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Dwan, Allen T.

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December 2, 1941 - March 11, 2015

Dwan, Allen T.

Allen Thomas Dwan, age 73, of Plano, Texas, passed away March 11, 2015 at Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas.

Allen was born December 2, 1941 to Robert Dwan and Betty Dwan Hamillton of Chicago Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Earl Dwan and his in-laws: Ed and Nancy Sereda of Plano, Texas.

Allen is survived by his wife and best friend, Susan Sereda Dwan of Plano, Texas; his daughters: Kelly Isaacson (Tom Isaacson) of New Orleans, Louisiana and Kim Dwan-Collins (Lionel Barrymore Collins II) of Chicago, Illinois; his two grandsons: Joshua and Colin Isaacson of New Orleans; his sisters and brother, all of Chicago, Illinois: Mary Kay and Dennis Boss, Michael and Nan Hamilton, Beth Hamilton, and Kelly Anne ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Hamilton; his sisters and brothers-in-law, all of Plano, Texas: Lynda and Bernie­­­ ­­­Kemple, Heather and Michael Einsohn, and Blair and Carol Sereda, and many, many beloved nieces, nephews, and great nieces/nephews.

In his 73 years Allen lived with a passionate love of life and was adored by almost everyone who knew him. Allen always made time for his beloved family and to be his family member was to be truly cherished. He brought a joyous light to every room he entered just by his presence.  He loved travel, adventure, sports, and his Irish heritage. He has left all of us with many memories of his life that we all had the honor of sharing with him.

After his military service, Allen worked in a variety of careers including the professional sports industry and as a professional athlete before finding his true calling in the hospitality industry. As a certified hotel administrator, Allen always made time to counsel those in need and left an indelible imprint  on the hundreds of young people he helped, found work for, and mentored as the they found their place in the world.

He will be dearly missed.

A visitation at Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home, 19310 Preston Road in Dallas, Texas followed by a luncheon and celebration of Allen’s life will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 1:00pm. All family and friends are invited.

Flowers or donations can be sent to 3500 Bonniebrook Drive, Plano, Texas 75075.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

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Steven Emery

January 15, 2017 3:01PM

Please except my condolences. I never knew Allen well, we spent a lot of time together over a few days in Colton when his brother, my best friend Earl passed away. I helped him move things out of Earl's apartment and so on before he went home. I was given Earl's Army uniform and medals and ribbons attached and I was asked by my American Legion post to make a case for it to display in my American Legion post in which me and Earl were members. I went ahead and made the case but a few members voted down the display of it for unknown reasons, so here I was with his uniform and not knowing what to do with it. I kept it all these years but it should go to his family. If anyone reads this that knows a family member who would like the uniform, I will gladly mail it to them. Allen was a nice man and a good man like his brother Earl. I use to help Earl cook dinners etc. at our legion post. I think he learned to cook from his brother Allen. Earl had no family in Colton, but he had hundreds of friends there. He also belonged to the Inland Empire Airborne Association. All my friends are now dead, Earl was the last to die. we shared good times and bad times. I gave him a ride the the VA Hospital in Loma Linda the morning of his scheduled operation and I was going to pick him up when he was ready to come home, but he passed away during the operation. I hadn't cried since my father died but I did that day knowing my buddy was gone. I'm a U.S. Navy veteran and served on a destroyer stationed on the East Coast. I never served in Vietnam. I spent two years at sea and foreign duty which was mostly in the Mediterranean. Earl respected my service as much as I did his. Allen invited me to visit him in Northern California where he managed a country club, but I never had the chance to take him up on his offer. I thank him for his service to his country and his friendship.

Trevor Bartholomew

May 29, 2015 11:51PM

Allen was the greatest boss that I have ever had the pleasure of working for. I am beyond saddened by the news of his passing. There has not been a day that has gone by sine I met him, that I have not thought of him.