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1455 N. Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: 626-798-8941
Fax: 626-798-0195
James Allen

James C. Allen

Friday, August 28th, 1959 - Tuesday, December 18th, 2018
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James was born on August 28, 1959 in Pasadena, California to Thomas Allen and Elnora Allen. He was raised in a loving family with nine brothers and sisters. James attended John Muir High School from 1973 to 1977 and was proud to be a Mustang. While attending Muir, he played JV and Varsity football where he led the Mustangs to win their first Turkey Tussle in 10 years against their rivals, Pasadena High School. Little did James know that as a 16-year old sophomore, he would meet his best friend and love of his life, Donna Jean. James and Donna married on November 21, 1982 and have been inseparable ever since. They had three children who they love dearly– Jessie Kenneth Allen, Elnora Antoinette Allen and Jason Curtis Allen.

After graduating high school, James joined the U.S. Navy where he served as corporal from 1977 to 1980 before becoming a U.S. Navy reserve officer from 1980 to 1983. After an honorable discharge in 1983, he became an aviation mechanic at Lockheed Martin in Burbank, CA where he built airplanes to support the military and protect our nation’s security, such as the Stealth Bomber/U.S. F-117 Nighthawk. In 1988, James moved his family to San Diego, California where he worked as a sheet metal worker at Naval Air Station North Island until 1998. After getting injured while working on the job, James was not deterred - he decided to change careers to pursue a degree in nursing, a great choice given his genuine empathy and compassion for people. He decided to attend Maric College for Medical Careers full-time to become a Registered Nurse. A natural entrepreneur, James also started a successful janitorial business in San Diego – Hawkeye Janitorial Services – to support his family as he transitioned to nursing school. In 2000, James graduated from Maric College and began a 15-year career as an RN across Southern California working in many hospitals, some of which included Mission Bay Hospital in San Diego, Alvarado Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, and most recently Methodist Hospital in Arcadia.

Although James loved caring for patients, he was absolutely passionate about ministering to souls. He was a faithful minister and elder in the Pentecostal church, most notably at North Park Apostolic Church in San Diego, CA, where he, his wife and children were members for 14 years. He faithfully served the ministry and fulfilled his calling to preach to many souls in San Diego and Pasadena. A powerful, anointed preacher, he was led by the Holy Spirit to preach memorable sermons such as “Diamonds in the Rough” & “And at Midnight" that touched many lives and led many to salvation. After moving to Pasadena, James founded Upperroom Apostolic Church where, as pastor, he focused his message on holiness and preaching the plan of salvation. He served as pastor for seven years. James loved ministering to win souls over to Christ to, as he would say ‘be about his Father’s business building the Kingdom’.

James is survived by his wife Donna, sons Jessie and Jason, daughter Elnora, daughter-in-law Amy and brothers Richard Herbert Allen, Bennie Lee Allen and Maylon McKoy. He is also survived by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

James is predeceased by his parents Thomas and Elnora, brothers Thomas Allen Jr. and Brezell Allen and sisters Georgia Mae Stearns, Mittie Rose Allen, Addie Lee Allen, and Ella Wee Pine.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 27th, 2018 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, December 27th, 2018 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Woods Valentine Mortuary Chapel
    1455 N. Fair Oaks Ave
    Pasadena, CA 91103
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  • Traditional Service

    Friday, December 28th, 2018 | 11:00am
    Friday, December 28th, 2018 11:00am
    Friendship Baptist Church
    80 W. Dayton St.
    PASADENA, CA 91105
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    Pastor Lucious W. Smith
  • Interment

    Friday, December 28th, 2018 | 1:30pm
    Friday, December 28th, 2018 1:30pm
    Rose Hills Memorial Park
    3888 S. Workman Mill Rd.
    WHITTIER, CA 90601
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    Navy Honors will be at cemetery
  • Reception

    Friday, December 28th, 2018 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, December 28th, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friendship Baptist Church
    80 W. Dayton St.
    PASADENA, CA 91105
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Posted at 12:36am
Dear Allen family.

Life like a mist ,appears for just a day, Then disappears tomorrow. All that we are can quickly fade away,Re-placed with tears and sorrow. If a man should die, can he live again?

Hear the promise God has made at John 5:28,29:

Do not be amazed at this,for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice. And come out,those who did good things to a resurrection of life,and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.

While words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one, we look forward to the time when words will capture the joy of having our heavenly Father return your dear one to you.

May God sustain you during this of such a great loss

Sandra Arevalo

Posted at 01:27pm
“When the person you are closest to is gone, hold on to their memories and know that they are always with you.”
Keeping you in our prayers.
Sandra and family.

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