HELENA -- Jack Edward Allen died suddenly and unexpectedly of a massive coronary the weekend of Nov. 17, 2007, at the family cabin near Helena.
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Jack was born in 1941 in Lewistown to Lee and Ellen Allen and was raised there by his father and his beloved grandmother, Lillian Brooks.
Jack learned the building trade from his father and then established his own general contracting business that he operated until his retirement. As a young man, he and his family moved to the Gallatin Valley, where his reputation as a quality craftsman kept him constantly in demand. His clients often boasted, with pride, "This is the house that Jack built."
Jack was a true outdoorsman. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved to share his outdoor experiences, including freshly caught fish, with friends and neighbors.
Jack married Alice Hanks Dahl in 1982 at her family's home on Gooch Hill. He added a sense of dignity, strength and stability to both his own family and his extended family. Jack was loved dearly by them all.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; grandmother, Lillian; sister, Kay Brooks of Lewistown; and brother, Joe Allen of Bozeman.
He is survived by his wife; daughter Jacque Allen and granddaughter Ayla of Brandton, Fla.; son, Charles (Diane) Allen and granddaughter Letha and grandson Charles of Plano, Texas; his stepdaughters and their families: Laura (Kenneth Goodson) Dahl of Portola Valley, Calif., Barbara (Bernhard) Fassl of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Leah Knerr of Princeton, Idaho. Survivors also include brothers Ed (Patty) Brooks of Helena and George (Dixie) Allen of Bozeman; sister Leila Benson of Columbia Falls, Mont.; sister-in-law Mardeen (Phil Walker) Hanks of Bozeman; and several nieces and nephews. He was especially close to his niece Cindy Coleman and nephew Aaron Hanks
Jack was our "gentle giant." A good man walked among us.
Family and friends are invited to a remembrance reception at Jack and Alice's home at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 25, 2007