- April 4, 2012
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
of Leland's Passing
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“Dana and family,
We are so very sorry to hear about your dad's passing. We remember him quite fondly from Diana's birthday parties and other Allen...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Pareja - Albuquerque, NM
“I enjoyed working with Lee for 28 years. A fine man and a good friende. My condolences.
2 of 11 | Posted by: Dick Jorgensen - Albuquerque, NM
“Dorothy, I'm so sorry to read about Lelands passing. We worked together at Sandia. He was such a nice polite man. Be strong and God Bless you and...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Cleo Westmark - Albuquerque, NM
“caring thoughts are with you and your family .sorry for your last . love you dorothy
4 of 11 | Posted by: vilma salas - albuquerque, NM
“Mr. Allen was my Sunday School teacher at Faith Lutheran Church in the early 1960's. I recall always looking forward to our class; he had a kindness...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Dan Homan - Albuquerque, NM
“I have known Leland and his wonderful family for many years through the congregation at Faith Lutheran Church. My late husband and I , together with...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Marian Homan - Albuquerque, NM
“I worked with Lee. He was a great guy.
The world needs more like him.
My condolances to the family.
7 of 11 | Posted by: Ross B. Yingst - Lemitar, NM
“I was saddened to learn of Lee's death, he was a co-worker and friend in my professional life. He worked at Sandia Labs and I worked at Bendix, in...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Tom Wiley - Overland Park,, KS
“Mom, Lynette, Dana and Nina, My heartfelt condolences for your loss and the pain you are going through. Having just gone through this same loss...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Michael Giglio - Charlotte, NC
“Dearest Dorothy, Lynette, Dana and Nina:I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Allen was always so kind to me...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Jolene McCaleb - Albuquerque, NM
“On behalf of the French Family of Companies, we express our deepest condolences.
11 of 11 | Posted by: Kirbye Davis
LELAND J. ALLEN
Age 84, died Wednesday, April 4, 2012. He was born on June 22, 1927 to Ivan and Aletta Allen on their farm near Booker, Texas. He was the fifth of eight children and spent his youth on the farm during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl years. On November 24, 1956, he married Dorothy Spies in Yoakum, Texas, after which they made Albuquerque their home. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Frank, and grandson Kyle Lee Borgfeld. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy S. Allen; daughters, Lynette (Curt) Borgfeld; Dana (David) Allen Mullen; Nina (Michael) Giglio; grandchildren, Caitlyn, Kelly and Kevin Borgfeld of Round Rock, Texas, and Daniel and Diana Mullen of Albuquerque. He is also survived by brothers, Ivan and RD Allen, sisters, Harriet Strickland, Mamie Agler, Effie Townsend, Dorothy Tate; and many nieces and nephews. Leland graduated from Booker High School in 1944, and worked for local farmers and ranchers until he was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1945. He was re-called into the Navy in 1950 and served for almost two years to complete his Reserve enlistment plus Truman's 1 year extension. He obtained a BS in EE, MBA and MS in EE from the University of Texas. He was employed as an Electrical Engineer for Pantex, near Amarillo, Texas making preparations for the 1953, above-ground, nuclear test series conducted at the Nevada Test Site. In August of 1956, he began his employment at Sandia National Laboratories, where he spent 20 years in radar design and 17 years in weapon systems design. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in New Mexico and Texas and a Life Member of IEEE. He joined Faith Lutheran Church by adult Baptism and Confirmation on April 14, 1956 and remained active there until his death. He was Faith's lay representative on the Luther House Governing Board, and co-chaired with Dorothy, the planning for Faith's Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Celebration. After retirement in June 1993, he volunteered as a science advisor for several APS elementary schools, SIPI Upward Bound program, the AARP Income Tax Preparation program and the National Atomic Museum. He was also an Amateur Radio Operator. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Friends may visit on Friday, April 6, 2012 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at French-Lomas Chapel. Services will be Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 10:30 am at Faith Lutheran Church, 10000 Spain NE. Interment will take place Monday, April 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm at Santa Fe National Cemetery.