I would also like to take a few moments to adjourn tonight in memory of Pat Allen, a longtime Santa Clarita resident, community activist and former Santa Clarita Valley Woman of the Year.
Pat was born in 1932 in San Fernando and moved to Canyon Country in 1967.
She and her husband, Sheldon, had four children and dedicated their lives to serving others in our community.
Pat served on the Canyon High School Community Committee when the school opened and also served as president of the Canyon High School Booster Club from 1977-79.
She worked at Lockheed Aircraft Corp. but spent much of her free time volunteering in Santa Clarita with organizations that include the Zonta Club of SCV – where she served as both president and director over the years – the Boys & Girls Club of SCV, the Red Cross Disaster Team, the American Heart Association, the SCV Senior Center and the Canyon Theatre Guild.
Pat retired from Lockheed after nearly 35 years in 1990, which resulted in her having more time to spend serving others in the community.
For her dedication to the Santa Clarita community, Pat was named SCV Woman of the Year in 1994.
That only spurred her on to volunteer even more.
In 1999, then-State Senator Pete Knight named Pat as his district’s Woman of the Year.
Shortly thereafter, Pat and Sheldon were named the 1990s Volunteers of the Decade by the Boys & Girls Club.
Pat undoubtedly left a lasting legacy of service that stands as an inspiration for those throughout Santa Clarita.
In addition to her passion for service, Pat loved and cherished her friends and family – including her three sons, daughter, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
We are saddened by Pat’s passing, and we keep her family and friends in our thoughts as they face this difficult time.