Information for Ernest Ray Allen
24 August, 1908
– 10 November, 1995
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
12 November, 1995
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo
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Ernest Ray Allen, 87,
died at his home on Friday, November 10, 1995. Funeral
services will be held 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13, 1995, at
Southside Boulevard United Methodist Church, 5420 Southside
Boulevard, Nampa, Idaho 83686. Arrangements are under
the direction of Alsip Funeral Chapel. Pastor Dan
Wilson-Fey will officiate. Burial will follow in
Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
Ernest was born on August 24, 1908 to Howard and Emma
Allen, who came top Nampa in 1901, moving to the Franklin
community, north of Nampa where they farmed on the Boise
River. Ernest grew up on the farm and began farming with
his twin brother, Irvin, his father and older brothers.
He attended Franklin school and graduated from Nampa High
School in 1927. In 1929, Ernest moved with his family to
a newly purchased farm in the Deer Flat area, sough of Nampa.
Ernest and his twin continued farming together until Irvin's
death in 1952. Ernest farmed until his retirement.
With the 1929 move, the Allen family joined the
Southside Boulevard United Methodist Church. Ernest took
an active part in the church from his very first Sunday, when
he and his twin brother sang a duet. From that time on,
Southside Methodist Church was a large part of his life.
Ernest was a beloved member and an active participant in every
activity of the congregation from that first Sunday in 1929
until the day of this death.
Ernest was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge,
past president of the Countrymens Club, a member of the board
of both Samaritan Hospital and Mercy Hospital, a member of the
school board of Sunny Ridge School, the Canyon County School
District, and served for seven years as a school board member
of the Nampa School District. He was on the Salvation
Army Board for many years. As a State Representative
from Canyon County, Ernest served in the Idaho Legislature for
18 years. He was on the House Education Committee for
all of those 18 years and committee chairman for his last two
terms. He was one of the leaders in the battle in the
sixties for public kindergartens. He sponsored the first
bill to provide state funding for special education. As
described by The Idaho Statesman in naming him a
Distinguished Citizen, "Idaho's schoolchildren rarely have had
a better friend than Ernest Allen."
Ernest Allen was a joyous person. He loved life
and invited those around him to join in his joy.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruth; two
daughters, Shirley Carlson of Portland Oregon, and Mary and
Armand Stephens of Fremont, California; a son and
daughter-in-law, Franklin and Nadine Allen of Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada; and six grandchildren; Tonia and
Andrea Allen of Vancouver, Erik Allen of Cabot, Vermont, Myron
Stephens of Roseville, California, Annette Carlson of Napa,
California and Brent Carlson of Portland, Oregon.
Memorials may be made to Southside Boulevard United
Methodist Church, 5420 Southside Boulevard, Nampa, Idaho
Friends may call at Alsip Funeral Chapel on Sunday from
noon until 9 p.m. and on Monday from 9 a.m. until noon.