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Valton Allen Jr.

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Valton Allen Jr. was born in a farm house in Winfield, Texas on January 21, 1921. In his long and colorful life he accomplished some amazing things. As a soldier he served his country for twenty three years. During that service he re-invented many aspects of firefighting and became perhaps the most distinguished Fire Chief to serve the Air Force. His invention of the foam nozzle is credited with modernizing crash and rescue and saving the lives of many pilots and air travelers. After his retirement he devoted himself as a Service Officer for the Disabled American Veterans at both the local and national levels. In that capacity he amassed over twenty five thousand hours of service helping our Veterans secure their rightful benefits. He served many veterans and philanthropic organizations at the leadership level and was honored for his service with many bestowed and endowed life memberships. They include The American Legion, The Disabled American Veterans, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, The National Rifle Association and The Masonic Lodge. His tremendous life of service is evident when perusing the walls of his home and reading the dozens of awards and many personal letters of thanks including many from Presidents of the United States of America. His work was most notably recognized by the bestowal of the Masonic Golden Trowel Award which he felt was the acme of his life's service. Our country is stronger and many peoples lives better for his journey here. He is survived by his son, Robert Allen (wife Melinda) and grandchildren, James and Elisabeth; daughter, Valerie Sadler (husband Lester) and grandson, Michael. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his brothers and a grandchild. He will be buried at Fort Sam Houston on Tuesday, July 20 at 10:30 a.m. with full military honors. A memorial service is being planned for him and will be announced in the near future. Arrangements with Harrell Funeral Home , Austin, 443-1366
Published in Austin American-Statesman on July 18, 2004
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