September 9, 1928 - April 23, 2013
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Max Reed Allen, 84, a twenty year resident of Santa Fe, passed away, on April 23, after a brief illness with his three sons-Craig of Lake Tahoe, Bobby of West Los Angeles, and John of Gallup-by his side.
Max was born on September 9, 1928 in Fullerton, California and graduated from UCLA with a degree in Geography. A Los Angeles County assessor for thirty-five years, Max and his wife Barbara raised their family in Santa Monica before retiring to New Mexico in 1993. Following Barbara's death in 2001, Max remained in Santa Fe, using it as his home base while taking vacations all around the world. Most recently, he and his companion Barbara Bruce traveled to Portugal, and Max took his annual trip to Puerto Vallerta, where he spent several weeks.
A self taught gourmet cook, Max loved to entertain friends and family with his culinary creations. His holiday cookies, in particular, were legendary. He was also an accomplished potter whose vases, teapots and other pieces have places of honor in the homes of many who knew him.
In addition to his three sons, he is survived by John's wife Jessica and daughter Alisha and son Kevin, and Bob's daughter Gemma. A loving and devoted husband, a wonderful father and grandfather, and a good and kind-hearted man, his presence will be missed and his memory cherished by all who knew him.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 28, 2013