John Jay Allen

July 4, 1981October 18, 2020
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John Jay Allen passed away on October 18, 2020 in Loveland, Colorado at the age of 39.

John was born in Greeley, Colorado to Garth and Maggie Allen on the Fourth of July, 1981. Consequently, every year there was a parade and fireworks in his honor. He graduated high school from University High School and attended the University of Northern Colorado.

John was a lifelong sports lover, who enjoyed cheering for the Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rockies and UNC Bears; and also coaching kids’ baseball—teaching them not only fundamental skills but a true love for the game. He loved fishing, golfing, a good game of cards, and cherished his time with buddies, family, and his favorite four-legged friend Cooper.

He is survived by his wife Heather (Patterson) Allen; mother, Maggie Allen; brother, Garth Tom (Jessica) Allen and sister, Amanda (Mike) Cook; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Rick and Sandy Patterson; sister-in-law, Christiana (Markus) Malessa; nieces and nephews, Perry and Jack Cook and Sebastian and Savannah Malessa. John was preceded in death by his father, Garth Allen. John was friendly, fun, and always up for a good time and a good joke. The smile on his face and laughter in his voice will forever be missed.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 4:30 pm at Allnutt Funeral Service, Macy Chapel, 6521 West 20th Street, Greeley, CO 80634. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings, there is limited capacity so the service may also be viewed via livestream. Memorial contributions can be made to either Friends of Baseball or A Woman’s Place (where John’s wife Heather serves on the board), both in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, Macy Chapel, 6521 W. 20th Street, Greeley, CO 80634.


  • Heather Allen, Wife
  • Maggie Allen, Mother
  • Garth Tom Allen (Jessica), Brother
  • Amanda Cook (Mike), Sister
  • Rick Patterson, Father-in-law
  • Sandy Patterson, Mother-in-law
  • Christiana Malessa (Markus), Sister-in-law
  • nieces and nephews, Perry and Jack Cook and Sebastian and Savannah Malessa.

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  • Friends of Baseball
  • A Woman's Place


  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, October 23, 2020


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sally hamilton

October 31, 2020

I first met John when he was four years old. He was graduating from preschool and heading to kindergarten. Dressed in his farmer bib overalls, he was having fun, running and laughing, with a huge smile on his face! I was happy to find out that John would be attending Cameron Elementary, one of the schools I worked in.
John had such a "can do" attitude and he worked so hard in school. Through John I got to know Maggie and Garth and quickly came to understand that his positive attitude came from them! Their love and support for him gave him the confidence he exuded at that time, and followed him into adulthood. I was privileged to watch John grow up, and my life was enriched by having known him. This little blond headed boy in his bib overalls grew into a caring, loving adult who made the world a better place.
I have no doubt that John will be leading the 4th of July parade from Heaven each year-smiling and laughing and running and sharing his love!
Forever in my heart!

Linda Sievers

October 27, 2020

I had the honor and privilege of being John’s Godmother and aunt. Even as a little boy his smile, laughter, and zest for life brought sunshine to those around him. His kind and caring heart will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.
One special visit to our Mississippi River home is dear to my heart. John and his dad went for a Jet Ski ride, but when they returned both were dripping wet and wearing huge smiles. Many laughs and smiles were enjoyed over that ride.
John positively touched the lives of many while encountering many challenges in life, but that never stopped his kindness, thoughtfulness, and love for his family and friends.

Rest In Peace my sweet John.
Love you always,
Aunt Linda

Kharen Spence

October 26, 2020

Attachment provided by Tom Smith:
"I'm John Allen's godfather. I shared these memory remarks at his memorial on Friday." ~Tom Smith

Rick Patterson

October 25, 2020

"And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love you make" - Lennon / McCartney

John, on the day you asked for my daughters hand in marriage, you said that you will make her happy and show her love.

You did just that, every day, every moment. To see how both of you complimented each other was proof of your words.

To say good bye is harder than I can imagine. Besides bringing life and love to Heather, you filled my life with laughter and showed me wonderment.

I thank you for being part of our family.

You are missed by your Mother, your wife, your sister, your brother and all who knew you.

Anne Farr

October 24, 2020

It was way too soon to lose such a fun loving young man who always made his many friends and family smile. I will miss him sitting behind me at basketball games where he knew the answers to any questions I had about the calls, players or scores of games. My thoughts are with Maggie, Amanda, Tom, Heather and the entire family at this sad time.

Karen Hertz

October 24, 2020

John Dill,

I met your sister in the first weeks of college. She was bright, brilliant and beautiful. We became fast friends and she is still one of the most important people in my life. It may have been the brewskis in college but I don't recall the day you and I met (Richard probably does because she doesn't forget anything). Your family and extended family took me in as one of their crazy own and I love every second with all of you.

To know you, John, is to love you. You were like a little bro and we always had a good chuckle. When Amanda asked me to be in her wedding, my immediate response was, "Only if I'm walking down the aisle with Dill". So we did. What a fun day. Many fun and crazy memories followed.

I am always humbled thinking about how very lucky you were to have Garth, Mags, Mandy and Tom. Any other family may have handled your challenges differently. But not them. Not you. They always treated you with respect, encouraged you to do and be your best and loved you unconditionally. In turn, you thrived. You overcame challenges and taught all of us what life is all about.

I've had the pleasure of watching your life unfold, falling in love and marrying Heather. I would ask about you frequently but never see you enough.

The world feels less funny without you and Garth here. Thank you both for the awesome memories, laughs and lessons. I hope you two are together having a brew, playing some pitch (try adding the jokers and the jick, dude) and setting some hooks. You are missed more than you will ever know.

Mags, Amanda, Tom, Heather and family, I am so sorry and love you all so very much.


Tina Lenhardt

October 23, 2020

Well, not sure where to start, but looking back over many years, I’d like to start by saying, as a mother, I want to tell your mom❤️🙏 and family I’m so sorry for your loss, and also so grateful my son, Brent was so blessed for so many years to have had (And still will from heaven) such a best friend. John made me laugh n laugh, and his personality was infectious. I was so happy to see John at my sons wedding last November, and to meet his beautiful, sweet wife. There are some people in this world who make you just h a p p y inside, and John was one in a million special like that. May God grace your hearts, and we are all here for you. Love, Tina Lenhardt p.s.... you always hit a home run in our book, n will continue to do so, forever

Jeff Stone

October 23, 2020

Thank you John for many great Dugout laughs. Life seemed simpler then and the games outcomes less important for sure.

Tim Jares

October 23, 2020

I surely remember John's almost perpetual wry smile. He'd have it at the friends of baseball breakfast, at a UNC basketball game, or when he had a lousy poker hand (even if he thought it was good...)! He never ceased to bring a smile to my face as well. My heart hurts for all of you and all of those than John has touched. Please know we are always there for you.

Tim and Jayne Jares

Anne St.Clair

October 23, 2020

“Busy workin,” was Joe Gerardi’s response to you, Maggie, when you took Ian and I to a Rockies game with you and John. You had asked for his autograph because you had seats behind the Rockies dugout and the game was getting ready to start. I’ll always have this memory of our two young boys, born just 2 weeks apart, and this fun summer night in CO. I’m sending all the love and prayers and strength I can from across the miles. God bless you and your family.


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