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William Peter Allen described as “A Young Man of Integrity”

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Sep. 6, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
September 6, 2011 11:34 pm

Here’s an unedited copy of the story we will print tomorrow about Peter Allen, a 21-year-old man from Puyallup who died during a climbing accident Monday morning near Snoqualmie Pass. I also wanted to point out a blog post from a Seattle Church written about Allen earlier this year. A friend of mine who knew Allen forwarded it to me shortly after deadline tonight, but I thought it was worth sharing. Click here to read the post.

Tomorrow’s story:

A popular 21-year-old college athlete, biochemistery student and outdoor lover from Puyallup was identified Tuesday by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office as the hiker who took a fatal fall Monday near Snoqualmie Pass.

William Peter Allen was a University of Washington junior with a 3.30 grade-point average and a member of the Huskies’ crew team. He graduated from South Hill’s Emerald Ridge High School in 2009.

Allen was hiking with friends on Kaleetna Peak in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness north of Snoqualmie Pass on Monday morning when he slipped and fell about 100 feet. He suffered multiple traumatic injuries during the fall, according to the medical examiner’s office, and his body was airlifted off the mountain.

Kaleetna Peak is an intimidating 6,259-foot, canine tooth-shaped peak that requires scrambling over rocks and loose sand. There are multiple routes to the top but all are steep in areas heightening the possibility for stumbling during the descent. There was still snow on the peak as of Aug. 14 according to a trip report posted on the Washington Trails Association website.

Allen, who went by Peter, rowed for the UW as a freshman but took his sophomore year off to focus on his studies. He had planned to rejoin the team this season and is listed on the team’s roster.

“These are moments you dread as a coach,” crew coach Michael Callahan said Tuesday in a prepared statement. “Peter was a great teammate and an excellent student. He will be sorely missed. This is a tremendous loss to our rowing community and the university.”

Allen played linebacker and tight end at Emerald Ridge High and his former coach described him as “a great young man of integrity.”

“He was one of those rare kids,” said Vince Tarsi, the former Emerald Ridge coach. “He had a solid head on his shoulders and his integrity shined through.”

Tarsi said Allen was popular among his peers and respected by his teachers and coaches. Allen’s home became a popular hangout because the entire family was so liked, Tarsi said.

“He was a kid who didn’t care what other people thought about him,” Tarsi said. “He lived what he believed. … He was a cool kid.”

A memorial service for Allen will be held Saturday at South Hill’s Bethany Baptist Church.

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