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Dwight Allen


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Dwight Allen
August 20, 1933 —November 20, 2018
A life well lived.
Born to Dr. Robert Emmet and Virginia Dwight Allen in San Francisco, CA, Dwight died peacefully at home. After graduating from Lowell High School in San Francisco, Dwight earned a BS in Business Administration in 1957 from UC Berkeley and graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Law in 1960. He met his wife, Kathleen, in 1957 at Lake Tahoe where she was working for the summer, and they married on July 11, 1959 in Kath's hometown of Fort Collins, CO. Dwight had never been east of Reno, NV so he saw this as a great adventure. He had one more year of law school, and having served in the army in Okinawa, was able to finish school on the GI Bill while Kathy taught school.
Kathy, Dwight and son Mark moved to Santa Rosa in 1961. As a lawyer, Dwight practiced with various partners in the same law firm for 43 years. After general practice for many years, he became a Certified Specialist in Taxation Law and a Certified Specialist in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust law. Throughout his career, Dwight served as President of several organizations including the Sonoma County Bar Association, Sonoma County Legal Aid Society, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce and the Sonoma County YMCA. He was well-respected in the community for his honesty, integrity, fairness, and good-natured demeanor. He was not only a gentleman but a gentle man.
In his free time, Dwight loved to hike, camp, and raft rivers in his own raft. For years, he, Kathy and close friends horse-packed 32 miles into the Bob Marshall Wilderness in MT where they would be dropped off and would be on their own to raft and fly fish along the South Fork of the Flathead River for 2 weeks. He loved to explore the wilderness by raft in CA, OR, MT and British Columbia. He began steelhead fishing on the Klamath River in 1966 with friends and continued his annual adventures there for 50 years. For the past 15 years, son Matt and daughter Karen joined Dwight on the Klamath where he'd share stories of spending a month each summer on nearby Grider Creek with his grandfather when he was a child growing up in San Francisco. He loved creating and tying fishing flies and sharing them with others, building fly rods, playing pool, reading, poetry and photography. He spent quality time with his family, including lots of time outside hiking, camping, and enjoying their rustic cabin along the South Fork of the Truckee River in Tahoe. He adored his many friends and his dogs.
Dwight was optimistic and open-minded, as is captured in his motto in life, "Go for it! You will enjoy yourself!" He raised his kids to follow their dreams. He was kind, generous, and had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed discussing current affairs, was articulate and always appreciated a range of perspectives on any given issue.
Dwight leaves behind his wife Kathleen, sons Mark (predeceased) and Matthew (Telluride, CO), daughter Karen and her husband Kevin (Bend OR), grand-daughter Jacqueline and her mother, Madeline (Boulder, CO), Roger Elconin (Anchorage, AK), cherished nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. He also leaves his best buddy, his dog, Riley.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Legends at Bennett Valley on December 22nd at 11:30 a.m. For those who wish, contributions may be made in his honor to Memorial Hospice (439 College Ave. Santa Rosa 95401) or Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation (2300 County Center Dr. #120A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403). Most of all, Dwight would be honored by the fine tribute to simply get outside for a hike or picnic with loved ones.
Published Online in the Press Democrat on Nov. 25, 2018
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