Paul Franklin Allen, 82, a golf course pro for many years, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at his home in Billings.
He was born in Joplin, Mo., on May 6, 1929, to Silas and Hazel Allen. The family soon moved to Giant, Calif., and settled near Richmond Golf Course, where he began working as a caddy at age 10 under Pat Markovitch and, by age 13, was working behind the pro shop counter. He married Bunny (Lila) in 1950 in Reno, Nev.
Mr. Allen was drafted into the Army and served two years in the Korean War. Upon his return, he became the assistant golf and teaching pro at Richmond Country Club. From there, his career took him to Las Vegas, where he worked at the Desert Inn Country Club for Howard Capps, who became one of his mentors. During the birth of his daughter, Paula, he was giving a lesson to Jack Benny, who gave him a dozen roses.
Archie Cochrane of Billings was vacationing in Las Vegas when he met Mr. Allen and recommended him for the head pro position at Highlands Golf Club. In 1955, he became head pro at Hilands golf course. Two years later, he took the head pro position at the newly built Yellowstone Country Club. He retired in 2004.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Ron Allen; daughters, Paula Dillon and Pam Allen; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Faith Chapel. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF – Colorado Chapter, 400 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 840, Denver, CO 80246).