Allan M. Klein was born on February 27, 1928, in Chelsea, Massachusetts to Fay and Samuel Klein. Allan passed away on Monday, July 23, 2012, in Bend, Oregon at the age of 84 after living a rich and full life.
At 15 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in World War II in North Africa until he was injured. He received a medal for bravery and was sent home after it was discovered that he was underage. Again, at 17 he joined the Navy and served on the U.S.S. Taswell in Sasebo, Japan after peace had been declared.
At 22 he married Irene Levine who gave birth to three children, Mindy, Bruce and Howard. He moved to the San Francisco Bay area and later married Sandra Maslo who bore him a daughter, Shannan. After many years in the Bay area he moved to Seattle, met Billie-Mae, his surviving spouse, to whom he was married for 25 years.
Allan is also survived by a younger brother, Robert; his four natural children; and five grandchildren, Max, Ariel, Jared, Rebecca and Samantha. Allan’s blended family includes Billie’s three children, Jenny, Bill and Michael; and six grandchildren, Nicholas, Elena, Claire, Ursula, Chloe and Luke.
Allan spent most of his life as a real estate investor and broker. Most recently he worked in Grays Harbor County in Washington, where he joined the ranks of The Million Dollar Club in the 1990s. He retired in 2006. The couple spent the next five summers cruising the British Columbia coast on their motor yacht, The Gusto II. Winters were spent in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In addition to his work life Allan spent many years as an accomplished pilot. He flew his Cherokee 180, “Lulubelle”, across the country several times to the East Coast and points in between, and made several trips to Alaska.
In 2011, they moved from Anacortes, Washington to Bend and purchased a home midway between most of their blended family. Allan loved Bend and placed on his bucket list a desire to catch his first trout.
The celebration of his life will be held at Farewell Bend Park next to the Deschutes River at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2012.