George Marvin Gale Allen was born May 1, 1943 in Denver, Colo., to Glenn and Freda Allen.
George grew up in many places including California, Kansas, Utah and Colorado until the family settled in Fowler, Colo., in 1954.
He graduated from Fowler High School in 1961 and went to college at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) on a football scholarship; this is where he met his future wife, Nancy. They were married in 1965, shortly after his graduation from UNC, where George received his degree in biology and coaching.
George was a member of the Air Force reserves from 1967 until he was honorably discharged in 1973.
George and Nancy moved around Colorado until they settled in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1973 and raised their two young children. In 1985 they moved to Fort Collins, Colo., and lived there until George retired from 45 years of catastrophe adjusting. Nancy joined him on the road the last 22 years, traveling from one disaster to another, helping out in times of crisis.
After his “retirement” George started farming up at the family ranch in Draper, S.D., which was homesteaded by Nancy’s grandfather in 1904. He had always helped his father-in-law with farming and harvest time throughout the years and it was his passion.
George loved watching sports, especially the Denver Broncos, golf and playing the slot machines. One of his greatest joys was going to his granddaughters’ sporting events and cheering them on.
George had a great sense of humor; he would tease and joke with everyone he met. He was a man of integrity, generosity, a very hard worker and always gave his best. He adored and loved his wife, children and granddaughters immensely. He loved the Lord and had a giving and loving spirit.
George, formerly of Hill City, S.D., died Feb. 24, 2019 at his home in Fort Collins after a brief and hard-fought battle with cancer. He was 75.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Freda Allen; sister, Doris Ball; brother, Jim Allen; brothers-in-law Curtis Ball, Mack McClain, Paul Miller and Mark Gordon; sister-in-law Kathy Gordon; nephews Drew Gordon and Mathew Allen; and an infant brother and sister.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Allen; their children Brett (Mykel) Allen and Beth (Kyle) Fritzler, both of Fort Collins; granddaughters, Maya and Taylor Fritzler of Fort Collins; step-granddaughter, Alex Flory of Denver, Colo.; siblings, Joy McClain of Fowler, Peggy Miller and Margo (Larry) Allen, both of Longmont, Colo., Glenn (Beth) Allen, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Dan (Elise) of Richmond, Va., and Patrick (Susan) Allen of Centennial, Colo.; sisters-in-law Patty (Dave) Fortmeier of Sierra Madre, Calif., Judy (Jim) Bexfield of Albuquerque, N.M., Peggy (John) Wright of Akron, Colo., and Dotty (Jay) Oxley of Craig, Colo.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers donate to the Boys and Girls Club of the Black Hills (Hill City Club), 297 Walnut St., Hill City, SD 57745 or to the Liberty Common Women’s Basketball team (LCHS Booster Club), 2745 Minnesota St., Fort Collins, CO 80525.
Services were March 1 at Timberline Church in Fort Collins with a graveside service and military honors followed at Grandview Cemetery.