Richard “Dick” Allen
Resident of Union City
Dick was born on 10/9/1936 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He lived briefly in San Francisco and then moved to San Leandro, where Dick met the love of his life, Victoria Santos, in 1951. They were married on 8/1/1960 and purchased their first house together in Union City in 1963. Together they had 4 children; Steven R. Allen, Charles R Wagner, Troy E. Allen, and Denise R Allen. They were happily married until her passing in September, 2004. Dick is also survived by one grandson, Richard “Ricky” T. Allen, and one nephew Marvin G. Allen. In addition, Dick’s extended family was large, everyone who knew him loved him, and many lovingly called him “Papa”.
Dick had an outstanding career, spanning 6 decades in the Metals Business, from 1959 to 2019. He worked a variety of positions within the industry, and soon became the “go-to” person in his profession. His knowledge was invaluable and he made a lasting impression on those he worked with.
Dick loved adventures with his family. Traveling to Disneyland and Hawaii were on the top of his list. Each trip was memorable in its own way, and he knew how to make the most of every adventure. His love for all things Hawaiian, especially the food and music, became a part of his everyday life. He was a true Islander at heart. He also enjoyed attending wresting events, being everyone’s favorite D.J, and tinkering with his computer to make home videos and slide shows.
During his lifetime, Dick proved himself to be a remarkable person who was dedicated to his community. He had many roles, such as the Official Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Parks & Recreation commissioner, election volunteer, scout leader, Parade chairman, little league coach, and JayCees President. His continued commitment to his community earned him the Citizen of the Year Award from the Union City Chamber of Commerce. He also lived out a small dream of his to be Mickey Mouse’s bodyguard for a parade.
Aside from his accomplishments, both professionally and personally, Dick Allen was an extraordinary man. His unwavering love for his children and grandson knew no bounds. He loved having a good laugh, singing a jolly tune, and gardening. If someone was feeling blue he would whip out his Donald Duck impression just to see a smile. We were all so very lucky to have known and loved him. Although we will forever miss this giant of a man, there is much solace in knowing that Dick is reunited with his beloved Vicki.
We will always love you Papa. Aloha.
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