Allen Elston, of Madras, Oregon, died on March 16, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was 89 years old.
Allen was born on June 13, 1931, in Miami, Texas, to Charles and Myrtle Elston. He lived his early life in Huckabay, Texas, where he met and married Juanita Wylie, in 1949.
Allen attended Hardin-Simmons University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. On March 15, 1960, he and Juanita moved their young family, which included Marsha and Alicia, to Warm Springs, where Allen became the pastor of the Warm Springs Baptist Church. Donna was added to the family a year later, and the Elstons spent over 33 years living among the wonderful Warm Springs people that they so dearly loved.
Allen is survived by Juanita, his wife of over 71 years; daughters, Marsha Martinez and husband James, of Madras, Alicia Pugh and husband Dale, of Huckabay, Texas, and Donna Scheller and husband Ron, of Bend. He is also survived by his six grandchildren and their families: Scott Armstrong and Eve Ooten, of Anchorage, Alaska, Jesse and Jessie Armstrong, of Bend, Aaron and Katie Elston, of Bend, John Pugh and Audrie Ayers, of Bend, Natalie and Jason Villanueva, of Bend, and Mikaela and Michael Bird, of Bend. Allen and Juanita also have the joy of being great-grandparents to Livi and Lyza Armstrong, of Bend. In addition, four younger brothers, Gene, Baldy, Carroll and Mack, and a large extended family survives in Texas and points beyond.
A public viewing was held at Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home, Monday, March 22, from 2-4 p.m. The family held a private memorial which may still be viewed as a Facebook Live Event titled "Allen Elston Life Celebration," Tuesday, March 23, at 11:30 a.m.