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Allen Dean Martin
(1963 - 2011)

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Name: Dr Allen Dean Martin
Gender: Male
Age: 47 years old
Lived: Saturday, 13 July 1963 - Friday, 27 May 2011

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A service for Allen was held on the morning of June 2nd, 2011 at JT Morriss and Son Funeral Home in Chester, VA.   The CSUN community will hold a memorial with the date to be announced soon.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to:
The Consumer Resource Center
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
California State University, Northridge

You can make the check payable to: “CSUN Foundation.” Please write in the memo line: “Consumer Resource Center/Allen Martin”  and send to: California State University, Northridge College of Health and Human Development Attn: John Pepitone 18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA 91330-8215

Here are more links about Allen: (copy and paste into browser if clicking doesn't work) 

The Morriss and Son funeral home produced this slide show of Allen's life:

http://www.picturebio.com/events/VA001/VA001.07131963ADM.html
(Copy and paste the above link into your browser) (The black screen lasts a long time.  Please be patient - the slide show starts just when you're pretty sure it won't.)

The Funeral Home has set up a tribute page with Allen's obituary here:
http://obits.jtmorriss.com/archives/006751.html
 
The Richmond Times has posted Allen's obituary and you can sign the guest book here:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesdispatch/obituary.aspx?n=allen-martin&pid=151430478

Allen's students created a facebook page in Allen's honor.  If you experience trouble uploading photos on this site, please join the group and share your photos:

https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_113064612113395
 

Here is the text of Allen's obituary:

Martin, Allen D.

Allen Dean Martin, PhD of Northridge, CA passed away on Friday, May 27, 2011. He was born in Radford, VA, the son of Velma Wrenn Martin and the late Allen Lynwood Martin. He is survived by his life partner, Juan Oliva; his mother, Velma Wrenn Martin; his brother Kevin Martin and wife Kerry; sister Tracy Wilson and husband Steve; five nieces and nephews Katie, Ellie, Adam, Hannah and Abby;  and several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. Most recently Allen served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at California State University, Northridge. Allen received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Virginia Tech and his Doctorate from The Ohio State University.

A beloved faculty member who mentored hundreds of students through his teaching and many professional contacts, Allen led a life of service to others, fueled by his tenacious optimism, affability and tremendous energy. He was a man of action who put his values to work. A gifted organizer, Allen easily recognized people’s strengths, bringing them together for successful collaborations. Allen was Director of the Consumer Resource Center for nearly fifteen years. Under his leadership, students provided much needed consumer and financial education to the local community.

Over his professional career he has held multiple offices in the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals; the American Council on Consumer Interest; and the Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Educators. He was proud of his appointments by both California Governors Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Commission on California Earthquake Authority. Most recently Allen was serving as president of the Los Angeles District of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, and had held multiple state and national offices with the organization.

An author of many journal articles and presentations, Allen served on the editorial board of the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences. He was also serving as treasurer of the Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences. Allen was deeply involved in university faculty governance. He was currently serving as the faculty rights chair of the California Faculty Association and was skillful in negotiations between administrative and faculty concerns. Across campus and throughout the California State University system there are many who consider Allen a good friend – because he cared about them, and because he defended them.

A funeral service will be held at the Chester Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home & Cremation Service at 10:30 am on Thursday, June 2nd. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at 9:30 am. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to: The Consumer Resource Center, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, California State University, Northridge; Make checks payable to: CSUN Foundation. Write in the memo line: Consumer Resource Center/Allen Martin. Contact: John Pepitone, Director of Development, 818-677-5863 john.pepitone@csun.edu. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com

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Biography

Fathers Name: Allen Lynwood Martin
Mothers Name: Velma Wrenn Martin
Spouse's Name: Juan Oliva
Siblings Names: Kevin Martin, Tracy Martin (Wilson)
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: Northridge
Occupation: Education & Training

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Passing

Place of Passing: Tennessee
Date of Passing: 27 May 2011
Cause of Passing: heart attack (in his sleep)
Place of Burial: Chester, Virginia, USA
Funeral Director: JT Morriss and Sons
Funeral Location: 3050 W. Hundred St., Chester, VA 23831
Funeral Date: 2 June 2011
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