Obituary: Allen ‘Hoppy’ Havens
Allen “Hoppy” Havens was born to Frank and Ila Havens on August 2, 1956 in Grand Junction, Colo. He joined the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in 1978, working as welder, and continued his welding career with the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads. After 36 years he was looking forward to retirement.
From his marriage to Tina Williams, their one and only child Alicia was born of whom he truly loved, cherished and enjoyed. He was a very loving father with a big heart and silliness to share. As a single father for many years he would learn quickly what raising a child was all about and did an exceptional job of it. This marriage dissolved.
In 1992 Allen met his wife Karen Lundy and in those 22 years would share many loving times together with her and with her three children — Eric, Jamie and Amber. Allen enjoyed being a part of the family and would participate in all the family celebrations and events that he could.
Allen and Karen bought their second home in Mariocopa, Ariz., which they both really loved! He had his own one-man business, AJ’s Pool Cleaning, of which he was proud.
Allen was always full of jokes and funny stories, and he was just a pleasure to be around. He could always lift your spirits when you needed it the most.
Sports, especially football and especially the Broncos, was one of his greatest enjoyments. Very seldom was he seen without his Broncos shirt or hat.
Allen is survived by his mother Ila Royle, daughter Alicia (Roland) Romero, wife Karen Havens, and her children Eric Lundy, Jamie Lundy, Amber (Jonathan) Rose, brother Dennis (Tillie) Havens, sister Zila (Victor) Samora, and four granddaughters Monica, Alivia, Ashley, Mariana. He leaves behind numerous nephews and nieces. He was to be a great grandfather this year. We will all miss him deeply.
Preceding him in death is his father Frank Havens, stepfather Floyd Royle and his brother Milo Havens.
A memorial service will be held at Callahan Edfast Mortuary on Saturday, April 19, at 2:30 p.m. A celebration of life will follow at Bray Real Estate, 1015 N. Seventh St. Dress is casual, Broncos or other sportswear is encouraged (with the exception of Raiders wear)!
In lieu of flowers, please make a monetary donation to his favorite charity, “Make A Wish Foundation.”
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