Allan Karpen

Obituary of Allan Keith Karpen

Allan Keith Karpen was born to Margaret and Warren at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA.  He lived in the South King County area, graduated from Kent-Meridian High School, and honorably served in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Japan and the U.S.

Allan's commitment to his community was unwavering.  After graduating from Kent-Meridian High School, he began his career at Boeing before transitioning to a role at Teamsters Local 174, where he drove local trucks for Western Cartage, American Steel, and Nelson Trucking. His dedication to safety was evident through his involvement in numerous safety committees and his multiple safety awards.  He also took joy in organizing company picnics for Western Cartage and American Steel, fostering a sense of camaraderie among his colleagues.  Allan's community involvement extended beyond his workplace, as he was an active volunteer for the Boeing Classic, serving as the Chairman of Transportation for the golfers from 2006-2013.
Allan's love for his family was a cornerstone of his life.  He cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who held a special place in his heart.  Known affectionately as “Papa Al,” he was admired for his sense of humor, quiet strength, and strong work ethic.  His pride in his children and grandchildren was immeasurable, and he often showed his sentimental side.  He loved coffee in a cup, little fuzzy pups, whiskey in a glass, and grass.  He was a dedicated coach for his kids' soccer teams and a memorable figure on the sidelines, rooting for his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Margaret (Suzy) (George) Eims, brothers David (Terry) and John (Betty), and sons David Hewitt and Robert French.  He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Susan; daughters Roxanne and April (Matt); sons Mark Hewitt and David French; granddaughters Alaina (Damon), Amanda (Zach), Katie, and Christina (Dallas); grandsons Trevor, Logan and Jaxon, great-grandchildren Peyton, Zoe, Olivia, Amelia, Ronin and Joseph Allan, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Al loved honest, open smiles, kisses from a child, tomatoes on the vine, and onions.  He loved winners when they cry, losers when they try, music when it's good, and life.  And he loved you, too.

Service will be held May 31st at 9:30AM at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Big Climb (
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