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Lee Allen Obituary
1938 ~ 2016
Lee Allen, who in his own words, by the grace of God and the sacrifice of his countrymen, lived most of his life as a free man, died on the 18th of January 2016 in Provo, Utah.
Lee was born in Manila, Philippines on October 24, 1938 to Henderson Wilcox Allen, an Army officer, and Beulah Ream Allen, a physician. After the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in WWII, Lee's father survived the brutal Bataan Death March and later died in the Cabanatuan prisoner-of-war camp. Lee spent the duration of WWII in prison camps with his mother and younger brother Hendy, who was born by C-section in a prison camp on the 4th of July at his mother's insistence. Lee, his mother and brother survived the war.
Lee was raised in California. He graduated from Palo Alto High School as the elected Student Body President. Lee earned a congressional appointment to West Point and graduated in 1960. There he had the honor to present the yearbook to President Eisenhower as its editor. His additional education included many demanding Army courses and schools, including Ranger school. He completed the two year graduate program in geography from the University of Illinois in just one year.
He had a successful 20 year military career as a combat arms officer serving around the world, including two tours in Vietnam and as a leader of the first group of Americans connected to the UN contingency guarding peace in Golan Heights in Syria. His assignments varied greatly, teaching at West Point, commanding troops on the East German border to developing training programs for the Army. He declined promotion to Colonel and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1980.
After retirement, Lee dedicated his life to serving his country in many other ways. He was an advocate for better education and was a founding member of the Meridian School in Provo. As a regional speaker for Accuracy in Media, he had an opportunity to travel to the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War. Misinformation had a worthy opponent in him. Lee was also the editor and publisher of the "Free Citizen," a newspaper circulated throughout Utah to inform and protect the rights of Utah citizens regarding taxation among other issues. He carried a large correspondence and was a behind-the-scenes contributor to several best-selling authors. Lee's business interests were in engine imports from China, editing and publishing military history books and managing industrial property.
Lee married Silja Viinikka (Finland) in the Swiss Temple in 1971. It was a whirlwind romance and Lee won Silja over with his interesting letters. Lee and Silja raised 5 children. After retirement they moved to Provo and have lived there for the past 35 years.
It was an honor for Lee to serve in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many capacities including in the bishopric and high council. His greatest contribution and love was for his family, close and extended. His wisdom and strength will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his sister Shirley Williamson, his wife Silja, daughter Preot (Derek) Oaks, son Sam (Jennifer) Allen, daughters Anna (Paul) King, Lisa Allen, and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, brother Hendy and son Tom. It will be a long anticipated and joyous reunion.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday January 23 at 10 a.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Oak Hills Stake Center (with the bell tower) at 925 E North Temple, Provo, Utah.

Published in Deseret News on Jan. 21, 2016
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