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JOHN CLARENCE "JACK" ALLMAN Jack died July 25, 2016 in Riverside, California after a long illness. He was 92. Born in the oil fields of Wyoming, he was the 1941 State Athlete of the Year for his prowess in baseball, basketball and track. He enlisted in the U.S. Army the day after Pearl Harbor and was stationed for four years in the Pacific theater, where he received two Purple Hearts, two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, the Distinguished Service Cross and other commendations. After the war, he signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers before suffering a rotator cuff injury. He attended Riverside Junior College, the University of Redlands and the University of California at Santa Barbara. In 1960, while working in Palm Springs, he met the love of his life, Arline Ellis, and they married and settled in Riverside. Their son Kevin was born in 1963. Jack was active in boys' baseball in Riverside for many years, as administrator, manager and coach. In 1972, he was the manager of the Riverside Reds, the team which won the 1972 Colt League World Championship. He also was active in various sports-related charities and served on various committees for the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame. Jack and Arline were longtime members of the Raincross Squares Dance Club and enjoyed camping, spending time at home and visiting family. He is survived by his wife, Arline Catherine Allman; his son Kevin Allman of New Orleans; a brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Mary Allman of Warner Springs; and his nieces, Debbie Lowe of Riverside, Peggy Kreuger of Seguin, Texas and Kathy Marlowe of Nebraska. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence R. and Helen Allman, and his brother Bud Allman. A celebration of Jack's life will be held at 2 p.m. Sun., July 31 at the Janet Goeske Center (5257 Sierra St.), where he often volunteered and enjoyed participating in programs.
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Published in Press-Enterprise from July 27 to July 28, 2016
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