Lloyd Judson Allen


May 13, 1917 - July 3, 2012

Lloyd Judson Allen, 95, of Port Angeles, passed away on July 3, 2012.

Lloyd was the youngest of five children, born in Hood River, Oregon to Harley Hulbert Allen and Agnes Craig Allen. The family later moved to Scappoose, where they owned an apple orchard. Lloyd graduated from Scappoose High School in 1935. The very next day, he purchased a 1931 Chevrolet truck for $325 and began hauling pulpwood to the paper mills in St. Helens. In so doing, Lloyd took his first step into a lifelong career in the timber industry. In the beginning, he took contract hauling and logging jobs in Oregon. Purposeful and productive, he steadily saved enough money to eventually buy his own timber.

Lloyd met his wife, Bertha Marie Sasse (Bertie), at a Portland bus stop, where she waited every Sunday on her way to church. On Easter morning in 1945, they were married. For 62 years, they were partners in marriage and in business.

By 1955, Lloyd and Bertie had moved their growing family from Oregon to Quinault, Washington, and finally to Port Angeles, where they later built the family home on land with rolling pastures, where horses grazed, and children have played for three generations.

For over 60 years, in an ever-changing industry, Lloyd successfully guided Allen Logging Company with great vision and enduring passion. In 1954, the company was moved to its current location near the Hoh River. Soon a veneer mill was built, powered by diesel generators until 1966, when electricity became available as power lines were built south of Forks. A stud mill was added in 1968. From the outset and still today, the company has been blessed with loyal and valued employees.

While his work at the mill was truly his favorite activity, Lloyd also enjoyed fishing, hiking, the violin, and of course, his ever present terriers. He had a good-natured sense of humor and will be remembered by those who knew him as an excellent story teller. He was a man of quiet strength and great integrity.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Marie (in 2007); son, Michael; brothers, Kinsley and Donald Allen; sisters, Marjory Allen Lane and Julia Allen Williams. His survivors include daughters and sons-in-laws, Kathryn and Paul Gjelten, Annette and Denny Womac, and Christine and Ted Shideler; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Edith Allen; several nieces and nephews, and his dog, Bingo.

Funeral Mass for Lloyd Judson Allen will be held in Port Angeles at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2012, at Queen of Angels Church. A reception will immediately follow. All are welcome. There will be a private family burial.

Memorial donations may be made to: Ray Ellis Ambulance Corps, 530 Bogachiel Way, Forks, Washington 98331