Clyde Quintin Allen of San Jose,Ca.
May 24th,1920 to January 30th, 2017
Clyde Allen passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose at the age of 96.
Clyde had a long, full life and had many stories to tell to just about anyone who would take the time to listen.
He was a long time resident in the area. He was known by many people in the local community and outside the Bay Area as well.
Clyde was born in Modesto, Ca. and was famous for saying that he arrived before the doctor did!
In the 1930's his family moved to Campbell, Ca. and lived in a home on Central Avenue.
He graduated from Campbell High School and went in to the US Army Air Corp. during World War II as a co-pilot of B17 and B29 bomber planes in the Pacific Theater.
After the war he went back to school to earn his degree in Aeronautics. Clyde married Dorothy Barlow in 1946 and they purchased a home in San Jose in 1955. They were among the first people to move to the area and most of the surrounding property was orchard at that time. In 1962, they welcomed their son, Stephen and they stayed in that location the rest of their lives. Dorothy passed away in 1998 at the age of 80 years old.
Clyde worked for NASA at Ames Research Center in Mt. View as an Aeronautical Engineer until he retired after about 35 years. They couldn't keep him away though and he returned as a contractor until he retired for good in 1990. He worked on many important projects there such as the Space Shuttle and other space vehicles as well as some of the most modern fighter jets of the time.
Once retired, Clyde kept busy by tinkering and repairing things in his garage and volunteered with a program that picked up excess food from various supermarkets and delivered it to homeless shelters to feed the needy. He always said that here in the Santa Clara Valley, no one should have to go hungry and he helped to make that a reality for many people. He also participated in the Sons in Retirement group. He served as their treasurer for many years and was also active in the First United Methodist Church of Campbell. He was one of the first members of their congregation and was always willing to help out there when needed.
Clyde Allen is survived by his son, Stephen along with Stephen's wife Sheri and Clyde's grandson Benjamin of Campbell.
He is also survived by his brother Loren, of Santa Barbara and his sister Mae, of Rio Del Mar.
He will be missed, but we take comfort and pride in the ways Clyde touched the lives of many people during his long life.
We wish him peace. He left us with many good examples to follow.
Clyde is now next to Dorothy at Los Gatos Memorial Park in San Jose and they can be together again in Heaven.
A Memorial Service is to be held at his church on Friday, February 24th at 1:00pm
First United Methodist Church of Campbell - 1675 Winchester Blvd, Campbell, CA 95008