Dale "Rocky" Allen June 23, 1928 - December 23, 2012 Dale "Rocky" Allen passed away on December 23, 2012, at his home. Rocky was born on June 23, 1928, in Mincy, Missouri, to Clarence and Gladys (Schofield) Allen. A professional jazz pianist and songwriter, he traveled the country, playing in many venues, and was written up in the San Francisco Chronicle by Herb Caen. He worked with Bob Hope on his USO tours, owned The Chalice Club in Wichita for 30 years, and numbered Ernest and Coleman Hawkins, William "Count" Basie, and many other jazz and big band musicians as his friends. He recorded on a subsidiary of the Capitol label. As a wonderful friend said, "I love the dear man who feels he's had enough and says so. It doesn't reflect any anger or fear, and it takes a very large bundle of integrity and courage to speak those words. I honor those too-few moments we shared, and the music he made for everyone. There are few men who lived a life so full of challenge and pain as Rocky, yet gave so much of himself to others in the awkward process we call Life. I know no other person in the world who arrived so sadly and departed so miserably, yet spread so much joy and laughter in between. It is the hallmark of a true champion of men." He was preceded in death by brothers Donnie, Olin, and Barton, and sisters Claire, Irene, and Barbara Ann. He is survived by his wife, Jan Weeks, and numerous nieces, nephews, greats and great-greats. There will be no services. However, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Dec. 26, 2012