Donald Joseph Allen

Donald Joseph Allen, age 71, of Milan crossed over after a long battle with cancer on September 8, 2021.

Don was born December 1, 1949 in Dearborn, Michigan to the late Albert Joseph “Joe” and Margaret [Rooney] Allen.  He was a member of Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth in Ann Arbor. He was also a reiki master and shamanic practitioner.  Music was an integral part of his journey, and he was a member of numerous bands and singing groups throughout his life.


Don worked as a master jeweler for over 30 years. He had achieved over 35 years of sobriety, and in those years he enjoyed cooking, singing, playing drums, communing with nature, and riding his motorcycle. Don also devoted his time and energy to issues of social justice and healing.

Don is survived by his wife Charlotte, son Justin (Laura) Allen, siblings: Robert (Jane) Allen, Judy (Susan) Allen, Mary (Scott) Livchak, Matthew (Teri) Allen, Edie (Joseph) Kwasnoski, 2 grandchildren: Phoebe and Julian.


He will be dearly missed by his family and his wide world of friends.

Cremation has taken place; arrangements entrusted to Jansen Family Funeral Home - Columbiaville.  A Celebration of Don’s Life is planned for 2-5pm on October 10th at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ann Arbor, at 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd in Ann Arbor, Michigan; more details will be forthcoming. Memorial contributions in memory of Don may be made to Save the Children []. Share memories, condolences, and pictures online with the family at