Clifford Ward Allen III passed away February 26, 2012 at age 63 due to complications following a lengthy battle with brain cancer (anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare form of malignant brain tumor).
A resident of Los Angeles, Cliff is survived by his wife of 43 years and 11 months and 11 days -- Carolyn Lemke Allen and son Chris who credits his father with the encouragement and early computer training that led to an Academy Sci-Tech award just days before Cliff's illness suddenly changed the course of the family's priorities.
Cliff was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to parents Clifford Allen, Jr., a neurosurgeon and Korean War veteran, and Gail Rogers Allen, a WAC and business professional. His grandparents served in both the Oklahoma Land Rush as a surveyor, and in the Oklahoma state legislature. Cliff attended school in Tulsa OK, Ft. Worth TX, Ponca Military Academy, University of Arkansas and Tulsa University where he completed his B.A. In business marketing and applied his skills to early time sharing with GE, and his own businesses in Oklahoma, North Carolina and California helping high tech entrepreneurs through a full service marketing agency, marketing consulting, and SureToMeet, a joint endeavor with his son Chris, that is a comprehensive online event registration service to help build stronger communities through networking. His career also included fifteen years as a radio disc jockey during which he developed a deep love of both smooth jazz and weather watching -- he had been a news director and covered many tornado and icy events in Oklahoma's volatile "tornado alley." As a First Class radio and TV engineer he helped build a television station and maintained numerous radio station transmitters and control rooms. And that's where he met his wife, Carolyn and his family adventure began.
Cliff was diagnosed in March 2011 with anaplastic astrocytoma and a broken shoulder due to severe seizures by the capable team at UCLA Ronald Reagan Center, and underwent tumor and shoulder surgery followed by extensive radiation, chemo, and home health therapies. He worked hard with his health providers and enjoyed many respites of joy, good humor and appreciation. He was diagnosed with a second round of cancer growth in January 2012 and due to insurance shenanigans, transferred his care to Cedars Sinai, where he underwent more radiation and rehabilitation therapy.
In lieu of flowers, Cliff's family requests that charitable gifts in his memory be directed to the Cancer Survivorship and Rehabilitation Program at the SOCCI in Honor of Arash Asher M.D. (Dr. Asher: Discovering For Life) at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.Gifts may be made online at [URL: www.discoveringforlife.org/allen] or mailed (with 'In Memory' of Clifford Allen noted) to the following address:
Cliff's father was a neurosurgeon and Cliff felt strongly that sharing health information is vital to better health care for all, and actively supported health information research and distribution.
Cliff wanted to extend special thanks to his "A-TEAM", his family and friends for their support during his yearlong journey and battle for wellness. Family members who pitched in to help included not only his immediate family, but his Super Sis Vera, his niece Trish, nephews David and Michael...
And the many caring health care team members who strengthened and continually assessed him with gentle thoroughness, strengthened his left neglect and shoulder replacement, and appreciated his sense of humor -- always laced with a can-do attitude, funny quips and a lopsided smile.
Cliff was a pioneer of internet strategies and was one of the early developers of personalization content and e-commerce systems for web and email marketing, and authored two early marketing books for Internet marketing Cliff was the leader of the family creative team who developed a powerful networking and matching service that was the culmination of his life's work in helping people communicate better. Cliff, Chris and Carolyn Allen completed the patent application for the unique event networking tool just weeks before his death, and his last wish was to make MatchUp successful -- spoken like the entrepreneur he was, motivated by his heart for mutually beneficial communications and more productive business networking. (PS: so if you know anyone who might be interested...!)
We thank you for your thoughtful support during this difficult time. Carolyn and Chris