the Moab Golf Club. He golfed until he was 85 where many times his golf score was less than his age. He also loved to hike and explore the beautiful country around Moab.
Dick was also an avid investor and continued speculating in the stock market up until his death. In his younger days, he was actively involved with the Shriner's organization and the Shriner's Children's Hospital. He served on the Board of Directors for numerous businesses including the I.W. Allen Hospital, Equity Oil Company, and Moab National Bank (now Zions.)
He is remembered by many, including his grandchildren as a man of integrity, honor, and wisdom. He was very independent and proud. He taught his children and grandchildren, among other things, how to made whistles with reeds, the art of paper airplane folding, how to cat fish, as well as a love of the outdoors, hiking and golf. >P>A viewing will be held at Spanish Valley Mortuary, Friday March 9th from 6 – 8 pm. Graveside services will be held Saturday March 10th at 11:00 am at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, with Military Rites, followed by a gathering at his home at 301 Park Ave. Please join us.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please send donations to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Salt Lake City, 1275 E Fairfax Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Tributes:Thinking of all of you with love -- we have known Dick for many years. Enjoy your many memories.
- Bill & Inalyn MeadorDear Allen Family,
Dick was my uncle. When my sisters and I spent our summers in Moab - we looked forward to seeing him and Mary. He was our "fun" uncle. He took us fishing, camping and invited us to dinner. We will never forget his kindness. My mother and I spent time in his La Sal cabin.
He may no longer be with us, but he will live in our memories forever.
- Dennis G. SweeneySuzy, Andy and family, We are so sorry for your loss, Dick was a great man. Him and Mary where the best of friends with our parents. Growing up it was great to hear them talk about everything from politics, Moab happenings, and what time they were meeting at the golf course. Those were some good times. I know my family thought the world of him, he will be greatly missed.
- Bruce and Terri SwensonSorry for your loss. I always thought alot of you Dad and Mom both. I will admit that your dad scared me at times. Very fond memories of your Dad.
- James CostanzaDear Allen Family,
Sincere sympathy to all of you on the passing of your beloved dad, grandpa and family member. May all of you find comfort in knowing a grand reunion is going on in heaven.
I remember your family with fondness.
- Marilyn Costanza DominySusie, Dwight, Maggie and family. I am so sorry for the passing of your dad/granddad. I am grateful I had the chance to know him at the bank. He told me a lot of history about Moab. I always respected him. Love you all.
- DeVon ShepardsonWE HAVE KNOWN DICK FROM OUR VERY EARLY YEARS MOVING TO MOAB IN 1957. HE WAS OUR INSURANCE AGENT FOR AS LONG AS WE CAN REMEMBER. WHEN MY HUSBAND SUDDENLY BECAME TOTALLY PARALYZED AT THE AGE OF 38, AND 45 YEARS AGO, WE OWED HIM SOME PREMIUMS. I STILL REMEMBER HIM SAYING, "WHY DON'T WE JUST FORGET ABOUT IT." WHAT A COMPASSIONATE PERSON HE WAS. I LOVED RUNNING INTO HIM AT THE GROCERY STORE.
- Richard and Mary Jane Cozzens
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