Allen George Orcutt
Allen George Orcutt was born in Augusta, GA, on October 21, 1943. He died at the Colorado State Veterans Home in Rifle, CO, on October 9, 2015, of Parkinson’s disease, due to his exposure to Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam.
Allen grew up in Oklahoma City, the child of George and Dorothy Orcutt. He was born while his father was in France with Patton’s forces in WW II.
He attended Principia College in Elsah, IL, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, where he was student body president in 1965-6. Allen volunteered for the Marine Corps after graduation and went through Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. He learned to fly at the Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Florida. As a CH-46 helicopter pilot in HMM-164 Allen flew over 500 missions in and around Quang Tri, Dong Ha, Khe Sanh, Hue and Phu Bai in 1968-69.
After his return from the war Allen worked in several fields, including education, private home building, and fund-raising. He served for over 16 years as one of the senior representatives and spokespersons for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He was a lifelong Christian Scientist and served as a reader and Sunday school teacher.
In 2007 Allen returned to Vietnam with his wife Barbara and a contingent of Vietnam veterans with the DOVE Fund, an organization dedicated to building schools, medical clinics and water treatment facilities in impoverished provinces along the DMZ.
Allen was an avid traveler, author, poet, fly-fisherman and banjo player, and loved nothing more than throwing a line in No Name Creek, near his family’s home in the Roaring Fork Valley. In 2008 he published a book of poems and prose, “No Rest Elsewhere: Vietnam Notes 1968-2008.”
Allen loved mustard and mayonnaise sandwiches on white bread, bluegrass music, John Stewart of the Kingston Trio, Shetland Sheep dogs, Boomer Sooners, expensive shoes and watches, ballroom dancing, overseas travel, margaritas, and Sonic foot-long chili-cheese dogs and peanut butter shakes.
For the past three years Allen lived at the Colorado State Veterans Home in Rifle, CO, and was cared for with love and compassion by a host of CNAs, nurses and staff, to whom the family is forever grateful.
Allen is survived by his wife, Barbara Floria Orcutt and his former wife, Nancy Newsham Orcutt; his children, Amy Orcutt Zeppelin, Ashley Orcutt Johnson, Andre James Orcutt, and Georgia Grace Orcutt; and his grandchildren, Estella Morgan Zeppelin, Hunter Allen Zeppelin, Boden Marc Zeppelin, Nils Allen Orcutt and Logan Elizabeth Johnson.
In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the Disabled American Veterans.
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