Retired Seattle Police Officers Association

Last Ring

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Harold C. Allen, #1643, retired Seattle Police Patrolman passed away at home on April 14, 2014. He was 87 years old.

Harold was born in Portland, Oregon. His family moved to Seattle and he graduated from Ballard High. He went into the US Army during the closing months of WWII. Fourteen months after the surrender of Japan, he was honorably discharged in late 1946. Upon returning to Seattle, Harold got a job selling furniture. But after a few years he got bored, even though he was quite good at selling. So he joined the King County sheriff’s Office in 1953, working his first year in the jail. Then he became a road deputy. On July 25, 1955, he switched to the Seattle Police Department because he was married with two growing children, so needed a higher paying agency. A good move, because over the years he was blessed with four more children. Harold worked the Wallingford Precinct in the North End for many years. Then he transferred to Traffic, under Larry Watson #1262, working three-wheelers. When the officers were phased out of Parking Enforcement, Harold went back to Patrol in Georgetown. Harold was follically challenged. One day he bought an econ model toupee and came to work. His fellow officers could not contain themselves and started to snicker. Harold could not control his embarrassment, so he hit the table with his fist and his wig fell off. He worked his way into the Crime Analysis Detail for the South Precinct where he finished his career on September 7, 1979 after 24 years and 2 months of service.

But Harold did not quit working. He continued to work his old off-duty job in uniform at the Broadway QFC for years for Don Hilliard #3182. During this time, Helen and Harold moved to Tacoma. The new home has a large yard that he loved to putter in the beds and the lawn.

Harold is survived by his wife of 57 years, Helen; five adult children, Dan, Valerie, Chris, Jerry, Lenny and Eileen; thirteen grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildre