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Remembering Ed Allan

Letter to the Editor

 


Sometimes in life we are given gifts, sometimes extraordinary gifts in the relationships we are fortuitous enough to wander into. One of those extraordinary gifts came to me, by happenstance or God’s way of remaining anonymous, in the form of my friendship with Ed Allan.

I was a neophyte lawyer in the early l980s, moving to Grant County to begin a practice with my father, when I first met Ed. His kindness and warmth was immediate. I vividly recall the first time I was introduced to him at the Grant County Courthouse. He welcomed me like a long lost friend and his smile and laugh still makes me grin as I think about him.

Ed later served all of us as a Grant County District Court Judge. He was truly one of the finest and best judges I ever had an opportunity to appear in front of. He was a terrific judge in so many ways. He was tough, yet fair. I loved his integrity and common sense. He never took himself too seriously. Ed was willing to do whatever it took to get the Court’s business done. We would often try cases until 10 or 11 at night in order to get things done (of course, he ordered in pizza for the jury). He would always say, ‘’This Court is open for business - what can I help you with?” It was an honor and a privilege to appear in front of Judge Allan.

I want to thank Nancy and her family for allowing us to spend “family time” with Ed. His passing is a reminder to us all to follow his example of courage, integrity and humility as we go forward with our lives. I hope the prayers of all will assuage the depth of your sorrow.

Yours Very Respectfully and Sincerely,

Garth Dano

Prosecuting Attorney

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