Harold “Hank” Allen, a veteran of the Vietnam War who served as exalted ruler of the Santa Monica Elks, has passed away. He was 62.

Allen died of a heart attack following a State Ritual Contest at the State Elks Convention Thursday, May 14th, a Santa Monica Elks spokesman said.

Allen was born September 6th, 1946 in Syracuse, New York. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served three tours in Vietnam, where he was exposed to Agent Orange and suffered many medical problems as a result, friends said. Allen was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant. He then managed warehouses for 30 years and lived in Los Angeles for many years.

Allen joined the Santa Monica Elks and progressed through the chairs. He took office as exalted ruler on April 1st and his team of officers won the District Ritual Contest to participate at the State Elks Convention.

Allen is survived by his brother Ronnie Allen, three children (one boy and two girls), four grandchildren and five nieces and nephews. The family asks that donations be made to a special fund, care of the Elks Lodge.

Services were held at the Santa Monica Elks Lodge on Wednesday, May 20th.