Respected educator, community activist, beloved husband, father and grandfather, Jack E. Allen passed away on Jan. 15, 2016 at the age of 85. Jack is survived by his sister Phyllis Yates, daughter Marion Allen, three stepchildren Michael Edwards, Laurie Funk and Kelley Edwards as well as fifteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his son, Leland Allen.
Jack was born in Cheney, Washington in 1930. He was raised in the nearby farming community of Amber, as well as Cheney. After serving in the US Air Force, he graduated from Eastern Washington College of Education, later receiving his Masters from University of Oregon. He married his high school sweetheart, Helen Bair, and they raised two children in Happy Valley, Oregon. Jack’s jobs in education included shop teacher, Principal of Gilbert Heights Elementary, Multnomah County and Oregon Department of Education administrator. He served as a consultant for Northwest Regional Education Lab, setting up education programs worldwide, including Alaska and Saipan. Jack lost his wife of 27 years in 1979.
In 1981 he married Judy Edwards. They lived and worked in Portland, then moved to an 80-acre farm in Birkenfeld, Oregon. Jack transformed the farmhouse into a place where family could congregate. In his retirement years, Jack took over the Schultz Christmas tree business and worked on their farm and garden. Eventually, Jack and Judy settled in Manzanita because they loved the ocean and close community. After serving as treasurer for the Nehalem Bay Fire Rescue District, he was publicly elected to its Board of Directors. He also spent many hours working for the Community Emergency Volunteer Corps. He was involved with local charities and as a skilled craftsman in woodworking and leather craft created many fine items for charity auctions. Jack lost his loving wife Judy in 2013.
Jack loved woodworking, gardening, remodeling and golfing, often winning his age group in the yearly golf tournament at Manzanita. On Jan. 8, Jack went golfing at the Manzanita golf course. On the 9th hole, he began experiencing discomfort and was helped to the clubhouse. He was life-flighted to Providence St. Vincent Hospital in Portland. He had suffered a massive heart attack and despite the skilled attention of the fine doctors and nurses there, was unable to recover.
A memorial for Jack will be held at the Pine Grove Community Center in Manzanita on Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.