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Bill Allen

A memorial celebration Friday evening will honor the late William Clint Allen, 61, an Estes Park resident for 37 years.

Bill passed away Friday, April 25, at McKee Medical Center in Loveland after a brief but courageous struggle with multiple myeloma, a form of bone cancer. He continued to work at his office until two days before his death.

A celebration filled with conversations, memories and music – all essential characteristics of Bill’s life, will be held at the American Legion Hall in Estes Park at 6 p.m. Friday. Friends are invited to bring a pot luck dish to share as well as a favorite photograph of Bill for a display.

Bill Allen was born Oct. 5, 1946, in Atlanta, GA, and grew up in Moline, IL. He served in the Army, including duty in Korea, until 1969. He moved to Estes Park in 1970.

In 1972 he met the love of his life, Ellen Allen, at the Wheel Bar. They wed April 19, 1975, in the chapel at Camp Saint Malo. He and Ellen took great pride in their children, Andrea, born in 1978, and Clint, born in 1983.

Although Bill had owned Estes Valley Appraisals since the fall of 2000, he was known throughout the Estes Valley community for many years prior to his current career. He shared his gifts of friendship, conversation and storytelling while tending bar at Lonigan’s for 16 years, and he and Ellen had owned Old Man Mountain Antiques and Meadow Mountain Crystal Company.

Bill loved music, especially the blues, and read widely, enjoying local history, mysteries and westerns. He hiked, golfed, camped and fished, driving his 1964 Scout, and no one will forget seeing him walking around town with his dog, Maggie. But his greatest pleasure was spending time with his family and friends, who especially remember his sense of humor, generosity and passion for life.

His family includes his wife, Ellen, and her family members, his sister Julie Gates of Moline, daughter Andrea and her fiance Zorab Ovsepyan of Denver, son Clint and his wife Laura of Golden, and a half-son, David Leonard of Chicago.

Friends may make memorial contributions to the Bill Allen Memorial Fund at the Bank of Colorado, P.O. Box 2560, Estes Park, CO 80517.

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