Allen Thomas Steen
8/27/34 to 7/9/19
One of the last true gentlemen
Born in Eustis, Florida 8/27/34
Vernon Calhoun Steen (Father) a school teacher
Rose Ellen Grantham (Mother) a house wife
As a young man he did not finish college, but instead enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on March 22nd 1956 and was honorably discharged March 21st 1960. During his 4 years of service he married Barbara Ann Heine and had a son Michael Allen Steen on 8/6/59. This carried the tradition of “The only son of an only son” to the third generation. The marriage to Barbara didn’t last long and he found himself raising that son as a single parent. Alice Nichols was a godsend to help with the responsibilities of raising a young child alone. During that time he worked and lived in Victorville, Ca.
His career was in the banking industry filling roles as teller, loan officer and later marketing and packaging loans for the secondary market.
It was some time in the mid to late 1960s that he relocated to southern California and met Arleen Martha Brown. They hit it off and decided to get married on 5/7/69. Tom and Arleen took on the challenge of blending their two families and raised three children together—Robin, Michael and Bill. During this time, Tom attended night school and completed his college education. He received a Masters Degree with the highest honors from National University.
After raising the children in La Mesa, California, Tom and Arleen continued their parallel careers in the secondary market as consultants traveling around the country together. They moved to San Antonio, Texas to participate in the raising of their two grandchildren Bryan and Weston. In the mid-2000s Arleen was diagnosed with breast cancer and they moved to Temecula, California to live with Bill and Melody where they participated in the raising of the grandchildren Brian, Barrett and Nick.
Sometime after the death of his wife, Tom moved to Medford, Oregon in 2010 to live near his son Michael and wife Misty. Here he lived the next chapter of life watching Mike and Misty help raise his great grandson Oliver. He lived independently in Medford following one of his true passions—politics. He was committed to showing up for every city council meeting and following many issues. Fish in the Klamath River, forestry management, GMO debate, gun control, legalization of marijuana and many more issues of the time. He was a dedicated citizen participating in the process.
In the spring of 2019, as his health declined and independent living was no longer an option, he moved in with his son in Prineville, Oregon. Here he lived out his remaining days receiving world class care from Misty. He got to sit in a chair and enjoy the view he loved—Barnes Butte.
Tom is survived by:
Children—Robin, Michael, Bill
Grandchildren—Bryan, Weston, Brian, Barrett, Nick, Chad, Joshua
Great Grandchildren—Oliver, Mikayla, Landon, Jaxen, Kate, Kellen, Remi
The family is opting to pay their respects privately—therefore no formal service.
Any contributions/donations (In lieu of flowers) can be made to:
Jackson County Republican Party Office
PO Box 1801
Medford, Or. 97501
As this would honor Tom’s passion and dedication to politics in Medford, Oregon.
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