Robert J. Allan was born in 1906 in Naches, Washington. Graduating from Naches High School in 1926, he went on to Washington State University. In 1942, Robert met and later married Hope Whitenack. Hope Whitenack Allan was born in Selah, Washington in 1910. She graduated from Selah High School and received a degree in education at Bellingham Normal. After marrying Robert Allan she spent the next 60 years living in Naches raising her children and being a devoted wife.
Robert Allan had tremendous pride in being a farmer. He was a proud part of the second generation of Allan brothers who chose to pursue the tree fruit industry in the early 1930’s. Mr. Allan was pleased to be part of the Naches community. He was active on the Naches school board for 15 years and actively supported the school and community activities. In 1983 he was chosen Northwest Cherry King and State FFA Farmer of the Year.
Hope Allan’s zest for life was infectious to the people around her. She loved to camp, fish and spend time with her husband, family and friends. Hope was active in the Yakima Valley Museum and the Daughters of the Pioneers, she was also the guiding light for a group of campfire girls.
Mr. and Mrs. Allan are survived by their three children and their spouses, George and Kay Allan, David and Cheryl Allan and Ruth and Robert Pringle and many grandchildren.
Many years ago Mr. and Mrs. Allan started giving scholarships to students interested in agriculture, which allowed them to establish wonderful friendships with young people in the Naches Valley. The tradition of assisting students lives on with the Allan Family. A scholarship is awarded yearly in the names of Robert and Hope Allan to a young man or woman from Naches High School pursuing a degree at an accredited two our four year college/university or trade school.