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William Bethel Allen Obituary
William Bethel Allen
Jan. 6, 1923 - Feb. 27, 2014
Resident of Scotts Valley
Born in San Francisco, CA to Elsie and William W. Allen, Bill died peacefully at home after enjoying a root beer float. He loved growing up in Fort Bragg and later Pasadena. He developed a love of trains while riding the Skunk train to his family's camp on the Noyo River every summer. Bill attended Stanford University pursuing a degree in electrical engineering but unfortunately, his studies were interrupted by the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He enlisted in the Navy the following day, where he supported the war effort as an Ensign in the Electronic Field Service Group Naval Research Lab in the development of radar at Cal, MIT, Cornell and Bodoin Universities. He returned to complete his degree at Stanford after the war. While at Mid-Shipman's School at Cal Bill met his dear wife of 48 years, Lois Ann "Dilly" Dillon. They were married in the Little Church Around the Corner in Manhattan.
Bill joined in the family lumber business in Mendocino County for several years before beginning a 32 year career in aerospace engineering, spending most of those years working for Hughes Aircraft Co. He was proud to have participated in development of the first moon landing craft, Surveyor, and of being Head of the Defense Missile Design Lab in Tucson, AZ.
Bill was ever a dog lover and sports fan. He raised Irish Setters and English Cockers, was a founding member of the Irish Setter Club of the Pacific, and became a dog show judge and ring steward. He was honored at his final dog show as Chief Ring Steward as recently as November 2013. He coached Little League baseball and youth basketball, and when he moved to Scotts Valley 22 years ago, he became scorekeeper and statistician for the Harbor JV basketball team for many years in addition to several years as the Harbor Baseball scorekeeper.
Bill had many friends that he met through dogs, sports and over the past 22 years at Stagnaro Bros. at the wharf where he loved eating dinner at the bar. Bill loved his family above all else. He was a wonderful role model for his daughters, Cathe (Pleasant) and Janet (Halverson) for living a good and honest life with never ending curiosity. Besides his two daughters, he is missed by son-in-laws Gerald and Brad, grandchildren Jamie, Brian, Taiisha and Drew, and great-grandchildren Abigail and Carter of whom he was especially proud.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 11:00 am-12:30 pm upstairs at Stagnaro Bros. on the wharf. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Harbor High School Baseball program for their field renovation fund (c/o Joseph Allegri, 300 La Fonda Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062) or your local SPCA.

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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Mar. 9, 2014
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