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In Loving Memory
Darrell Clifton Allison, D.V.M.
April 18, 1941 - September 5, 2015

Darrell Clifton Allison was born in Woodward, Oklahoma on April 18, 1941. He was the third child born to Glenn William & Nellie Olivia Mae Heide Whiting Allison. His mother, widowed from her first husband, also had 3 older daughters (Nelda Fern Whiting, Irene Whiting Lindholm and Marilyn Whiting) and 1 older son (Willet Whiting, a veteran of both WWII and Korean Wars), all now deceased. Darrell's eldest full sibling, sister Kay Lochman lives in Fargo, Oklahoma; his older brother Vern is deceased. Younger brother Neil, a retired veterinary pathologist resides in Santa Clara, UT with his spouse of 41 years, Ok Chon Pyon Allison, PhD., a semi-retired, Nurse Practitioner.

Darrell attended elementary and Jr. High School in Woodward, OK. The family moved to a cattle ranch and wheat farm 20 miles North of Woodward in Harper County when his father accepted a job as the ranch foreman; Darrell continued his schooling in Selman, Oklahoma and graduated from Selman High School class of 1959 with 9 other class members. Thereafter he enrolled in Oklahoma State University and was accepted into the Veterinary School two years later. He received his DVM degree in 1965. Darrell was the first member of his family to graduate from high school, college and to receive a professional college degree.

In high school, Darrell was active in the FFA and enjoyed showing his hogs in local county fairs. Also he enjoyed competing as a bull rider in the local amateur rodeos. And, attended Oklahoma Boys State sponsored by the American Legion.

Following graduation from veterinary school, Darrell served as a Captain in the US Air Force first at Travis Air Force Base, California followed by overseas duty in Tainan, Taiwan. After leaving active duty, Darrell served in the active Air Force Reserve retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel at age 60.

In 1973, Dr. Darrell C. Allison purchased Blue Cross Animal Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. In private small animal practice, he always put an animal's well-being before financial consideration. A spirited workaholic deeply dedicated to his clinic, he often performed surgeries late into the night after the clinic closed for the day. During the 1980's he also ran a satellite clinic in Laie, Hawaii. He would drive over on Thursdays and Saturdays to provide veterinary service to the other side of Oaho. Quite a few rookie doctors gained their first skills under Dr. Allison. He also served one years as President of the Honololo Veterinary Society.

Darrell's pastimes were also impressive. An avid runner, he timed in the top third of his age group in 3 Honolulu Marathons. He was a member of the Honolulu Sunset Rotary Club and served as their speaker reporter. He enjoyed traveling, annually attending veterinary conferences on the mainland, and his high school and college homecomings. His highlight trip was to China as a member of the People to People Citizen Ambassador program.

In 2013 Darrell began having medical issues and was later diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma beginning his formal battle with cancer. He continued to work although his hours gradually lessened. If not at the clinic, he would often be seen having a cup of coffee and reading his paper at Starbucks. By 2014 he was in and out of the hospital and he administered Blue Cross from his close by condo but did not continue to see patients.

In July, 2014 Darrell married his long time lady friend, Jean Ching-Pen Liang. Jean worked tirelessly as his nurse and companion keeping him comfortable until his final days. Due to her diligence, they were able to attend his 50th veterinary school class reunion at OSU in Stillwater, OK in May 2015.

Darrell C. Allison, D.V.M. left a legacy at Blue Cross Animal Hospital. Friends, relatives, clients, and employees will always remember him as an exceptional doctor. His bedside manners were not always perfect. If Blue Cross was closed and he was doing treatments, he would still pick up the phone before the answering machine. His tone would be perturbed when he told the person on the line "We're not open. This is what you call a Ho-li-day!, but the next line would be, What do you need?" . Pet owners and even employees were occasionally put-off by his tendency toward gruffness, but he had a great sense of humor. Those who knew him well realized that he actually had a heart of gold.
Published on March 7, 2017
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