Paul Allen
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Paul Allen (1953 – 2018) co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates. The duo started Microsoft in 1975. When IBM contracted Microsoft to provide the operating system for their personal computers, the company gained success.

Allen was a major sports fan, becoming the owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers. The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl in 2014.

He was a philanthropist who donated billions of dollars for various causes including homelessness and environmental issues.

Allen was a skilled guitarist and a big fan of Jimi Hendrix. His Museum of Pop Culture features much of his Hendrix memorabilia.

Bill Gates paid tribute to his friend, "I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Allen. From our early days together at Lakeside School, through our partnership in the creation of Microsoft, to some of our joint philanthropic projects over the years, Paul was a true partner and dear friend. Personal computing would not have existed without him."

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Read full obituary here.

Published in GreenwichTime on Oct. 15, 2018.
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October 3, 2019
R.I.P. what an incredible man ... you will live on in the hearts & minds of everyone who knew you
Angela
Acquaintance
August 3, 2019
Paul will be truly missed by those who admired him. My prayers go out to the Seattle Seahawks & Portland Trail Blazers organizations, along with the employees of Vulcan Inc.
And thanks for leading the Seahawks to their lone Super Bowl win.
February 13, 2019
How you changed the world!!!! RIP knowing it was for the good of all people!!!!
Amy Corbitt
Friend
January 9, 2019
IM IN SHOCK THAT YOU DEAD IM CRYING!
Joanna Alvarado
December 28, 2018
DEAREST PAUL,

YOU ARE THE ONE BILLIONAIRE I WANTED TO MEET. MY DAD WAS LIKE YOU, ACCEPT HE WAS THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD AND PASSED AWAY IN 2016 AD.

I KNOW YOU WANTED TO FIND A CURE FOR CANCER. LET'S HOPE WE CAN SOON.

R.I.P.
DAVID B
Neighbor
December 12, 2018
Our condolences to the family. Those in God's memory will never be forgotten.
December 2, 2018
R.I.P
November 29, 2018
Thank you for being a great inspiration and a wonderful human being.
Kevin Hill
November 24, 2018
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Ann Stokman
November 9, 2018
Thanks for the one shot at helping you start the digital revolution in a sport I loved. You know go fast turn left. Also for this cities 2nd world champioship in the first sport I loved and played. If only I could of shook your hand and said thanks in real time. RIP Paul who knows just maybe our work has just begun, only time will tell.
Johnathan Olsen
November 6, 2018
From one of the people in the world that have been touched by your vision, and couraged ... thank you Mr Allen, you made a difference
November 4, 2018
Thanks for helping Seattle Paul! We will all miss you greatly!
David Ross
November 3, 2018
allen hill
Coworker
November 3, 2018
Seattle thanks you Paul Allen. As a lifetime resident I know you changed our world and drew a line in the sand to keep the heart and soul of this city. I hope this city publicly recognizes you. A parade the likes of the Super Bowl is what you deserve ❤❤❤
Julie Barnfather
November 2, 2018
Please stay in touch from other worlds Paul, the elephants will always appreciate what you did for them; because elephants never forget.
Brent Newsome
Neighbor
November 1, 2018
R. I.P. Paul. You were an Awesome Person
Vivian Jenson
November 1, 2018
May he rest in God's eternal peace for all the good and joy he brought to so many in this life. Blessings on his soul.
Fr Dwight Lewis
October 31, 2018
My condolences to family and friends at this difficult time.
October 31, 2018
To the family and friends, please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Paul , may God give you strength and comfort during this difficult time. (Psalms 46 :1)
October 31, 2018
Was an honor to know him and assist him with his real estate in New Orleans and Malibu
Dorian Bennett
October 31, 2018
I've never met Mr. Allen, but one thing I know for sure, he was a very giving man. All he has done for our city, country and world will never be forgotten.
God bless his family and friends and remember...He lives on in the City of Seattle through all of his great works and sincere giving.
Leonard Williams
October 30, 2018
I always admired the way you took care of your family and so many more; you were a sensitive and caring person who so many respected. I hope your family can know love and grace in this time of loss. You made a difference.
d megaro
October 30, 2018
Dear family,

May the God of comfort add to yours during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Aaron Orange
WESLEY Chapel,FL
Chipsorange @aol.com
Aaron Orangee
October 28, 2018
Thank you for your lasting support of the arts, education, and artists. Your vision will be missed in Seattle.
Nanci Spieker
October 28, 2018
It was a shock to so suddenly find you had just departed from your earth life. The distilled goodness of who you were poured out to me for a few days, and I cried.....Praying you be delivered into the embrace of True Lord and Saviour, Jesus. I believe you knew of Him, and hope in the latter years of your life you truly did move yourself closer to Him.
Thanks for finishing the sculpture next to your Paul Allen Institute building just as I described, It really says something now. Something beautiful about being friends and human beings and the blessing of respectful caring communication/connections. That intangible which is SO important to our wellbeing while on this earth, as simple as it may seem, It must be treasured and guarded!! We did little of that while you were here, but that which did happen REALLY positively impacted the world!!! The goodness of you remains in my heart with Jesus, and now I let you go to the Love of Christ and Christ alone! It was REAL, Paul. To HIS glory!!!
Janice White
October 28, 2018
Condolences to the Allen Family during this difficult time. Mr. Allen, you are a beautiful human being and our world is in a much better place for all you have done. Thank you and blessing on your lovely journey home.
Marta Flor
October 28, 2018
I am very sorry for the lose of Paul Allen
John Corral
Friend
October 27, 2018
My Daughter worked for Paul on one of his Yachts, through her engagement with Paul and his family I learnt of a truly magnificent man. Paul will indeed be sadly missed on our great planet and I am sure the Heavens will now be much richer with his presence with the eternal life, God Bless You Paul, Mark Perkins, Gold Coast Australia.
Mark Perkins
Grandparent
October 27, 2018
I have never met Paul Allen, but I have seen all he has done in PNW for everyone !!! He has done so much and always been just one of the guys playing his music, or helping who ever needed help. RIP: Paul and God please comfort all his family and friends in this time of need..
Larrie & Lanny the Pretzer's
October 27, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Alexandra Tudor
October 27, 2018
We are made in the image of our God with his wonderful wisdom
The way Paul Allen used his passion for his fellow man for their betterment is so inspiring
May all those that knew of him share their memories of joy with each other
May our Heavenly Father grant you strength during this time
Jackie
October 27, 2018
Thank you for all you have done for the world, it is a better place because of you! Thank you for sharing with us your passion for sports and music! I hope you are in peace and with out pain.
Xee Del Real
October 26, 2018
Mary Khouri
The World is a far better place because you were in it. Rest in Eternal Happiness Paul, and I hope to meet you face to face someday and have no limit to the Joy we can share in God's Grace.
With great respect and admiration,
Mary Khouri
Mary Khouri
October 26, 2018
May the God of peace comfort the family during this time of loss.
October 26, 2018
RIP Paul Allen. Blazer fans will miss you.
Rip City
October 26, 2018
Paul Allen was a great man who cared about people. I want to thank him for his contributions to this country and the world.
Sean Carpenter
October 25, 2018
Thank you Paul Allen for being such a generous and caring man. You are an amazing role model to us all! Rest in Peace.
Renee Harris
October 25, 2018
Mr. Allen.....
THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU'VE DONE... THANK YOU FOR A BEING A WONDERFUL MAN.
LOVE THE TRAILBLAZERS and SEAHAWKS !!!
REST IN PEACE!!!!
Brenden Naccarato
October 25, 2018
Condolences to the family
Denice Watkins
October 25, 2018
He'll be missed so much!
Cynthia Davis
October 25, 2018
For Paul in your memory
Rochelle Phillips
October 24, 2018
RIP Thank You #PaulAllen for saving the #Seahawks I will surely miss you and what you've done for the world #Microsoft #IT
Vietnam (Michael) Ngo
October 24, 2018
I was so sad to hear that he passed away, but he will be always remembered. I will never stop thanking him for saved our seahawks, but additionally, I was so impressed that he donated a lot of money to different places or people whatever they needed to help other people to fight the cancer or disease. I never forget that I met him at Bulldog Newsstand in University District in late 1990's and told him that I thanked him and I was invited to the stadium vote night party at King Street Station. I hope he will be in Pro Football Hall of Fame and ring of honor, also. I'd like to send my prayer and my condolences to the Allen Family and Seahawks.
Jason Viglianco
Significant_other
October 24, 2018
Thank you very much for everything you did for us, for Seattle, for the 12's! You were such a good person in everyone's eyes. We are all praying that the Seahawks, our team, bring home the Superbowl In your honor Sir. You are greatly missed by all the people of Seattle! RIP.
Shamila
October 24, 2018
Paul. Thank you for all you have done for Seattle, Washington, America, the world and humanity in general. Your worldly purpose was fulfilled. RIP.
Pamela Collins
October 24, 2018
REST IN PEASE! GOD BLESS.❤
October 24, 2018
RIP Paul Allen. You will truly be missed.
Tammi Purdy
October 24, 2018
RIP Paul Allen, you will be missed and remembered by so many people. Thank you for everything you have done for the whole world. I wish there were more giving people like you. May your family and friends keep you close in their hearts forever.
Jan Frazier
October 24, 2018
To such a wonderful man, that saved our Seattle Seahawks. We could never repay you, but we are so blessed to have had a share in your life. Paul Allen R.I.P., you truly will be missed by everyone!!
Carmen Perkins
October 24, 2018
Paul Allen may you RIP
Carolè Gress
October 24, 2018
Thank you for all that you did for the Seahawks and the 12's. You were an honorable man who gave back to the community and you will be remembered for your selflessness and generosity. May you rest in peace.
Laura Trujillo
October 24, 2018
Just wanted to say Paul is a hero to me as to other fans of the seahawks. He was truly a great guy and mentor and owner. We thank him for everything he has done. I wish I could have met him because he seemed like an awesome man. I read the story about when he purchased the seahawks and my heart filled with love and sadness of joy because of what he did for all of us. He is an inspiration to us all. It was truly amazing for all he's done. Thank you Paul Allen.
Matthew Lobberecht
October 24, 2018
As a devoted Seahawks fan from the Philly area Since 1976. I would like to Thank Mr. Allen for his efforts to keep the Hawks in Seattle. I would also like to offer my sincerest condolences to the Allen Family and to the Seahawks and Trail Blazers on the loss of a Great Individual. R.I.P Mr. Allen.
Stephen Phipps
October 24, 2018
RIP Paul Allen. May God comfort your loved ones.
Angelica Telles
October 24, 2018
Thank you for saving our Seahawks. You will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Tina Forde
Salado, Tx
October 24, 2018
You will never be forgotten. You and Gates changed the world forever. You made your sport franchises proud to be in the city they stayed in and made them competitors because you had a vision. You will be in millions of Hearts, and I will tell my kids and their kids about you. You are a legacy.
R. I. P Paul Allen
Jacob Santana
October 24, 2018
The Seahawks will miss you. Gone but never forgotten.RIP.
Christina Rocha
October 24, 2018
R. I. P. Paul Allen. Thank you for all you did in your short life. Prayers for you family. Thank you so very much for saving the Seahawks.
Jackie Ferch
October 24, 2018
You were a good man and even better human being. You will be missed.
T M
October 24, 2018
Thank you for all you have done for the greater humanity to man. May your family find peace within themselves and you to rest in peace.
Kim Richards
October 24, 2018
Tammy Peer
October 24, 2018
Tammy Peer
October 24, 2018
Tammy Peer
October 24, 2018
The world will never forget what you've done to make a difference in life that will continue though you are not here. You changed the life of many!
Tammy Peer
October 24, 2018
R.I.P rest in peace Paul Allen the world have lost a fighter in poaching world wide We will miss you by furaha Nsemwa Tanzania
October 23, 2018
Prayers to family on your loss. May you continue to draw strength from God and know that he loves you and can help you in the days ahead.
October 23, 2018
My Dear Paul, I want to thank you for being what we all should be, generous to our mankinds, helpful, and loving. The many things you have done for our great city has built a community that reaches clear around the world bringing us closer together believing in kindness, strength against sickness, like cancer, helping us to believe in mankind once again. In this day and age where things are becoming so negative, and crimes against humanity so common , it was nice to finally find a forum where you felt a part of something Good and Better, something BIGGER than yourself, being a 12! This was not an achievement that came easy but is definitely a force to reckon with, a POSITIVE FORCE I am proud to be a part of. You started it and I will Forever be Grateful to you for doing so. May The Lord welcome you with open arms and forever bless the Legacys you've left behind. Hopefully the positive messages you created with Sports, Music, Science, and Technology live on and continue to be that Beautiful positive peaceful Force it was meant to be. Thank You again Paul, may you Rest In Peace. Amen
Cerise Koch
Friend
October 23, 2018
My condolence to the family of Paul Allen. May you have the peace of God to help you get through the loss of your loved one. Php 4: 7
October 23, 2018
You will forever be missed. The good really do go young.. May your family find comfort during this difficult time.
Donna shroyer
October 22, 2018
R.I.P. Paul Allen , You were a real life Super Hero. Thank you for all you have done not only for Seattle , but for the whole world.... My heart felt sympathy to your family and friends... My heart has been heavy since I heard the news I can't even imagine what the ones close to Mr. Allen are going through. xoxo
Susan Heuscher
October 22, 2018
As a blue and green blooded Seahawks fan since their inception, my first inclination is to laud your ownership of the team. That would be incredibly short sighted on my part, for that was but a fraction, and probably least important, on your long list of achievements and philanthropic endeavors. God bless you for all the innovation you brought to our world, and the life altering generosity you showed to millions and millions of people. May you rest in peace, and may your family feel God's comfort and blessing during this difficult time.
Brian Headding
October 22, 2018
Rest in Heaven Mr. Paul Allen, You are truly a gift from God , this world has gained so much from loving and caring ways. I'm in my 50's and born and grew up here in Seattle. I can't even begin to say how many ways you have made an impact on my life. You are my hero and I'm so sad you had to leave this Earth so soon, but our heavenly father has called you home. I Love Mr. Allen xoxo
October 22, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 22, 2018
IM UTTERLY SHAKING BY UR LOSS PAULIE BUT , I JUST WANT 2 SAY THANKS AGAIN 2 MY FRIEND SAMANTHA COOPER 4 GIVING ME A HOME COMPUTER WHEN I WAS 10 YEARS OLD AFTER , I CAME HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL ..... FAREWELL BROTHER PAULIE JOHN 9:09-9:15 ......... MARK 8:30 & 8:32 MATTHEW 25:36 25:37 & 25:38 CORINTHIANS 2:2:13 CORINTHIANS 1:12:34 1:12:30 JOSHUA 10:27 & JUDGES 16:16 ......
ALICA BAD BOY DURAN
October 22, 2018
Thank You for all you did Paul
Neil Vandenberg
October 22, 2018
allen hill
Coworker
October 22, 2018
R.I.P. Mr. Allen and thank you so very much for saving our Seahwaks. You will always be missed.
Benny Dolatshahi
October 22, 2018
Thank you for your amazing gifts and heartfelt generosity. You leave the world a better place.
Jackson Family
October 22, 2018
Mr. Allen will be remembered for his contributions to technology and his generous spirit. Please accept my sincere condolences
Ms. Sowell
October 22, 2018
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Mr Allen, I'm sure will not be forgotten . I pray you may receive comfort and peace from the "God and Father of Tender Mercies. " He's there for you.
Deborah
October 22, 2018
RIP Paul Allen
Ray
October 21, 2018
You fought a great fight. You are needed upstairs...NOW.
Patricia Lynn
Friend
October 21, 2018
Paul Allen should be remembered for his role in transferring Dartmouth BASIC on time-sharing computers to eight-bit microcomputers. It implies he had developed expertise in working with integrated circuit machine language in the middle 1970s.
Michael Zeidler
October 21, 2018
I am so glad the world had someone like you that cared for humanity. I pray you are at peace and be remembered for all your accomplishments. Memory Eternal.
Rosie Huehnergarth
October 21, 2018
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Mr . Allen. Many thanks for his contribution .It really made a big difference. Wishing peace to the family.(Philippians 4:6,7)
MV
October 21, 2018
You left us with a better world because of your love for mankind. I feel like the world has lost its' hero. We appreciate all you did for us. You were and always will be 1000% percent loved by all. R. I. P.
Sanne Onestein
October 21, 2018
Rest In Peace Mr Allen. Seahawk for Life
Beryl Hoodier
October 21, 2018
Thank you Paul Allen for your contribution to the Northwest area and the world. You will always be a great example of LIVING LIFE and MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
See you in Heaven, Bill
William Spencer
Friend
October 21, 2018
I just can not believe that you are gone. It happened so fast. So many things left unfinished now in the hands of those entrusted. Your family and friends as well as the community and everyone that you touched has lost a gentle hand, a compassionate heart and a generous soul. You did so much for so many no words can quantify the value of your life nor the loss for those left behind. Godspeed Paul, You deserved so much more time. Hopefully your stewards continue your work as you intended and your legacy lives on. Thank you for everything. The world owes you a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.
Charles Prowse
Acquaintance
October 20, 2018
Wow ,what amazing things said ,all deserved in my eyes gone way to soon,just news that shocks rip Paul-Allen ,admirer, fan j.e mount Vernon wa thank you far ALL youve done
Jess Elder
Neighbor
October 20, 2018
I was so sorry to hear that Paul Allen had died. I didn't know him personally I only knew him through the many innovated ideas that he made a reality. It saddens me that he died at only 65 years old. It would have been wonderful if he had lived another 30 or so years to see what else he was working on. Paul will be deeply missed and remembered by many people that knew him, and even more people that didn't know him but admired him from afar. Saina Carey / Moab, UT
Saina Carey
October 20, 2018
With deep sadness, my condolences to family and friends. Paul Allen meant a lot to many people. He meant a lot to this area, and beyond. Rest in Peace, Paul Allen!
Sylvia Blaauw
October 20, 2018
Condolences. May the comfort that God offers console those who are brokenhearted or broken in spirit over this loss.
William Castaldo
October 20, 2018
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Emily
October 19, 2018
A great mind and spirit .... a gift to humanity and a mentor to me. Rest in peace Paul.
James Owens
Acquaintance
October 19, 2018
My prayers go out to the family . Paul was a very nice guy . I use to do studio work at his house . He will be missed . Thank you Paul Allen for Welcoming me into your beautiful studio to work on different styles of music it really was a blessing thanks for the opportunity. Also thank you Paul because When I lost my house and I was homeless with my wife and 4 kids thanks for the studio work it really was right on time .
Donald S
October 19, 2018
My condolences to the Allen family.
May he Rest In Peace.
Isac Cantu
Friend
October 19, 2018
Introduced via IBM and Executive MBA studies at Golden Gate University while employed at USEPA (1989). Our friendship continued while employed as a licensed nurse in Kirkland, WA at Helping Hand for the Disabled ( 2008), and Life Care Center of Bothell (2008 to 2010). Gone; Not Forgotten! Rest In Peace. With Sympathy. Loss Of Friend.
Anita Parker
Friend
October 19, 2018
Thank you for all that you did for this world. Gone too soon.
Joann Jones
Friend
October 19, 2018
Our family want to pass on condolences...very sad day for us all.
Carol Abed
Friend
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