Dr. Allen Martin Hunter II

July 21, 1945June 22, 2021
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Dr. Allen Martin Hunter II, age 75, of San Diego died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Allen was born July 21, 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee.

A funeral service for Allen will be held Saturday, July 31, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at El Camino Memorial - Sorrento Valley, 5600 Carroll Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA 92121, followed by a reception from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

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  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, July 31, 2021


  • Reception

    Saturday, July 31, 2021


Dr. Allen Martin Hunter II

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Ben Wheeler

August 19, 2021

Al hired me at Trex in 2005, and I had the privilege of working with him for a couple of years. He was a fantastic mentor, and in addition to being a great scientist, he was also a wonderful person—always kind, optimistic, and genuinely interested in the people around him and their well-being. We reconnected recently and have had great fun trading Mathematica notebooks. His enthusiasm for interesting problems was undiminished and as infectious as always. Even after all these years I can still see the familiar twinkle in his eyes that contemplating some puzzle brought him. Hard to believe he is gone, I’ll miss him.

Richard Holmes

August 14, 2021

To so many, Al Hunter was a friend, an honorable man, and a person willing to sacrifice to do what is right. I recall having dinners with Al and Janet while in Socorro while working on GLINT. I recall times 15 years earlier when I worked at Western Research. I cannot recall having a negative interaction with Al. My thoughts and prayers are with Janet and Allen III. I know
that Al has gone to better place (even better than San Diego).

Best wishes always,

Rich Holmes

Robert Lundy

August 10, 2021

I am fortunate to have know Allen for the past year, met him in conference and zoom call while working for Innoven Energy. He was drafting a project description for Innoven's novel breakthrough fusion program. Besides being intelligent and highly skilled, he was warm, friendly with broad interests. I learned of his intense passion for fitness, extreme hiking and mountain biking. He shared with me some of his recipes for brew making, employing a complex array of grains; they exhibited the complexity that you'd expect from a laser physicist. Along the way, we learned that we grew up 30 miles apart in small western Kansas towns. He graduated from the Air Force Academy and I graduated from West Point. Along the way, I learned mostly through others about Allen's remarkable career and accomplishments. I so looked forward to spending time with Allen in person post Covid 19, and growing our friendship. It's hard to believe he is gone.
Allen was an exceptional person and a great American.

Paul Johnson

July 31, 2021

Al had a great impact on many lives, including mine.
From hiring and working, to hiking, he always set a good example.
A good friend and mentor.
He is missed dearly.

Susan Abernethy

July 30, 2021

I met Al when I first came to Western Research in 1985. Despite being brilliant and one of our top scientists, he was always easy to be around and kind, and he had a terrific sense of humor. I knew I could always approach him for advice on a problem.

I have lots of great memories of Al, and kept a warm spot in my thoughts after he left our company. Coworkers and friends who remained in touch shared what Al was up to, and we were all devastated to learn of his passing.

Al Hunter will not be forgotten by me, and I pray for comfort for his family and all of us, his friends.

Gary Sullivan

July 29, 2021

It was a great pleasure to work for Allen at Los Alamos Natl. Lab on the KrF laser during the 1980's. He was always available for advice and support, which even included dinner at his home graciously provided by Janet. His support of my work including written recommendations made my career at LANL possible.

Frank Stiene

July 27, 2021

Noriko and I first met Al and Janet in Maui, Wailea, Pualani Estates, where we resided in our castle in 2000. Al and Janet would take evening walks and at our Lanai would strike up a conversation before they continued on the way to see how their castle, then under construction, was coming along. It wasn’t long after that the four of us started meeting and enjoying lunch together in Maui on a pretty much regular basis. They introduced us to San Diego. The lunches didn’t stop in 2005 when we relocated to San Marcos or in 2012 when we moved to Irvine, California. We took turns driving to each other’s neighborhood to enjoy lunch together.

Noriko and I can only confirm what others have said and experienced with Al. Al was thoughtful, knowledgeable, helpful, low key, modest, sincere, and most of all a true friend ready to assist in every way he possibly could. On any particular subject you didn’t just receive the headline and obvious information but rather a detailed and precise insight into the subject being pursued. Al had no need or desire to impress on you that he had a doctor title. You knew he was a special human being and a true friend. We miss our lunches together and most of all we miss Al. Our sympathy and prayers are with wife Janet, his son Allen and sister Diane.

Paula Gibson

July 22, 2021

Sending my condolences to Allen’s family. Although I never met him, his sister Diane has been a friend of mine; though her I have heard a lot about Allen and his caring attitude towards his sister. He will be missed!

Candy Macy

July 14, 2021

I had great pleasure working with Allen this last year while helping him with the care of his sister, Diane, who is my best friend for over fifty years! We communicated back and forth daily by email,text or phone calls. I shared old pictures of her over the years as well as many pictures from my garden flowers which he seemed to enjoy. He shared some of his projects with me which were always above my scope.
He was here to facilitate Diane's move and my son finally got to meet him. We had an enjoyable dinner together at a restaurant in Overland Park and he and Chris seemed to enjoy each other's company and interests.
We called Allen earlier in the day on that awful Tuesday so he and Diane could talk; he was very specific we call before 11am as he was going on a bike ride with a friend.
It is just unbelievable that he is gone. Not a day goes by that I think of something I would want to ask him. He is missed by my son and me. Rest in Peace Allen. My deepest regards for Janet and Allen III.
Candy Macy
Chris Macy

Skylar Bird

July 8, 2021

Allen came into my life when I needed a guardian angel. Allen and Janet took me into their home one summer while I attended summer school and showed me nothing but love and compassion. I quickly found Allen would become one of my greatest confidants, mentors, and family members. He exuded joy for life and this attitude that made you want to be better. Never will I ever encounter someone who worked so hard with such passion. There isn't a day that I don't miss him, but I am so grateful to have met him. He showed me and many others how to be a proper friend, coworker, father, husband, scientist, and overall human. Love you Allen! I know you are running a tight ship up there in Heaven.