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Pierce County civic and real estate industry leader Harold Allen Jr. dies

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:35 am |
October 9, 2012 11:41 am

Harold Allen Jr., a dedicated civic and real estate industry leader in Pierce County for six decades, has died at his Lakewood home.

Allen, 85, passed away Saturday.
Harold Allen Jr.
Harold Allen Jr.

The retired head of Pierce County’s oldest family-owned real estate firm, Harold Allen Company Realtors, Allen served a broad variety of community causes and held real estate industry leadership positions on the local, state and national level.

Among his numerous credits, Allen served two terms as president of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. He was a director of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, of Lakewold Gardens and Charles Wright Academy.

Allen was appointed the state’s youngest real estate commissioner at 28. He headed the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of Realtors twice and was president of the Washington Association of Realtors once.

On the national level, Allen was a two-term director of the National Association of Realtors.

Allen graduated from Taft School in Watertown, Conn., and attended Stanford University. He served in the Navy during the Second World War.

At 21, Allen took over the family real estate firm after his father’s untimely death. As head of that firm, Allen was a pioneer in the development of the Lakewood community and its Oakbrook development.

The realtor is survived by four children, a brother and a sister, eight grandchildren and longtime companion Margaret Johnson.

Allen’s two wives, Mary Jane Allen and Kaye Highsmith Allen, died before him.

More details of Allen’s life and services are available on The News Tribune’s obituary page,
www.legacy.com/tribnet

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