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James H. Allen

04/19/1938 - 02/14/2024

Sometimes great love transcends this life.We are heartbroken to announce that our father, James H. Allen, age 85, reunited with his beloved wife of 65 years, Joy, in heaven on Valentines Day, 2/14/2024, only 6 weeks after she passed. He is missed and loved by the legacy of his family, including his six children Donna Boxerman, Diane Ware, Janice Wagner, Michael Allen, Karl Allen and Rebecca Swann, 15 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. 

Jim grew up in Odessa, TX and proudly served 4 years in the Marines after high school. He went on to get his BA and Masters at ASU. He is best remembered in Mesa as the first detective of the Mesa Police force, retiring as Major after 23 years. Family was very important to Jim, and even though he could seem tough on the outside, those fortunate to know him well knew he had the most generous heart, and always made sure everyone around him was taken care of. He had a passion for raising chickens and cock fighting, as well as hunting, fishing, piloting, traveling the world with his wife Joy, sports, and going to his home in Rocky Point with family. 

Jim lived by the marine motto of the 7 P’s, an adage for life that he passed on to his family with his legacy. His funeral and Celebration of Life will be a private ceremony. 


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