Frank W. Allen and C.
Robert Allen opened Allen Brothers Mortuary in February 1964
on the "outskirts of town" on Santa
Fe Avenue in Vista, CA.
Frank at 1964
FRANK W. ALLEN
Frank Allen got out of the Navy after World War II and came to
California to attend Los Angeles College of Mortuary Science. He
began work in the mortuary business at Beardsley-Mitchell Mortuary
in Ocean Beach. He convinced his brother C. Robert "Bob" to
move to California in the early 1950's to join him at
Beardsley-Mitchell. Bob enjoyed the work so much so that he
also attended Los Angeles College of Mortuary Science to receive
his license. Bob worked at Utter-McKinley Mortuary in Los
Angeles while attending college.
After several years with each brother working in the funeral
profession, they decided to open their own funeral home in
Vista. The Allen Brothers Mortuary was built in Vista and
opened in February 1964. This brotherly partnership continued
for 20 years until Frank retired in 1984. In 1986, Bob
incorporated the mortuary and opened the second funeral home in San
Marcos in 1989.
Frank passed away in 2008 but Bob continued overseeing both
chapels until his retirement in January of 2009. Bob remained
semi-active as the owner and President of Allen Brothers Mortuary,
Inc. until he passed away in 2009.
Bob at 1964
C. ROBERT ALLEN
1934 - 2009
Generation Continues the Allen Brothers Family
Bob's daughter, Linda, followed in the
family footsteps by receiving her Embalmers License from Cypress
College of Mortuary Science in 1986. She then received her
Funeral Director's license in 1996. After 23 years of working
in the Vista and San Marcos Chapels, Linda is proud
to continue the family legacy as President of Allen Brothers
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