Alvin Allen (1938 - 2014)

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1938 - 2014

Alvin A. Allen, age 76, of Meridian Idaho, passed away on March 18, 2014 in Indio, California after a hard fought battle with COPD.

Al was born March 14, 1938 to Arlen and Myrl Allen in Twin Falls, Idaho.

He was raised and spent his school years in Hagerman and Buhl, Idaho. He then joined the United States Army in 1960, serving honorably and proudly for 2 years.

Al then began his career in law enforcement in Nyssa, Oregon, where he was the Chief of Police. He also attended the FBI National Academy.

While he was in Nyssa, he married Ruth Burbank and they had his two children, daughter Alisa and son Brent. He and Ruth later divorced.

In September of 1978, he married his forever girl, Betty Jean. They lived in Stayton, Oregon, where Alvin held the position of the Chief of Police. He then concluded his career as Undersheriff for Marion County, Salem, Oregon.

Through these years, Al cultivated friendships that are very special and will never be forgotten. He touched people and people touched him. He loved Betty, his family and friends, God and his Country. He loved watching the grandchildren grow and was supporting of their activities, always. Then he loved…Golf, Old cars, sports…Go Cardinals! Boise State Broncos!

Alvin is survived by his loving wife Betty, his children and extended family.

A celebration of this wonderful life will be held Friday, March 28, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel 5400 Fairview Ave., Boise, Idaho, followed by a short committal service at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery at 1:00 p.m..

Memorials may be made in Alvin's name to the association which was special to him, "The Wounded Warrior Project".

Funeral Home
Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel
5400 Fairview Avenue Boise, ID 83706
(208) 376-5400
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Published in StatesmanJournal on Mar. 25, 2014
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