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Bruce C. Allen

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Bruce C. ALLEN Age 69, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend to many, passed away on June 5, 2007. Born on May 16, 1938, in Seattle, WA, to Anne Shea Allen and Guy Allen, Bruce was the second of three children. An energetic and athletic boy, Bruce made many childhood friends that he remained loyal to throughout his life. At age nine, he beat the odds and survived a risky heart surgery that enabled him to live to adulthood. Bruce was a lifelong Washingtonian, graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1956, and attending both Whitman College and the University of Washington, where he majored in Real Estate. His passion for real estate developed as a young man when he helped his dad build homes in the Seattle area; it blossomed into a career as a commercial real estate appraiser and land use consultant. Bruce began learning the appraisal profession in 1962; twenty years later, in 1982, Bruce formed his own appraisal firm, Bruce C. Allen & Associates (now Allen Brackett Shedd). With steadfast dedication to his profession and unquestionable integrity, Bruce built a successful company and earned his reputation as a widely respected leader in the Northwest real estate appraisal and land development community. Among other professional organizations, Bruce was a member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI) and the American Society of Real Estate Counselors (CRE). He served as an expert land use and valuation consultant for an impressive collection of clientele in the private sector and at all levels of government. In recent years, Bruce was involved in such notable projects as the development of SAFECO Field, Snoqualmie Ridge, and Sound Transit. With Bruce's passing, the local appraisal community has lost its leading expert. As much as Bruce was dedicated to his profession, he was more devoted to his family. Following a first marriage in which he adopted and raised four children, Bruce met the love of his life, Denise Lane, in 1983. Bruce and Denise bought a house in Medina, WA, together in 1988, and were married the same year. Bruce also became a parent to a fifth child, helping Denise to raise her young son. Throughout their 19 years of marriage-and to his dying day-Bruce and Denise were inseparable. In addition, Bruce loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was devoted to them-proudly mentoring them through life, always ready with on-target advice, and available to take on soccer or baseball coaching duties. Always energetic, Bruce enjoyed traveling the world (especially Hawaii), gardening, golfing, playing soccer, partaking in outdoor activities of all kinds, fixing things in the yard and around the house, volunteering time with the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society, attending Mariners' games, and making trips to his Orcas Island retreat. He was particularly fond of large family gatherings, and quite naturally, was the life of the party. As such, his loss will be deeply felt by all who knew him. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Denise; sons, James Allen and Scott Allen; his daughter, Kristi Huse and her husband, Tim Huse; his daughter, Keri Wenger and her husband, Jason Wenger; his son, Dustin Lane and his fiancée, Jill Mayfield; his sister, Carol Smith and brother, Keith Allen; five grandchildren; and numerous relatives, friends, and colleagues. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, N.E. 12th St., 84th Ave., Medina, WA 98039, on Saturday, June 9, 2007, at 1:00 p.m., followed by a Celebration of his Life. The family requests that any donations in his memory be made to the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society at P.O. Box 40536, Bellevue, WA 98015-4536.
Published in The Seattle Times on June 7, 2007
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