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Allman, Joseph Roy
93, of Glendale, Arizona passed away on March 23, 2016. Joseph Allman was born on January 22, 1923 in Everett, Washington, and passed away peacefully after a long illness on March 22, 2016 after having lived in the Valley for over fifty years. A retired Army veteran who served in World War II, participated in postwar American Graves Registration and then in Military Intelligence, he subsequently worked for the Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division, retiring as Region Manager and staying active in the Fraternal Order of Police. A Republican party member committed to voter registration, equity and political participation, he served as co-director of the Maricopa County Republican party and was an alternate delegate to the 1988 Republican Convention. He was most proud to have participated in a coalition of people from many communities who helped create and pass anti-hate crime legislation in Arizona. While serving in Japan in the 1950s, he met and married Toshiko Allman, and his appreciation for Japanese culture, language and people began. America Japan Week, the Arizona Matsuri, Pacific Rim Advisory Council, Phoenix/Himeji Sister Cities and the Japanese Friendship Garden, were just a few of the projects in which he was involved. Active in the Japanese American Community, particularly in the Arizona Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, he worked for many years for justice for Japanese Americans (mostly American citizens) unjustly incarcerated in the U.S. Internment Camps during World War II. He served as co-chair of the committee for the Japanese American "Gila River Relocation Center" monuments and reunion project and, with his friend, Masaji Inoshita, became a member of the Ira Hayes American Legion Post 84. In 1995, he received the "Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Rays" from the Japanese Government for his work on behalf of Japanese and American cultural exchanges. He is survived by his daughter Karen Maeda Allman (& Elizabeth Wales of Seattle), his brother Charles Allman (Phyllis) and many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was pre-deceased by his wife Toshiko, daughter Catherine Jo, brother Ralph Allman and sister Maxine Lindquist. Interment at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Friday, April 29 at 11 a.m. and Memorial Service at the JACL Hall, 5414 W. Glenn Drive on Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations (in lieu of flowers) may be sent to the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix or to the Japanese American Citizens League (Arizona Chapter or via JACL.org).
Published in The Arizona Republic from Apr. 13 to Apr. 24, 2016
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