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John D "Yatine Thlai Thlai" Allen
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Birth: Dec. 27, 1921
Spalding
Nez Perce County
Idaho, USA
Death: May 8, 2009
Boise
Ada County
Idaho, USA

John D. Allen, 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion, from Boise, died Friday, May 8, 2009, at his home in Boise. He was 87 years old.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

John David Allen Sr., Yatine Cye Cye or White Swan, was a World War II veteran.

John David Allen Sr., retired "Cat Skinner" from Boise, died Friday, May 8, 2009, at his home in Boise. He was 87 years old.

John was born to Mark Allen Sr. and Irene Wilkinson Allen at Spalding, Dec. 27, 1921.

He was raised on the family farm at Cottonwood Creek along with 11 siblings. His favorite pastimes at that time were playing baseball, hunting and fishing. He was a graduate of Lapwai High School, class of 1939.

He entered the U.S. Army, where he began his three tours of duty as a construction engineer with the 307th battalion, June 26, 1942. He signed on for a second tour of duty with the 187th and 307th Airborne, seeing action in England, France and Okinawa during World War II. On his third tour he was a paratrooper with the 82nd and had more than 1,300 jumps in his military career. He served in Korea during the Korean War and was injured in action while there. He ended his career as a staff sergeant in Alaska and Fort Campbell, Ky. He left the military in June 1956.

He loved hunting - he killed his first blacktail deer at age 9, in Slate Creek - and huckleberry picking near Deary. His favorite fishing hole in his later years was at Winchester Lake. He had a lifelong love of horses and used to talk about his favorite horse, Shorty. He was very proud of his first Cleetrack tractor that he used to farm many hundreds of acres with his father, Mark Allen Sr. and his grandfather Amos Wilkinson.

Following his stint in the U.S. Army, John was a CAT operator on the family farm until his move to Eugene, Ore., where he worked for 16 years with Breeden Brother's Home Builders. He then returned to the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, where he worked off and on for area farmers. Upon his retirement, he continued to work, volunteering to clean and do handiwork. He was featured in the Boise Statesman for his work cleaning, and helping to keep the Veteran's Park in Boise clean of debris and garbage. He was very proud of his veteran's status and was always quick to talk of his fellow vets and time he spent as a veteran. Many of his sisters and brothers were veterans as well.

He married Iva Rebells Wilson April 8, 1949. They had four children together. They were later divorced.

He then met and married Bertha (Dolly) Johnson, of Eugene, Dec. 27, 1977. She died April 8, 1993, at Winchester. He stayed on at Winchester for several years before moving to McCall, Eagle, Idaho, and eventually Boise. Upon retirement he traveled with his daughter's family to area pow wows, fishing, camping and stickgame. He was very proud of his grandsons and granddaughters, who sang and danced in the traditional, and social, way.

He moved in with Jill McClerry, who became his caretaker in his later years. She cared and kept him company for approximately 16 years until his death May 8. He was very close to her and her family, daughter Jo Bodley and son Jeremy Denington. She lovingly referred to John as her "dad." He loved his animals, Love and Willow, his cats, Bojangles his dog, and his bird Taco.

He is survived by his two daughters, Jeannette Allen of Seattle and Cassandra Kipp of Lapwai; stepson, Charles William Axtell; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Clifford Allen Sr. and Mark Allen, both of Myrtle; and two sisters, Connie Claye of Myrtle, and Agnes Allen of Lewiston. He had many grandchildren from his stepdaughters, whom he considered his own and their families, whom he connected with over the years through his daughters.

He was preceded in death by his two stepdaughters, Patricia Higheagle and Nellie Axtell; his two sons, Byron Dean Allen and John David Allen Jr.; brothers, Mathias (Chick) Allen, Francis (Jeep) Allen, Phillip G. Allen, Cyrus (Stewart) Allen and Nelson Allen; sisters, Viola Allen Corbett, Elizabeth Allen, Elsie McKay, Delphine Emma Allen Rose, Dora George and Ramona Allen.

There was a memorial service for him Monday at the Pi Nee Waus Community Center in Lapwai. His funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. today at the same venue. Burial will follow at Spalding Cemetery with full military honors performed by the Lapwai Veterans of Foreign Wars. Charles W. Axtell will officiate.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Mark Joseph Allen (1890 - 1952)
  Irene W. Allen (1900 - 1967)
 
 Spouse:
  Iva R Wilson (1919 - 2010)
 
 Children:
  Byron Dean Allen (1949 - 1985)*
  John David Allen (1952 - 1985)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lapwai Mission Cemetery
Spalding
Nez Perce County
Idaho, USA
 
Created by: 307th Airborne Engineer ...
Record added: Feb 06, 2013
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John D Yatine Thlai Thlai Allen
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