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James Warren Allen

James Warren Allen, beloved husband, father and Papa, passed away at age 79 at home in Shoreline, WA, September 10, 2020, after a 20-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jimmy was born August 3, 1941, in West Seattle to Harold and Annabelle Allen. During his senior year at West Seattle High School, a persistent track coach convinced Jimmy to join the team as a hurdler. In his only season, he won the Seattle City Championship and qualified for the state meet in Pullman, WA. He fell in love with the campus and enrolled at Washington State University.

In the fall of 1959, Jimmy started at WSU where he studied Social Sciences. He walked on the track team as a freshman and developed into a world class hurdler. In 1963, he earned a scholarship, was a collegiate All-American, and placed second at the USA Track & Field Championships in the 400 meter hurdles. He was selected to the US Team and traveled to Europe for a series of dual meets against Russia, Poland, Germany, and Great Britain. He finished the season with a #4 world ranking.

At WSU, Jimmy joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity where he built some of the greatest friendships of his life, including his best friend David Pollart. He stayed close with his TKE brothers through regular emails, calls, visits, and golf vacations, where he enjoyed taking their money after rounds and sharing stories from their college days.

Jimmy served in the Air Force from 1965 to 1968, during which time he was deployed to the Portuguese Azores. He shared his love of music with the base as the night-shift DJ on the radio station.

After returning home, Jimmy reconnected with his college friends Donald "Rocky" Grant and James "Swede" Nielsen on the ski slopes at Crystal Mountain. The three friends spent their summers on the Oregon shore and continued their ski trips together with their families into retirement.

Jimmy met the love of his life, Rae Steinmann, at Crystal Mountain in 1972, and the couple married a year later. They moved to Olympia where they raised their kids and built lifelong friendships in the close-knit community.

Jimmy spent 30 years employed by Bratrud Middleton Insurance (now Propel Insurance), retiring in 2003. Jimmy and Rae followed their kids and grandkids to the Seattle area, moving to Shoreline in 2008. In retirement, Jimmy enjoyed golfing regularly with his treasured group of golf friends. Golf days were a highlight of his week, lasting well after the round as they enjoyed each other's company into the afternoon. When he wasn't golfing, Jimmy loved sipping IPAs on his deck, listening to the Beatles and jazz classics, and spending time with his family.

Jimmy is survived by his wife of 47 years, Rae, son, Jeff, daughter, Leslie, and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Cougar Athletics at Washington State University and invite friends and family to share a memory in the online guest book,

www.Legacy.com.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Seattle Times on Sep. 20, 2020.
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December 5, 2020
Jeff,

I just read the column by George Brose. I ran in the same period as your dad and enjoyed reading your comments about his days of competition. If I had not decided to give the 200 a try in the 1963 AAU Championships in St Louis I might have been with him in Russia. I did go toMoscow in '61. Anyway God Bless to you and your family and thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Earl OLY '60
Earl Young
Friend
October 1, 2020
The 1st time we met Jimmy and Rae they were overflow guests from the Nielsen's cabin on lummi Island who used our guest room. We got to know them over coffee the next morning. That was the beginning of our over 20 year friendship that included skiing at Sun Valley, Crystal Mountain and Whistler every year. We can't forget the crabbing parties and Hawaiian luau's on Lummi! Our fondess memories of Jimmy was watching him dance around singing songs with a beer in his hand while everyone worked to put dinner on the table. He was always so cheerful, It was a delight to just be around him. We will miss you Jimmy, may there be golf, skiing, music and beer in heaven!
Pat and Byron Moye
Pat moye
Friend
September 28, 2020
Our prayers and love Rae, Jeff, Leslie and family. So many wonderful memories of kids in school and on the golf course. Blessed to have called him friend.
Tery & Rick Bodette
Friend
September 27, 2020
Jim was the ultimate "golf guy" and a friend you always loved being around. He seemed to know something about everything and his story telling was legendary. His sharp wit and humor kept you in stitches and his positive attitude was infectious. I will miss his smile and enthusiasm for life. He never seemed to let anything get him down. Jim will never be forgotten and the "golf guys" will continue to share memories forever. He will be missed. Jim was gone too soon.
Bob Lewis
Friend
September 26, 2020
I feel very fortunate to have known Jim. He had lots of stories to tell as we carpooled, played golf and enjoyed the 19th hole together. We solved many of the world’s problems and had a lot of laughs. He had a sharp mind, quick wit and an outstanding memory. As said by others he got along with everybody. On one occasion my 4 iron broke and Jim insisted that he could fix it. He did with a new shaft and grip. It remains one of the most used clubs in my bag. His love of IPA is legendary so although he said he didn’t want anything I gave him a 6 pack of IPA. When I returned with my wife to pick up the club Rea and Jim graciously asked us to stay for some drinks on the deck where I felt obligated to help him polish off some of the IPA. He is missed.
Ken Larsen
Friend
September 24, 2020
To me Jim Allen was one of the best guys I have ever met. He became a part of a large golf group we called the Golf Guys. Jim was part of our group for about 12 years and a literally was loved by each and everyone of us. Think of that.....20 plus guys from all walks of life. How often does that happen. He had a unique and infectious personality. I believe Jim never met a person he didn’t like. Plus he was a connoisseur of good IPA’s. Gotta love that. Jim you will be with the Golf Guys forever. Rest In Peace Jimmy. You are the Best!
Mike Nuebel
Friend
September 23, 2020
I want to say "ditto" to all the great things that have already been said about Jimmy. I will miss his greeting to me at the golf course "hi Snedley". Other's were if he would EVER have an errant golf shot he would say, I hit it on the toe or the 2nd groove. His (crystal ball) for the golfing weather report was always interesting as it would end with "that's my story and I'm sticking to it". The 19th hole decision between him and Mike Neubel about the best IPA caused a lot of trash talk from some of us lite Bud or lite Coors drinkers. Jimmy, you will always be part of our conversations..RIP!!!!!
Ron Snedeker
Friend
September 23, 2020
No nicer guy than Jim, a man with an infectious smile and an inspirational always positive attitude who was a true blessing for all of us in our Golf Guys group.
Jim's absence has left a big hole and heavy hearts.
He will always be with us, both on the course as well as at IPA time at the 19th hole.
We have lost a truly outstanding man.
HERB FOX
Friend
September 22, 2020
Jim was a great golf friend as well as a wonderful person. He was really one of a kind. I will miss watching and listening to his love of golf and life. I will miss his sharp wit, humor, and ability to condense the essence of a specific issue to just a few poignant words. Thankfully he has passed to a better place to end his suffering. I will miss him.
Ed Ries
September 22, 2020
It’s not often 50 year friendships happen, lucky for me Jimmy was one of them.
The Allens and Grants spent many happy times together among them watching sunsets at the Oregon coast and Hawaii with good conversations and company.
Being on the lookout for a Red Robin (his fave) and listening to Jimmy tell a funny story or joke, laughing so hard he couldn’t get through the story.
Jimmy will always be with us in the memories of those who loved him.
Cheers to James Wonderful!
Debbie Grant
Friend
September 22, 2020
Sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was a year ahead of me at West Seattle but a nice guy and a good friend back then. A loss for everyone. R I P
mike berry
Friend
September 22, 2020
Very sorry for your loss. I had the opportunity to work with Jim for about 10 years at Propel's, Olympia office before his retirement. He brought levity to the office when needed. I learned quickly his love of family, friends, golf, football and the Beatles. RIP Jim
Kellie Hogan
Kellie Hogan
Coworker
September 21, 2020
To Rae, Jeff, Leslie- I am very sorry for your loss. Jimmy was more than just a close friend to my family. I have know Jimmy my whole life,and I consider him family to me! I hope he is in a better place now.

Jimmy was more than one of my fathers best friends, he was always the most interesting person in the room to me. I even remember from a very young age, I thought Jimmy was the tallest man I had ever seen! I was always excited to see Jimmy, when he came to visit, or when are family's were together. He always had a large smile on his face and nothing but loud funny things to say! I would always look forward to hearing Jimmy tell stories and make jokes. And I can tell you, I have heard many of them since i was baby!!!

My favorite Jimmy memory: He had come to visit my father to play golf, drink beer, and talk about the good ol" WSU days!!! Well it was after they had played golf all day. Jimmy was using the bathroom shower and came out in the hallway wrapped in a towel. I was walking towards him at that same time, and I was instantly confused! His top half of his body was completely dry, even his hair! I though poor guy is so tall he could not fit under the shower....so i said to him "Hey Jimmy, you did even take a full shower." Jimmy then responded without hesitation "Don't worry Ryan, I never break a sweat playing your dad in golf"....we both laughed, he then asked me if I was going to to the kitchen. Which i told him I was, he said back to me "Now be a good guy and bring the worlds greatest golfer a beer back on your way!" And if that isn't Jimmy, I don't know what it is!!!

I will miss him!!!!

Ryan Grant
Ryan Grant
Friend
September 21, 2020
Jim Allen Day was fabulous this Monday, the 21st of September. Sixteen Golf Guys showed for the photo shoot and twelve played 18 holes of golf at Legion Memorial honoring our friend Jim Allen. What a beautiful day it was.

As Gary Bader put it so well: R I P Jimmy.
Leslie Allen McBride
Daughter
September 21, 2020
How lucky to have this amazing dad who also turned into an amazing grandpa to my kids. We lost him this week, but I'm so happy that I still get to see him every day in my kids' faces and habits, and in my own mannerisms.

We love to reminisce. If you knew him, please share a story in his guest book here.
Leslie Allen McBride
Daughter
September 21, 2020
Dear Rae: You and Jim built a wonderful Legacy. It's hard to believe it's been 48 years since you and Jim started your journey together at the cabin at Crystal River Ranch. Take care.
Greg Rafanelli
Gregory D Rafanelli
Friend
September 21, 2020
"Ode to Little Jimmy" LTD
We met in 59 at wazzu in the best of times.
Your wit and uncanny humor left us in stitches
Wow! You started messing with the Track and became World Class
In the Air Force as a DJ you were no hack . You were even admired by Wolfman Jack.
But your greatest feat was without retreat .You reached in and touched our hearts with your unparalleled humor and courage despite all the Charts
You have set the hurdle for us high. We will forever honor your Legacy . Never to let it Die.
Terry Ball
Friend
September 21, 2020
"Little Jimmy" was one of a kind. He has left an indelible memory with anyone who knew him. He will be missed.
Ward Taylor
Friend
September 21, 2020
We had some great times. Prayers to the family. Jeff was my 4th son. Thinking of you.
Love, The Vellas
Patti Vella
Friend
September 21, 2020
Rae and family, my condolences to you. Jimmy was one of the greatest. So many memories - sharing a ski cabin at Crystal Mtn., where you and Jimmy met, in 1970; our 1975 trip to Sun Valley, in Dave Wilson’s Ford van; The pink shack in Madison Park, where Jim and I were roommates; and of course, your wedding! Jimmy and I last talked about a year ago. He shared with me about his cancer. I remember how upbeat he was, so positive. He never let it get him down. That’s something we should all try to emulate. Rest In Peace, old friend.
Willem “Bill” Alma
Friend
September 21, 2020
'Living the dream' was Jimmy's mantra. His presence always kindled happiness and fun. We'll miss you, Jimmy, but will never forget. RIP, Doug and Darlene
Doug Orkney
Friend
September 20, 2020
A real fixture at Crystal Mountain. He was alway warm and friendly. I will miss his smile and enthusiasm. My condolences to the family. His spirit will remain with all of us on the mountain Who love skiing like he did.
Bob Boice
Friend
September 20, 2020
I am saddened to hear that Warren has passed. I alway saw them joyfully skiing the mountain as the “ageless skiers”. He always greeted me with a smile. He was a real fixture at Crystal Mountain. We will miss him dearly.
Bob Boice
September 20, 2020
My deepest condolences. May he rest in peace.
KENNETH MCBRIDE
Family
September 20, 2020
“Tall Jimmy Allen” a classic. We treasure our friendship with Jimmy and family. ❤❤
Trish and David
Friend
September 20, 2020
Jimmy, I will miss your smile and quick wit. The Dry Heat has lost a great member and a dear friend. I know you will be looking down on us next year with an IPA in hand and helping David take some more of Rocky’s money!
Norm Gomes
Friend
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