“Carolyn Allen was a force of nature who housed wit, strength, and an unwavering moral compass in a petite frame with more pound for pound condensed energy than anyone I have ever known. She was relentlessly loyal and passionately committed to an array of issues ranging from art to world affairs. Carolyn was dauntless in her determination to serve Arizona and she did that with integrity and sheer grit.”
I spoke these words last Sunday, Oct. 2, at a poignant Celebration of Life for an Arizona icon, Carolyn Allen. Carolyn died in August, leaving a legacy of honor, accomplishment, and passion for our state.
The memorial was hosted by the newest jewel in our desert, the Museum of the West, located in the heart of Scottsdale.
The warm and welcoming venue enabled over 130 people, dozens of them elected officials and former colleagues from Carolyn’s years in the Arizona Legislature, to gather and recall Carolyn’s wit, tenacity, and motivation. The memories shared reminded those in attendance that Carolyn’s life of service leaves behind a call for us to show up for life and accept challenges regardless of how daunting they may be.
Carolyn’s list of accomplishments is long, but has found its way into the Congressional Record and will forever be a part of American history … our history. Everyone in attendance signed a proposal that will be considered by the Scottsdale City Council at its Oct. 25 meeting.
The proposal requests that the amphitheater at the Brown’s Ranch trailhead in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve be named in honor of Carolyn, who worked so diligently to protect and preserve our open spaces for everyone to enjoy. All are welcome to attend this meeting and show support for our friend and mentor, Carolyn Allen.
Editor’s note: Ms. Korte is a member of Scottsdale City Council