Barton Nathan Allan, 90, passed away peacefully, January 22, 2024, at Spring Hollow in Orem, Utah. He was born January 25, 1933 in Victorville, California and grew up in Redondo Beach, California. Bart was an adventurous boy and played in a variety of sports. He developed a dogged personality and pursued every part of life with gusto.
He served in the Army in both World War II and Korean Wars, receiving assignments that often took him behind enemy lines.
Bart was an entrepreneur owning and operating restaurant/bars in Orange County, CA; Century 21 Real Estate Offices in Norco, Catalina Island, Rubidoux, and Los Osos CA; KISS one-hour photo and Photography Studio in Morro Bay, CA; and Personal Service Realty in Utah. He was an emeritus member of the Association of Utah REALTORS, working as a Broker in California and Utah for over 60 years.
He is most fondly remembered for his piano playing and music composing. He had a Performing/touring group known as the Bart Allan Singers who toured with his “Decisions” musical. He could play anything if he heard the tune and would often take requests when playing in public. He wrote music for plays/musicals, radio stations, a girls’ camp theme song and many others, including the song performed at his wedding to Judi. For many years he had a band that played all over the Los Angeles area including the Queen Mary and Bonaventure Hotel. He performed in many award-winning National Veterans’ Arts Festival groups including with the “Salty Dogs”. He played keyboards for the Skinny Lincolns Improv Comedy Group. For many years he enjoyed playing beautiful grand pianos at the University of Utah Hospital, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and the Conference Center for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He continued playing the piano at the memory care up to the last weeks of his life.
Bart was an avid outdoorsman hunting, fishing, backpacking, horseback riding, boating, and rifle shooting. He coached the Jr. Olympic Rifle team. He opened a Century 21 office in Catalina Island so he could buy a boat and write it off, doing lots of fishing traveling between the island and mainland. Fishing trips to fish for Marlin or tuna were a regular occurrence.
He enjoyed photography, taking numerous photos of the outdoors and eventually becoming a portrait and wedding photographer.
Bart attended the University of Pacific and enrolled at Brigham Young University at 75 years of age attending two semesters while five of his grandchildren were also there.
He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1960’s and served in many callings, his favorites being the Primary pianist, Ward organist and Host Missionary at the Joseph Smith Building for 14 years.
Bart married (divorced 1973) Sheila A Maclaren with whom he had three children: Stephanie, Lissa and Donald.
He later married Judith Jenkins in December 1981. They had a long and joyful marriage. Bart and Judi were kind and generous opening their home to many people in times of need over the years.
Bart is survived by his wife, Judith; son, Donald Allan; daughter, Lissa Allan Mirand; stepson, Scott Walker; stepdaughters, Wendy Walker Bird and Joelle Walker Chatfield; 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Stephanie Louise Allan; his parents, Harry Timlow and Charlotte Margaret Foster Allan; and sister, Corwina Louise Allan Hulsizer.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 2, 2024, at 11 a.m. at the Cottonwood 16th Ward, 6350 Rodeo Lane, Murray, Utah. Friends may visit with family on Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church, Interment at Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Ogden City Cemetery.