Obituaries: Martin H. Allen

Obituaries: Martin H. Allen

SHELTON - Former Peninsula resident Martin H. Allen, 92, died Jan. 23, 2010, in Shelton. Born in Claflin, Kan., on Nov. 13, 1917, he was the son of James and Bertha (Peal) Allen. He grew up on the family farm in Great Bend, Kan., and was a graduate of Great Bend High School. Following high school he moved to Tacoma.

Mr. Allen enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 1940 and served his country for the next five years during World War II. He was stationed in both the European Theatres and Alaska where he was "a jack of all trades." Following his military duty he returned to Tacoma, where he worked as an auto mechanic at Packard dealerships in Tacoma and Olympia. When that once proud brand fell by the wayside he worked at a Lincoln-Mercury dealership in Olympia. Later he worked for the state of Washington with the Game Department as a "glorified fix-it man" until retirement.

Mr. Allen had vacationed on the Peninsula for a number of years. He bought property in Long Beach, cleared it and built his retirement home. During the summer months he fished commercially on the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean, staying at Pop's Campground and later Ford's Campground in Chinook. He remembered one time having had 597 pounds of salmon in his 16-foot boat and sold the bounty for 15 cents a pound.

He was a talented wood carver and he always had a dog - a big dog - such as a Labrador or a Malamute. He also enjoyed vegetable gardening and shared the bounty with family and friends. He had resided at Golden Sands in Klipsan Beach until moving to Shelton to be near family.

He and Hazel McGregor were married in 1940 in Little Rock, Ark. She preceded him in death. Surviving are his daughters, Doris White of Olympia and Diana Lane of Poulsbo; a son, Gaylen Allen of Little Rock; one brother, Kenneth Allen of Great Bend, Kan.; and six grandchildren.

His service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m., at Tahoma National Cemetery in Maple Valley. His guest book is available at (

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