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Hi I'm Roy Allen

I’m a Purdue University graduate, retired U.S. Navy Commander, Civil Engineer Corps, retired County Engineer, and I’m a Mormon!

About Me

I was a child of the Great Depression, born in 1931 in Indianapolis, Indiana to loving parents. I was the youngest and most pampered of five children. I graduated Arsenal Technical High School in the top 7%, allowing me to work in construction to pay my way through Purdue University, where I earned a BS degree in Civil Engineering. I entered the Navy through the officer candidate program and had a 22.5 year career culminating as the Director of Public Works and Resident Office in charge of construction for Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. During my naval career I was stationed abroad in the Philippines, Japan, Thailand, and deployed to Vietnam. I also had tours of duty in Alaska, South Carolina, Northwest Washington, and Connecticut, where I met & married Sally Ann, my true love. We’ve been married since 1957 and have five children, 22 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. I’ve always been an outdoorsman. I’ve hunted tigers in India and Thailand, sheep, bear, goats, elk, and moose in Alaska, and wild boar in the Philippines. I’m an avid fisherman and mountain hiker. Also, I was captain of the Navy Rifle and Pistol Teams in the Pacific. And I was published in the first issue of American Hunter magazine. After retirement from the Navy, I refused to be retired. I worked for the Island County Public Works Department in WA State for 25 years, where I served as County Engineer and Director of Public Works.

Why I am a Mormon

I was first exposed to Mormons in 1954. Seven of them were in my Mobile Construction Battalion 2 (MCB 2) -Detachment of 55 Seabees building military houses on Sangley Point Naval station, Philippines. They were all non-smokers, non-drinkers, hard and skilled workers. Their only request of me was to billet them separately from the other crew members who drank, smoked, and had rowdy behavior when coming in late at midnight disrupting their sleep. I granted their request. They made no attempt to convert me. My second exposure was my family. My wife and three oldest children had become members of the Church on 3 July 1971 while I was in Vietnam. My Children made attempts to have me converted. Our two daughters were very beautiful and I thought the young missionaries were using me as an excuse just to be closer to them. I read the Book of Mormon and several LDS History books, and was taught by LDS Missionaries. I was stubborn and cherished my weekends to go hunting, fishing and on mountain hikes. My heart began to soften as I noticed the LDS emphasis on the family and all the wonderful activities the Church provided for my children. I have always believed in God and Jesus Christ and strived to live the Ten Commandments, but I felt no need to join any particular Church. But when I became aware that families could be sealed together for eternity I was finally baptized on 16 Jan 1999 at the age of 68 and sealed to my parents on 16 Jan 2001 in the Seattle Temple. My wife, Sally Ann, and I, along with our five married adult children were also sealed together as a family in the Seattle Temple on 16 Dec 2005.

How I live my faith

Since the time I was converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and baptized a member of the Church in January 1999, I was immediately moved by the Spirit to share my testimony with others. I was so overjoyed with the witness I had received and the testimony I now held, I desired to share it with everyone. I began proselyting with our congregational missionaries regularly and bearing my testimony to others at every opportunity. I shared my testimony with family and friends by letter, supported my grandchildren on their missions to Puerto Rico, South Africa, and Salt Lake City, and even had the privilege of helping convert two of my adult nephews and a special friend, a retired Commander in the USN Dental Corps and eventually baptizing them into the Church. Since my baptism, I have been blessed to give away over 150 copies of the Book of Mormon to friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers. I'm always excited to see who sits next to me on an airplane. Being a member missionary gives me such great joy. Over the years, I have also found a second love to accompany missionary work - family history and temple work. I presently serve as an ordinance worker in the Seattle Temple. One of my major assignments in the temple includes coordinating work in the baptistery. I enjoy spending many hours each week searching out my ancestors on both my mother and father's sides of the family. Then I take their names to the temple where I have been blessed to perform their ordinance work for their eternal salvation. Finally, I strive to live my faith by serving others. I am blessed to help coordinate and administer the sacrament to those in our congregation who are unable to attend Church services due to illness, age, or handicaps.