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 Francis F “Fran/Franny” Allen

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Francis F “Fran/Franny” Allen

Birth
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Death
18 Sep 2015 (aged 92)
Lakeview, Lake County, Oregon, USA
Burial
Burial Details Unknown, Specifically: buried at the Open A Ranch, OR
Memorial ID
153080735 View Source

Francis (Fran, Franny) F. Allen died September 18, 2015 at his home at the Open A Ranch, Lakeview, Oregon. Fran was born Dec. 29, 1922 at Oakland, CA, the youngest of 3 children born to Francis F. & Clara ( Dooley) Allen.

He graduated from the U. of CA, Berkeley in 1943. He attended midshipman's school at the U. of Notre Dame & was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. He retired from the navy as a captain in 1968, after 7 1/2 years active duty & serving in the reserves.

He commanded a LCT at Normandy Red Beach on D-Day. He was also on active duty during the Korean Conflict.

He proudly displayed his framed battle flag & banner from his LCT over his desk at the ranch house.

After his WWII service, he returned to Cal & received his MBA. In San Francisco, he founded the advertising firm which became Allen & Dorward. The firm was founded with agricultural clients & became the largest independent agency in the west. He also founded & ran a manufacturing company, Bermuda Research Corp.

In 1969 Fran purchased the Mendell Ranch N. of Lakeview, OR. In 1970, he hired Jack Damuth. They became partners in Open A Herefords for 25 years. Jack's son Matt, now runs the Open A Ranch. Matt's son, Cord, was hired in 2014 to work with his dad.

Fran sold his ad agency in 1978 & moved to Lakeview to pursue his ranching dream.

Fran enjoyed backpacking with his 4 daughters in the high Sierras, hunting with his Brittany Spaniels, fly fishing around the world, skiing & travelling to places like Australia, New Zealand, India, Nepal, China & Europe. For thirty years he was a part time resident of Borrego Springs, CA.

Survivors include his wife, Gail, 3 daughters, Sally Allen, Nancy Allen (Marc Landry) & Lucy Allen (Rob Hellquist); 5 grandchildren Chris (Jessica) McConnico, Will McConnico, Sarah McConnico, Lauren Morse & Courtney Morse along with 2 great grandchildren, Gavin & Savannah McConnico.

He was preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Janice McConnico along with his brother & sister.

A family burial will be held at the ranch at a later date.

Donations in Fran's memory may be made to the Lake County Library Endowment Fund PO Box 44, Lakeview, OR 97630 or to the Borrego Springs Boys & Girls Club, P.O. Box 1051, Borrego Springs, CA 92004.

Ousley Osterman Huffstutter Funeral Chapel has charge of the arrangements.

Published in Borrego Sun.

Francis (Fran, Franny) F. Allen died September 18, 2015 at his home at the Open A Ranch, Lakeview, Oregon. Fran was born Dec. 29, 1922 at Oakland, CA, the youngest of 3 children born to Francis F. & Clara ( Dooley) Allen.

He graduated from the U. of CA, Berkeley in 1943. He attended midshipman's school at the U. of Notre Dame & was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. He retired from the navy as a captain in 1968, after 7 1/2 years active duty & serving in the reserves.

He commanded a LCT at Normandy Red Beach on D-Day. He was also on active duty during the Korean Conflict.

He proudly displayed his framed battle flag & banner from his LCT over his desk at the ranch house.

After his WWII service, he returned to Cal & received his MBA. In San Francisco, he founded the advertising firm which became Allen & Dorward. The firm was founded with agricultural clients & became the largest independent agency in the west. He also founded & ran a manufacturing company, Bermuda Research Corp.

In 1969 Fran purchased the Mendell Ranch N. of Lakeview, OR. In 1970, he hired Jack Damuth. They became partners in Open A Herefords for 25 years. Jack's son Matt, now runs the Open A Ranch. Matt's son, Cord, was hired in 2014 to work with his dad.

Fran sold his ad agency in 1978 & moved to Lakeview to pursue his ranching dream.

Fran enjoyed backpacking with his 4 daughters in the high Sierras, hunting with his Brittany Spaniels, fly fishing around the world, skiing & travelling to places like Australia, New Zealand, India, Nepal, China & Europe. For thirty years he was a part time resident of Borrego Springs, CA.

Survivors include his wife, Gail, 3 daughters, Sally Allen, Nancy Allen (Marc Landry) & Lucy Allen (Rob Hellquist); 5 grandchildren Chris (Jessica) McConnico, Will McConnico, Sarah McConnico, Lauren Morse & Courtney Morse along with 2 great grandchildren, Gavin & Savannah McConnico.

He was preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Janice McConnico along with his brother & sister.

A family burial will be held at the ranch at a later date.

Donations in Fran's memory may be made to the Lake County Library Endowment Fund PO Box 44, Lakeview, OR 97630 or to the Borrego Springs Boys & Girls Club, P.O. Box 1051, Borrego Springs, CA 92004.

Ousley Osterman Huffstutter Funeral Chapel has charge of the arrangements.

Published in Borrego Sun.


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  • Created by: Pat McArron
  • Added: 30 Sep 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 153080735
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/153080735/francis-f-allen: accessed ), memorial page for Francis F “Fran/Franny” Allen (29 Dec 1922–18 Sep 2015), Find a Grave Memorial ID 153080735, ; Maintained by Pat McArron (contributor 47348594)Burial Details Unknown, who reports a buried at the Open A Ranch, OR.