Allen “Al” Black passed into the arms of the Lord unexpectedly at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas Oregon on 5-24-2022 at the age of 77.
Allen was born 12-30-1944 in Celina Ohio. He was the Oldest son of Orval “Blackie” and Leona Black. Allen lived in
Ohio until he and his family moved to Seattle Washington In the early 1950’s. He attended Roosevelt High School in
Seattle until the call of the US Army spurred him into Active duty in 1962 at the age of 17. Allen married Donna
Ottinger and they had a son Jerry and daughter Heather.They later divorced.
Allen married Betty Lou Light in 1983. They resided in Seattle until 2007, when they moved to Castle Rock Washington
to enjoy retired life. Al loved the Lord, and spent a good Share of his time on committees and in Bible studies while attending St Paul’s Lutheran Church. When not doing that, he could be found at one of his favorite fishing holes with friends, or cheering on his favorite teams, the Seattle Mariners, Seahawks, UW Huskies and Ohio State Buckeyes.
One of Allen’s biggest joys was finding and reuniting with his birth family the Smelsers in 1992. He discovered a special aunt and uncle, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and various other relatives. There were great trips and memories made in Ohio when he found the love of his birth family.
Allen is survived by his wife Betty Light, his son Jerry Black and daughter Heather (John Fritsch) Black, as well as his 2 stepchildren Susan (Tom) Boren, and Ronald (Annette) Hammond, 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Allen is also survived by his brothers Bob (Betsy) Black, Fred (Beverly) Stemen and sisters Mary (Ron) Cisco and Susie Wurster, his aunt Lassie Smelser, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Orval and Leona Black, birth mother Vera Smelser Stemen, sister Jan Wickstrum, brother Walter Stemen and brother in law Fred Wurster.
A celebration of life will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Castle Rock Washington later this summer 2022.