Former Westminster Mayor Fred Allen dies

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Former Westminster Mayor Frederick “Fred” Leo Allen died March 16 at his home in Wheatridge.

He was 86.

Allen was born Oct. 31 1931 in Boston and served in the U.S. Navy during the Koren War and in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1951 to 1953 before attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he graduated in 1958.

Allen worked as an appraiser in the Real Estate industry at his firm Fred Allen Real Estate until retiring in 2011.

Allen was engaged in the local government for 26 years at the City of Westminster as a City Councilor until 1999, even serving a stint as mayor from 1981 to 1983. He was a board member of Colorado Municipal League and Adams County Mental Health Center, a committee member of Adams County Planning Commission and a member of Optimist International.

Fred loved international travel, dog walking, running events and political campaigning and canvassing. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents by parents Robert and Laura Allen; A brother, Robert J. Allen; and sister, Elizabeth Merchant.

He is survived by Susanne his beloved wife and partner in adventures for 38 years; loving children Kate (Bruce Watts), Bob, Fred, Leonard (Lisa Litzenberger), Patrick, Michael (Beth), Kevin (Jenny Anderson) and his first wife, their mother, Jane Healy; step sons Michael Gerlach (Denise), and Mark Gerlach (Michelle); his grandchildren Emily (Ross Kenney) and Melanie Willis, Benjamin and Natalie Allen, Makenna Allen, Melissa and Michael Gerlach, Ciara, Zachary, Tate and Trevor Gerlach; and great grandson Bruno Willis Kenney; a wide and loving circle of friends.

He also leaves behind his adored dog, Sally.

Donations in Fred’s name to American Cancer Society and Science Care are welcome and appreciated.

Friends and family can celebrate Fred’s life at the memorial service on Sunday, May 6 from 3- 6: p.m. at West View Recreation Center, 10747 W. 108th Avenue, Westminster.

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