Allan O’Brien  1944 – 2013

May 09, 2013
Allan O’Brien

Allan O’Brien was born on November 25, 1944 in Brisbane, Australia. The son of an American father and Australian mother, Allan moved to Portland, Oregon as a young boy.

He went to John Marshall High School and also went to college at Portland State. In 1963, he met the love of his life, Bonnie. The two married on November 21, 1965 and have celebrated each and every day of their 50 years together.

Allan and Bonnie have two children, Lori Kormanyos and Shawn O’Brien.

Allan served our country in the Army and went to Viet Nam. He worked for NW Natural Gas Company and Qwest Communications. Allan and Bonnie became Realtors after retiring from Qwest.

Allan had a great affinity for the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting deer and Elk.

He was very actively involved in The Boy Scouts of America organization in Edmonds Troop 312 with his son Shawn. He guided hundreds of young men through the Scout program from Tenderfoot to Eagle.

In fact, Allan has the honor of mentoring the most young men to the Eagle Scout rank through his troop in the entire State of Washington.

Allan was a reader and researcher who had a thirst for information.

He was always reading and absorbing all that he could. In fact, he was almost never without his highlighter, which he used often to keep track of important facts in whatever he was researching at the time.

Writing was another of Allan’s passions. He loved to go to writers conferences with his daughter Lori.

He loved his grandchildren Sara, Emma, Ethan, Ashlyn and Abby and wanted them to do well in everything they pursued.

Allan is survived by his wife Bonnie, his children, Lori and Shawn along with Lori’s husband, Brian, their children Sara, Emma, and Ethan, and Shawn’s children Ashlyn and Abby along with Shawn’s wife Maleia and her daughter Rhianna.

Allan peacefully passed on April 21, 2013 with his wife, daughter and son by his side. He loved life. He will be dearly missed by all.

A Celebration of Life to take place Friday, May 17, 1-3 p.m. at Anthonys, 456 Admiral Way, Edmonds.

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