Peter Bishop Allen
Our beloved Peter Bishop Allen, Marin County Native, died suddenly on Thursday, June 3rd, 2004 at the age of 60. Deeply loved father, brother, uncle and friend, he will be greatly missed. He is survived by his daughter Molly Ann Allen, his brother Howard Wheatley Allen and two sisters Joelle Allen Harris and Susie Allen De Baker, as well as nephews, nieces, a great nephew and two great nieces, cousins and countless dear friends.
Born on November 1st, 1943, Peter grew up in Kent Woodlands. In 1967 the Allen family moved to Stinson Beach where Peter resided for the remainder of his life.
Peter Allen is a well known Marin County "woodcarver extraordinaire." His marine mammal sculptures created from old salvaged redwood railroad ties are a legacy that will live on forever in many Marin County homes and public galleries.
A lover of wildlife, a charmer of all who met him, and an avid surfer, Peter became a legend in his own time. He was one of the original surfers at Stinson Beach, surfing on his homemade hollow boards, without a wetsuit. He loved the sea, the sky and every sunset as if it were the last.
Peter had a great love for children as was exemplified in his creation of "The Kids Camp" at Stinson Beach, a program he created to teach children the beauty of nature and their surroundings through art projects, hikes and exploration of the world around them.
A self-taught musician, Peter could play a wide variety of instruments including banjo, piano, trombone, and his well known "squeezebox." He played in many "Dixieland" bands beginning with his first band, the Crewmen back in 1960. He was forever making people laugh and is remembered for his "clowning around and sometime trouble making."
Friends are invited to join his family at Stinson Beach for a Celebration of Peter's Life on Saturday, June 12th, 2004 at 10 a.m. The traditional surfers' send off will be held on the beach at the end of "Calle De Sierra."
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the "Molly Ann Allen Trust" care of: Wayne Holter, P.O.Box 517, Ross, CA 94957
1022 "E" Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
Published in Marin Independent Journal from June 8 to June 9, 2004