Dick’s father, Issac Walter Allen, was the first doctor in Moab. Dick’s mother, Dorothy Kirk Allen, passed away when he was three years old. 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 three 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 — and 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 Bank).
Many remember him, 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 make whistles with reeds, the art of paper airplane folding, how to catch catfish, and how to love the outdoors, hiking and golf.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, March 10 at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, with military rites.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you send donations to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children at 1275 E Fairfax Rd., Salt Lake City, UT 84103.
You can send condolences to the family at www.spanishvalleymortuary.com