Paul Edward Allen
Paul Edward Allen

August 19, 1959 - September 30, 2017
Born in Oak Harbor, Washington
Resided in Penryn, CA


Paul Edward Allen, 58, passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Kaiser Hospital in Roseville, CA. He was born in Oak Harbor, Washington on August 19, 1959, to George and Mary Jane Scanlon Allen, and was the second of their four children.
Paul had two great loves in his life, his family and music. He began playing the piano very early and was the organist in his church at age 12. He attended school in Texas and in Florida, where he played trumpet in the band and sang in the choir during high school. When his choir director got sick, Paul began helping the substitute, and eventually Paul himself was directing the choir. Professionally, Paul conducted the Ft. Lauderdale Choral Society and the South Florida Mormon Chorale for many years. Concurrently, he was the organist and choirmaster at the First Methodist Church in Miami, and also served at several other churches in the Miami area.
Upon moving to Sacramento, Paul continued his musical pursuits. He was asked to direct a production of Handel’s Messiah in 1999, a venture that led to the founding of the Valley Choral Society and Orchestra. He spent a great deal of his time preparing and directing some of the world’s finest music for that organization. It brought him great joy, which he shared freely with his beloved singers and instrumentalists. At the time of his passing, he was hard at work on the music for VCSO’s 2017 Christmas concerts. He also worked for many years with teenagers in Sacramento’s Galena Street East as vocal director for three of Galena’s performing groups. That endeavor also brought him and his family much happiness and fulfillment.
Also in Sacramento, Paul has served as the organist and choirmaster at both Trinity and St. Mark’s United Methodist Churches. He served as organist for several congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well. He has worked as the musical director for dozens of theatrical productions, including Les Miserables, The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, and The Pirates of Penzance. Locally, his music directing credits include productions at Music Circus and at CSU Sacramento.
As a young man, Paul’s love of music, and his competitive spirit, led him to find an eternal companion. Tammy Wright, a young lady from his church, began writing him while he was serving a mission in Sacramento, California. Awhile later, they married in the Washington D. C. LDS temple, and eventually had five children. Tammy preceded Paul to the Spirit world after her battle with leukemia.
After Tammy’s passing, Paul met Perri Ann Roberts, who had two children, and knew quickly that she would become his wife. They were married in the Orlando, Florida LDS temple and their two families became one. Their devotion to each other has been an inspiration to all who know them.
Paul was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jane, and his wife Tammy. He is survived by his wife Perri Ann, his father, George (Karla) Allen, sisters Laura (Ed) Faulstick and Marylynne Allen, brother Mark (Nancy) Allen, his children Ashley (Lance) Lively, Chris (Emily) Allen, Amber (Cameron) Casper, Christina (Kyle) Parkhurst, Whitney (Ty) Nickel, Clayton (Melanie) Allen, and Sydney (Brock) Tovar, and seventeen grandchildren.
There will be a viewing at 8:30 am on Saturday, October 7th, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3345 Margaret Drive, Loomis, CA, followed by funeral services at 10 am. Interment will be at the Newcastle Cemetery, Newcastle, California. Funeral arrangements are being handled by East Lawn Mortuary at Mr. Allen’s obituary is posted on the East Lawn web site.


Funeral Home
East Lawn Mortuary Chapel
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA 95841