Montie & Allene: I thought that I had missed an opportunity to express a thought concerning memories of your dad.
I have one in particular that I want to share when we both at about 15 years. I think that this occurred the week that I had been "excused" from school at MUHS and had run to the Perry's in Cachagua to avoid explaining this to my dad (smoking at school).
I was leading a harnessed work horse from Rancho Carmelo and was at the foot of the Cachagua Grade at the fork in the road. It here that I saw a young man on crutch and we struck up a conver -sation. Allan introduced himself and said that he was going to Jim and Nadine Perry. I asked him if he thought we could get him, broke "laig" and all, up on that work horse. With the horse's cooperation, we did and had a jolly time on our way to the Perry's. Other memories include stories that Al told of unloading cattle from the Island out of WW2 "M Boats" onto the beach near Santa Barbara and his story about how he got his right thumb "buggered up" in a roping accident. Thank you both for letting me chime in late with good thoughts about a man for whom I have affectionate memories. Not my ex- brother in law, but my brother in law.
The world has lost a great man and heaven has gained an angel! My thuoghts and prayers are with you and your family!
Allene, I remember your dad when we were growing up always smiling and singing. I am sorry to hear of your loss, he was a special person.
Michelle (Smith)Hinds and Family
Sorry to see Allen passed. He was an amazing man ,who i took care of at Carmelo Park. His singing and warm smile always added something special to the place. i enjoyed caring for Allen. Love Ellen Robertson
a friend of Barbara Henry's
The Wade Family would like to extend our condolences to Allene,Nick,Montie,Courtney,Jackie and the rest of Allen's family. He truly was one of the great American cowboys. He was a real straight shooter and he loved his family and they love him. Jim has fond memories of the times spent with his Dad,Rocky and Allen. Happy Trails Allen 'til we meet again.
Montie, wer're very sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I'm guessing your dad is one tuff cowboy! Mike & Lori Black, Apple Valley, CA
Alleen, I just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you and your dad. In my mind he's off again riding his horse and singing all of those songs. Take care. Janet Cohen
It has been many years since I rode with Allen at The Church Ranch, Bud and Frances Vierra's ranch and La Canada Ranch. Dancing over and over to 'Walking The Floor Over You' sung by Allen's favorite performer Ernest Tubb. I remember one Christmas Eve going to Sears with Allen to purchase a record player and some Country Western records. I am sure he wore that poor old record player out. Trips up to Cachauga to see Freddie and Ann Nason and Jack Swanson and his wife. Trips over to Fresno to see Ray and Laverne Ordway. Dinners with Bud and Frances. Watching Bill Askew head and Allen heel at the ropings. Trailering the horses over to Dos Palos early in the mornings and working all day putting the cows out to pasture.
Lots and lots of wonderful memories.
Kit Sharp Marks
When asked to provide a memory of my father I immediately and unexpectedly thought of his hands. Not his face or his eyes ....but his hands. Shaking my father's hand was like shaking hands with a bear. He would latch on to your hand, swallowing it whole with his own...taking no prisoners! A handshake from Dad was still quite an adventure when he was eighty-two!
Those large, strong, hard weatherworn hands were a testimony to the life he lived. I saw those hands bashed, mashed and bleed more times then I want to remember. His hands were so rough that you hurt for what he had been through ...but at the same time so proud to know people like this still exist.
I had the most profound honor of being a part of my Dad's life and the privilege of being there by his side at the end .......holding his hands.
Allene: I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even in death. They continue to participate in every act,thought,and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having had them with us in this life. Love Keith & Nitza
In looking back at my childhood memories of Allen, I remember him as a good, kind-hearted man who was really devoted to his children and loved the work he had chosen to do. It was always a special time for me when he dropped by our house for a visit. As he sat with my parents drinking coffee, I loved hearing him talk about his work. I would watch him whenever he trimmed our horses' hooves and always was amazed at his ease and skill as he worked with them. My thoughts are with you at this time. Because of age and distance, my parents, Bill and Barbara Hutton, are not able to join you but they will be there in spirit as you remember this special man and honor his life.
When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. God Bless each of you
Allene- I remember how your Dad loved to sing and listen to country music. He could sure play the harmonice. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your many wonderful memories comfort you. Love Pam
I've known Allen since I was very young he was one of my greatest mentors and taught me everything about ranching and more. I will miss him greatly but my fond memories will live on with me forever. He was my (adopted Dad) and a darn good one too. I remember being in the saddle all day, or branding then going home cleaning up and going dancing all night. I love you and thanks for the memories and guidence. My condolences to Allene, Monty, and the rest of the family. Love Missy
Allen was like a father to me since a very young age. He taught me everything about ranching and was my greatest mentor. He will be greatly missed, but such fond memories will live in my heart forever. He was my (adopted Dad)and a darn good one too! I've never known a greater cowboy and we had a lot of good times. Some I remember after a long day in the saddle, going home, changing clothes and going dancing all night. He was a great dancer too. I love you and miss you. my condolences to his wonderful children and family.
our family was very blessed to have Al and his family in our lives. he was our cowboy and definitely a LEGEND in our minds! such a very good friend and man. our thoughts and prayers to all.
Monte and Maggy, our condolences to you and your family. Our prayers are with you. Craig & Mary Williams, Victorville, California
Alleen- Those photographs are incredible!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow! What an amazing life your dad had! He truly lived! I love seeing you in the photos! Great photos-just wow!!! I can't help but grin from ear to ear!
My prayers are with you dear! Give your mom and Nick my love!
I met Al when I was 12 years old. I'm now 58. Little did I know I would work for him later on in life. He was all Cowboy and a great friend. I have many years of menories to remenber him by. Till we meet again Dan Merced Ca.
My heart goes out to all friends and family for your loss. My prayer is for peace and understanding through Christ Jesus.
Al has been, and still is, a great friend and teacher. I'm truely honored to have known him in this life.
Our condolences for your loss. Nice photo gallery. The "cowboy poem" on the video is quite touching.
From All of Us in St. 3 at Pacific Coast Care Center. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. He will be greatly missed.
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU
Sam & Nancy DuVall South Beach, Oregon