Allen, Thomas W.
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September 11, 1937 - April 5, 2010
Thomas W. Allen, longtime resident of Newport Beach, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2010, after a sudden and brief illness. He was born in Pasadena on September 11, 1937 and grew up in Santa Ana. Tom, an Army veteran, attended Santa Clara University Law School, and had a long career serving as City Attorney for several cities in the Orange County area, including Stanton, Los Alamitos, and Lake Forest. Tom retired from active practice several years ago, but was still enjoying occasional work as a Hearing Officer for local municipalities. Tom's lifetime passion was the sea. From the time he was a young boy who hitchhiked from Santa Ana to fish off the piers in Newport Beach or catch a ride on a half-day boat, Tom's life was spent around the ocean. He became a deckhand and earned his way up to serve as Captain of several Newport-based fishing boats, taking passengers to the best fishing spots off Catalina and San Clemente. Tom even signed on to a Portuguese commercial tuna boat and spent months off of South America, poling giant tuna over his head from the boat's rolling swim step. In later years, Tom continued his sea adventures, taking dives from his own boat and voyaging to Alaska and Mexico and everywhere in between. He was a member of the Avalon Tuna Club, the Balboa Angling Club and the Catalina Conservancy. Tom was a robust, big-hearted man who never met a stranger and was never short of a smile. Tom's passing has left a big hole in his family and in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Whitesides Allen, his son, Matt Allen, his brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Eleanor Allen, his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Paula and Pat Nielsen and Terry and Jim Hawley, and by his nieces and nephews, Kathy and Jon Shamrell, Tim and Julie Nielsen, Kristin and Steve Braucht, Kellie and Robert Smith, Kathleen Hawley, Tom Allen, Matt Nielsen, and Luke Hawley. A memorial service will take place at Pacific View Mortuary, 3500 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar, at 12 noon on Sunday, April 11, 2010. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Red Cross or the Catalina Conservancy.
Pacific View Memorial Park
3500 Pacific View Drive Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 8 to Apr. 9, 2010