H. Brett Allen
H. Brett Allen, 64, of Yuma, AZ, and Santa Fe, NM, husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at home in Yuma AZ. Brett was born May 5, 1948, in Wichita, KS. He spent his childhood in Hays, KS, where he graduated from Hays High School in 1966. He attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins CO, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Robert E. Lee submarine and the USS Flying Fish submarine. After his service, in 1971, he began his long career as a furniture retailer as an owner in Rick’s Furniture, Fossil Creek Galleries and La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in Fort Collins CO, until he retired in 2002. He and his wife, Sue, were wintered and lived in Yuma for 10 years. He also was a realtor at La Quinta and Barkley Ranch for Kammann Development and a realtor at The Palms RV Resort.
Brett proudly raised three wonderful children: Bartt (Jessica), Loveland, CO; Courtney (Melissa), Denver, CO; Travis, Denver, CO, with his first wife Donna. Brett married his high school sweetheart, Sue Leary, in 1992. They both indulged Brett’s adventurous spirit by raising horses and cattle on their ranch in Mead, CO. Brett roped and showed horses, was a creative photographer, avid fisherman, frustrated golfer, voracious reader, uncontested debater, was a chef in his own right and a barbecue master. Sue and Brett were full-time RVer’s for 15 years, making their mark while adding a slew of friends across the U.S. He was a proud member of the (HOG)Harley-Davidson Owners Club, a card carrying member of the NRA, a staunch conservative political junkie and threw legendary parties. Brett was a lover of fine wines and food, art, old classic movies and the wide-open spaces. Brett also was known for his quick wit. He definitely made his mark in this world.
He is survived by his precious and devoted wife, Sue; his sister Linda (Ken) Nelson; his children; grandchildren, Jace and Noah; his adoring sisters-in-law; many loving nieces and nephews; and doting “therapy” dogs Nacho and Chili.
A true man’s man, Brett will be waiting with God in Heaven for us all.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Hospice of Yuma, your local Hospice or American Cancer Society.
A memorial service will be at First United Methodist Church, 1005 Stover, Fort Collins, CO, on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at 10 a.m.