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William Allen Nunn


1941 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
1941-2014
Allen Nunn passed away peacefully at the Salt Lake VA Hospital on March 20th after a long illness, surrounded by his loving wife and his two sisters-in-law. He was the son of Marta E. Allen Nunn and William Gibby Nunn, and is survived by his wife of 44 years, Joy, his daughter Meghan Elizabeth, son-in-law Chris Buxton, grandson Eizha Lanoha-Nunn, grandaughters Rivir, Serene, and Willow Buxton, and his brother Art Nunn. This is the obituary Allen wrote for himself prior to his passing:
Allen graduated from East High in 1959. He enlisted in the National Guard in 1958 and began a life-long love affair with the Army which lasted 37 years. He retired in 1994 as a Colonel commanding a Joint Service Group. In all of his activities, he always looked for an "adrenal rush". He was a sworn officer with the SLCPD for four years, and served in the Central Intelligence Agency for seven years. He served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army, the Australian Task Force and was a ground operations officer for the CIA. He was a Special Deputy with the Salt Lake County Sheriff's office, 1974-2006. Among those activities were numerous adrenalin rushes to be had.
He was qualified in and served in the career fields of: Infantry, Armor, Aviation, Special Forces and was a qualified Foreign Area Officer. He won a C.I.B. in Vietnam, was an Army aviator and a Master Parachutist. He commanded three times at the Company level, an Air Cavalry troop, a transportation aircraft maintenance company (AIR) (DS), and a finance company.
Allen formed and commanded a Joint Service Group, the 6396th JSG, to provide training opportunities for seven battalions. The group supported theater commands such as PACOM, SOCPAC, EUCOM and SOUTHCOM; personnel trained to run exercises and also provided "surge" capability for several theaters.
Allen was board selected to attend the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA. He graduated in 1991 and retired from the military in 1994.
Academic achievements included: BA in History & Government, 1974; BS, Pre-Medical Studies, 1977; BS in Human Biology, 1979; Doctorate, Naturopathic Medicine, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1987.
He was licensed by both the state of Utah, and the DEA, and practiced medicine for 20 years. Semi-retired, in 2012 he donated care, and began writing the books he was always planning to write.
Allen loved life, family, friends, pets, and his alternate personality, "Oleg". Oleg always had the most fun ever. Allen had a fabulous sense of humor, and hundreds of stories to share from his life and experiences. He loved doing stand-up comedy and gesturing hypnotically at people…. He understood that life is a school where we are given both challenges and problems to solve. He was a master at problem solving. In his core beliefs, there are built-in firm guarantees that he will come again when class is in session. He loves and misses you all.

A celebration of Allen's life will be held on Saturday, March 29th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Starks Funeral Parlor at 3651 South 900 East, where complimentary valet parking will be provided on the north side of the building. Graveside burial service will be at Utah Vets Memorial Cemetery (Camp Williams). Please contact Starks Funeral Parlor for date and time. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Allen's name to the Utah VA Hospital. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.starksfuneral.com
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Mar. 23, 2014
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