Allen H. Trimmer

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Durango resident Allen H. Trimmer died Monday, June 4, 2012, in Durango. He was 92.

Mr. Trimmer was the only child of Howard C. and Maude Worden Trimmer and was born April 18, 1920, in Toledo, Ohio.

“His was a true rags-to-riches story,” his family said. “A product of the Great Depression, Allen went from building and selling model airplanes in his mother’s basement at age 12 to owning and running a successful business.”

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps, traveling all over the United States to develop faster systems to overhaul plane engines to keep more planes in the air.

While stationed in San Antonio, he married Sybil Batey toward the end of the war. The marriage later ended in divorce.

After the war, he attended the University of Toledo, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

His business, B&T and Associates, represented a number of large manufacturers in the automotive and aeronautical industries and was based in Toledo.

On Nov. 15, 1957, he married Barbara Wise in Toledo.

The Trimmers had owned a home in Durango since the late 1980s. They also maintained homes in Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas; and Blakely Island, Wash.

“Together with his beloved wife ... Allen enjoyed all aspects of life to the fullest,” his family said. “He was a charming acquaintance and a steadfast friend.”

Mr. Trimmer was a pilot, a boater and a railroad enthusiast. He was a member of the San Juan Large Scale Model Railroad Club.

His family said the Trimmers made many friends in Durango and Blakely Island during their annual summer visits, but Hope Town was where they were most at home.

Mr. Trimmer was preceded in death by his wife of almost 50 years, Barbara Trimmer.

He is survived by his daughters Barbara Trimmer of Toledo and Marilyn Trimmer of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; stepdaughter, Bobbie Burton, of Howe, Ind.; one grandson; two great-grandchildren; and extended family members.

A memorial service will be held in Hope Town at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Mercy, 1 Mercado St., Suite 270, Durango, CO 81301 or; Hope Town Fire and Rescue at; Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society at; or a charity of one’s choice.