David J. Allen, 70, Superior, passed away at his home on the river Jan. 26, 2019. Born Sept. 6, 1948, Webster, New York. Predeceased by parents, Robert H. and Margaret Allen, brother, Robert K. Allen. Survived by his wife, Jan; son Alex (Dayna) Allen and their daughters, Trinci and Allurah, of Bozeman; daughter Emily Allen of Whitefish; brother Bill Allen of Lyons, New York; sister Mary Beth Allen and sister-in-law Evalyn Allen of Webster, New York.
Throughout high school and college, Dave was a champion diver setting many records. Sept. 3, 1976, he married Janet M. Brockway. The couple moved to Kalispell, where Dave was a swim coach; leading his team to win a number of state championships. He continued his love for coaching with swimmers at UM, high school and community teams in Bozeman and Cody, Wyoming. In 1989, he started his teaching career at Billings Public Schools. Dave felt very fortunate to be an educator for all age groups.
Dave had a great love for fly fishing and guiding on rivers and streams in the west. Fly tying became a passion, and he created many flies while dreaming of catching ‘the big trout.’
Some of the best memories were made with family and friends while floating his favorite rivers and telling tall tales around the campfires.
Dave will forever remind us of his heart; full of strength, optimism, and love. ‘Life is good in Montana.’
A celebration of Dave’s life will take place in summer 2019.