Darrell Gene Allen, 73, of Gold Beach, Oregon, passed away in Medford, Oregon on December 26, 2019, from complications after back surgery.
Darrell was born July 10, 1946, in Crescent City, California, but was a resident of Curry County, Oregon his entire life, residing in the Gold Beach area since 1947. He attended Ophir Grade School and Gold Beach High School where he graduated in 1964. In 1965 he married Sally Stewart.
Darrell worked in the logging industry for 22 years; for Curry County for 10 years; and most recently as a salmon fishing guide on the Rogue River for 22 years. He retired from guiding in January, 2019. He was always an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed all aspects of the outdoors including playing golf at every opportunity. He played catcher on the Gold Beach High’s first ever league championship team, the 1964 Panthers baseball team. He was a devoted Gold Beach High sports fan, and attended games regularly.
Darrell cared about his community, and committed time to various organizations. He served on the Ophir Water Board and helped to establish the Water District; served a term on Gold Beach City Council; coached Little League Baseball teams several years; and served on the Cedar Bend Golf Course Board of Directors.
Darrell is survived by Sally, his wife of 54 years; his daughter and son-in-law, Kim and T.R. Tuttle; his son, Jim Allen; four grandchildren, Derek Tuttle, Kaylee Tuttle, Toah Allen, and Zona Allen; and two brothers, Dennis Allen and Jerry Allen.
A memorial service will be held on January 18, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Gold Beach. Family suggests contributions to Gold Beach High School sports programs in lieu of flowers.