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03/17/1984 — 02/09/2023
From Richland, WA
Celebration of Life
1800 North Road 72
Pasco WA 99301
Daniel Edward Allen came into this world on March 17, 1984, in Pasco, WA, and was called Home, not on our time, but on God’s time, on February 9, 2023, in Richland at the age of 38. He was a St. Patrick’s Day baby, and very proud of it. With a full head of brown hair and chocolate brown eyes, he was the first child and only son of Bruce and Elizabeth (Buckland) Allen.
It was evident from the start that Danny had a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody. This was especially apparent after his little sister, Kelly was born when Danny was 19 months old. He protected her and all the other little kids at the bus stop and everywhere else they went together. He was strong and tall but little did they know, he would never hurt a fly. He started school at Edison Elementary in Kennewick before moving to Badger Mountain Elementary, Carmichael Middle School, and Richland High School, graduating in 2002.
He was active in the school band, playing clarinet, saxophone, and tuba in all the bands where he met many lifelong friends. Through music, he got to go on his first airplane ride on a high school band trip. This sparked a love for traveling that he would carry throughout his life. He loved all sports and was a champion at any Fantasy League he joined, whether it be football, basketball, or baseball. He was a pro at March Madness brackets and loved Gonzaga basketball. He and his nephew, Carter, could talk baseball for hours, and he loved to golf with his brother-in-law Matt and uncles Ron and Jeff.
When we say Danny loved helping people, we don’t mean just those close to him. Danny literally traveled the world, going on mission trips to Swaziland in Africa, Bolivia (twice), and Jamaica to help build schools and do work for those in need. For years, he took a week of his vacation time in the summer to help mentor kids in the foster care system who had been abused or neglected through Royal Family Kids Camp.
At the age of 22, Danny found his way to Yoke’s Fresh Market in West Richland. He steadily worked his way up to Receiving Manager, taking charge of ordering products for the store, and working with vendors from all over the Northwest to help stock the store with products people wanted to buy. He treated his coworkers like family, and they counted on him to know where everything was, help out wherever needed, and keep his candy dish full.
Danny was a big kid himself and adored playing with his nephews, Carter (11) and Jude (6). They could count on Danny for having all the cool video games and technology, and to play wiffle ball in the backyard with them. He loved going to Mariners and WSU Cougar football games with his dad. He had a special bond with his mom, and their daily talks and laughs will be missed.
Awaiting Danny in Heaven are his maternal grandparents, Bob and Anna Buckland, and his paternal grandparents Shirley and Robert Allen. Left here to mourn him are his parents, Bruce and Elizabeth Allen; his sister Kelly Larsen and her husband and sons, Matt, Carter, and Jude; his uncles and aunts Ron Buckland & Patty; Jeff Buckland; Brad & Vicki Allen; Sharon Allen and Trudy & Jeff Nugent. Cousins include Jodi & Skyler Allen and Nick Mandell.
The family would like to give special thanks to lifelong friends, Darrell and Vanessa Strong, and Sheldon Cragun, who was much more than a boss at Yoke’s West Richland. The family would also like to thank everyone at Yoke’s West Richland, Faith Tri-Cities in Pasco, and Desert Sky Elementary in West Richland for all their support during this difficult time.
Danny was so kind, gentle, and funny. If you have a story of how he helped you or made your day better, the family would love to hear it. We take great comfort in remembering Danny’s gentle demeanor amidst the pain of his sudden death.
His Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, March 11th at 10 am at Faith Tri-Cities (1800 N Rd 72, Pasco). If he was kind to you, if he made you laugh, or if he did something for you – please be there. It should be casual, just like Danny.
I was so sad to hear of Daniel’s passing. I know everyone at our West Richland store are mourning. Please take comfort in knowing, all of our Associates who knew him respected him and will miss him.