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David Allen

November 21, 1952 — July 14, 2014

David LeRoy Allen

David LeRoy Allen, 61, passed away at St. Luke's Magic Valley Hospital in Twin Falls, Idaho on Monday, July 14th, 2014, at 1:34 pm after a long struggle with his health. David was born on the 21st day of November, 1952. He was delivered at home by his father, in Elko, Nevada. At age 12 David's family left Elko and moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. There David completed high school graduating in 1972. He played such sports as Football, Track & Field, and Marching Band.

Dave's injuries started when he was very young. He was truly an accident waiting to happen. He got broken toes, broken legs, busted jaw, broken arm, broken collar bone, and more. In football practice one day he lifted his hands instead of tucking and rolling. That maneuver resulted in him breaking his neck. Dave had panhypopituitarism (he doesn't have a pituitary gland) since his brain tumor in 1991. Dave has fallen off a 120 foot cliff, been paralyzed after falling on icy steps, been blind for two months from his tumor and then he struggled with poor eye site the rest of his life. He had a major car accident, which is when he became disabled.

In May, Dave had a hernia operation in his abdomen. He started becoming weak shortly after that. In June, he had foot surgery: the left foot had a large ulcer that wouldn't heal after a year. The right foot was partially amputated and the little toe removed because of osteomyelitis from his Type II Diabetes. When Dave was discharged from the hospital he continued to get weaker and weaker until he was taken to the hospital on Saturday, July 12th, 2014. It is believed that he had a cardiac arrest event from a weakened area of his heart.

Dave has a total of nine siblings. His mother Jane Irene Whitehill and his father, Harmon Junior Allen ( ) were married in 1952. Dave, also has a mother, not by blood but by heart, Mary Ellen Allen who is married to Harmon.

Dave had an active work history. He was a Master Certified Mechanic. He also owned his own Contract Cleaning Business in Gillett, Wyoming.

Dave married (1971) his first wife, Patty Jean Moser, the mother of his first child, Jeffrey (1972). However, they divorced and Patty took Jeff when he was just two years old and Dave has not seen him since.

Dave then married Karen, and they had four children. They separated and then in 1999, they divorced.

In 1999, David and Tammie were married in Fort Myers, Florida and would have been married 14 years on September 11th, 2014. They were sealed as husband and wife in the Twin Falls Temple on September 11th, 2009.

Dave was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was eight years old and went as often as he could, health permitting, up until his death. He held such callings as: High Councilman over Temple and Family History Work; Primary Board, Boy Scout Leader, Cub Scout Leader, Sunday School Presidency and more.

Preceded in death by his grandparents: Harmon & Mary Lucille Allen; brother, Gary, and sister Zailaine (Connie) Callahan (1951).

David is survived by his parents, Harmon Junior Allen(1924) and Mary Ellen Allen (1946). His brothers, Danny (1947), Brian (1949) Mike (1954), Lisa (1968), Keith (1974), Eli (1981), Miriam (1984). His wife, Tammie (1965). His ex-wife Karen (Richard) Lorenz and four children: Jonathan(1979) (Katie); Heidi (1981) ; Camey (1983) (Josh) Gathman, and Escillia (1986) (Erik). Dave had eight Grandchildren: Valerie(2010) and Aiden (2013) (Jon & Katie's); Tre'a(1999) & Cencio(2011 ) (Heidi's); Payton (2003), Emma (2005), and Nya (2009) (Camey & Josh's); Ronan (7 months) (Escillia & Erik's). Several nieces and nephews and extended family.

Dave passed without any regrets, and he could sleep each night knowing he had done all he could to rectify any issues of ill will. He was very tired of being in pain and he hated being a "burden" to anyone. We know that he is now in the prime of his life and he's happy and busy doing the things he does best: missionary work and talking (and those that knew him know he had the gift of gab!). He was loved very much by his family, his wife and his children. Dave loved his children more than life itself. We will miss you, Dave.

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