Obituary - Brian Allen

Brian T. Allen

Moran resident Brian T. Allen died May 21 in a rafting accident on the Snake River. He was 44.

His family provided the following.

Brian was born June 11, 1974, in Astoria, Queens, in New York City to Robert and Carol (Nagy) Allen. He was the youngest of four siblings.

He married Amy (Ventre) Allen on Oct. 10, 2010, after 10 years together. Brian and Amy had no children, and traveled and moved around quite a bit, relocating from the Denver area to Moran in July 2017. After working for nearly 20 years as a cook in well-known restaurants in New York City and Las Vegas, Brian found a job he was passionate about when he joined the rafting team at Grand Teton Lodge Company. This was to be his second full season on the river.

Brian is remembered as a gentle soul who cared deeply about animals and the environment and loved living, working, and fly-fishing in Grand Teton National Park. Often when he and Amy would drive or walk in the area, Brian would say, “Can you believe this is where we get to live?” as he looked around with wonder.

Brian was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Carol. He is survived by his wife Amy, siblings Diane (Allen) Madden, Lisa (Allen Caldera) and Robert Allen, and numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law, cousins, aunts, uncles and nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Brian’s life will be held at Jackson Lake Lodge in Moran at 2:30 p.m. Friday. His ashes will be partially scattered on the Snake River in a separate, private ceremony, and there will be an additional scattering of the remaining ashes at a special beach in New York where Brian spent many happy days as a child with his family.

Contributions may be made in Brian’s memory to Jackson’s Animal Adoption Center (, where he and Amy adopted their beloved pup Dottie, or to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (

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