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Jack M. Allain

December 9, 1934

February 5, 2012

Big Jack

A giant of a man in stature, in heart, and in soul

Exuberant teller of jokes and stories, singer of songs

A force of nature in mind and presence

Infectious laughter and booming voice

A strong, caring man and yet still a little boy

A lover of life and people

Bright and beautiful, a true diamond in the rough.

Make room heaven, the mighty warrior comes home . . . .

Jack M. Allain, age 77, born December 9, 1934 in San Francisco, CA, passed into eternal life on Sunday, February 5, 2012, just at the kick-off of Super Bowl XLVI.

Jack's size and abilities enabled him to become an accomplished athlete in several sports during high school and college. He was recognized with many honors and is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame in both his high school, Junipero Serra, and his college, Idaho State University.

Starting as a very young teen, he worked "punking" iron during the summers on the San Francisco wharf, becoming known as "the big kid from Daly City who could carry a ton and a half." After college and a brief stint playing semi-pro basketball, he returned to the wharf where he ultimately became co-owner of Service Engineering, a ship repair company, on Pier 38. In 1989, Jack retired to Reno where he met and later married the love of his life, Barbara. He became a very active member of the AA Fellowship, 23 years, where he was a sponsor to many and a friend to all.

Jack is pre-deceased by his father and mother, Roy and Genevieve Allain, and an infant son John. He is survived by his daughter Kellee Allain (Piran), grand children Alyse and Trevor Allain of Alamo, CA; his son Ryan Allain of Boulder City, NV; his sister Adrienne Schablaske(Clem) and their children and grand children; his wife, Barbara and her daughters and their families. All loved him dearly.

Our sincere thanks to Dr. Tim Coughlin and Dr. John Williamson for their dedicated medical care and valued friendship. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 3835 Lakeside Dr., Reno, NV, on Saturday, February 11th, 2012, at 12:00 noon. Good food and stories to follow in the church gym. Everyone is invited.

There is no goodbye; you're in my heart forever.

I'll meet you there often.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to one of the following organizations:


1281 Terminal Way

Suite 111

Reno, NV 89502

St. Mary's Hospice

18653 Wedge Parkway

Reno, NV 89511

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Feb. 9 to Feb. 11, 2012
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