Allan Lolly Sr. was born on July 7, 1929, in Chicago, Illinois, and passed away peacefully and at home on December 13, 2013, at the age of 84, due to congestive heart failure.|
The youngest of four children, Allan was raised surrounded by the love of a large extended family and with a deep abiding faith, which became the defining themes of his life. He grew up in Chicago and stories included being selected as a Student Artist at the Art Institute of Chicago and serving as a youth representative to the Republican National Convention held in that city in 1944. Part of his teenage years were spent in Wisconsin where he demonstrated a talent in real estate, purchasing, fixing up, and selling his first piece of property at age 15.
Allan served our country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a Forward Observer on the front lines of Korea, earning the Korean Service Medal, with two Bronze Stars, the Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Infantryman Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and three medals from the Korean Veterans Association. In 1987, Allan and his wife traveled to Seoul to be honored by the Korean Army, receiving commendations from General Seok-Chu Paik and International Affairs Officer Sang-Bok Lee.
In 1952, at a USO dance in Chicago, Allan met and fell in love with a young student nurse, Frances Sager, of Fairfax, Virginia. They married on June 19, 1954, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Allan's family parish, and just days after Frances graduated. Allan's interest in buying and selling property continued and, with help from the family, they built their first home. Daughter Lorene, was born so the young family moved to San Bernardino, California, where Allan earned his Real Estate license and worked as an agent in the area. After son Allan II, was born, the family returned to Chicago where Allan built his Real Estate career, including continuing to purchase and fix up homes for resale. During that time, son Stuart, and daughter Michele, were born, completing the Lolly Family.
In 1969, the Lolly Family moved one last time to beautiful La Jolla, renowned for its wonderful quality of life and where Allan and Frances knew that their children would receive an excellent education and could build their own futures. He earned his California Real Estate Brokers' license and became the President and Founder of Brokers United of America, dba United Brokers. He joined the La Jolla Real Estate Brokers' Association and enjoyed a long career of assisting clients in their real estate transactions, primarily in this beach community.
The Lolly family joined the parish of St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in 1974, where Allan was elected a member of the vestry for five years, serving as Senior Warden in 1984 and 1985; President of the Men of St. James for three years; board member of the Saints and Sinners; and Chalice Bearer from 1991 through 2002. Allan served the San Diego Episcopal Diocese as a member of the Program and Budget Committee and the Evangelism Committee; as a Convention Delegate for seven years; and Diocesan Representative to the Cathedral of St. Paul for 5 years. In addition, Allan served as a Trustee to the Seabury-Western Theological Seminary; was active in the Pacific Beach Kiwanis, serving as President from 1989-1990; and, more recently, enjoyed friendships found through his membership in the Twelve Thirty Club of the La Jolla Country Club.
After retiring, Allan and Frances set out to explore the world, ultimately visiting 77 countries on five continents. Highlights included several trips to the Middle East and Asia, including pilgrimages to the Holy Land; to India, following the footsteps of St. Thomas; and to Greece, following the footsteps of St. Paul. Allan was always keenly interested in other cultures and people, their histories and artwork.
A beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Allan is survived by Frances, his wife of 59 years; daughter, Lorene and son-in-law, Joseph LaCava; son, Allan II and daughter-in-law, Radmila Lolly; son, Stuart Lolly; daughter, Michele Lolly and son-in-law, Brian Wilson; grandchildren, Alexcis and grandson-in-law, Aaron Ottinger, Schuyler and Sam Lolly, Valerie and Melanie LaCava, Kevin and Kelly Lolly, and Alec, Ben and Mathew Lolly-Wilson; and great-grandchildren, Nickolas and Caleb Keener and Alina Ottinger. Save for one darling granddaughter, all are settled in San Diego, busily building their lives together in this beautiful place.
A hardworking man of faith who loved his family and this community, Allan will be remembered for his outgoing and friendly nature, great sense of humor, and love of life.
The family is planning a celebration of life on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 2 p.m. at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the St. James-by-the-Sea Memorial Fund, 743 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037.
Published in La Jolla Light on Jan. 3, 2014