Pasadena's Allen Lund, Philanthropist And Founder Of Namesake Transportation Company, Dies at 77

Published : Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 8:13 AM

Image Courtesy Allen Lund Company via Twitter

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Pasadena resident Allen Lund, philanthropist and owner of the Allen Lund Company, died Saturday, April 7, following a brief battle with cancer, the American Journal of Transportation reports.

He was 77.

Lund was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he worked in heavy equipment operations while serving in the U.S. Army Reserve, before gaining employment for a Salt Lake produce and truck brokerage company.

By 1969, he was transferred to Glendale, and within a decade he founded the Allen Lund Company, a truck brokerage firm, headquartered in La Cañada. The company was a success and has grown to include offices in 34 cities with 470 employees brokering 365,000 truckloads annually.

In 1993, the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent him to Moscow to assist the Russian government to help create a more orderly distribution of food its citizens.

During his lifetime, Lund was feted with honors and awards including the Transportation Intermediaries Association Heritage Award in 1999, the 2006 Achievement Award, and the 2009 Business Person of the Year award from the city of La Cañada Flintridge.

Lun was a philanthropist and proponent of Catholic education. He served in various roles on the boards of high schools and universities including those of St. Francis High School, and the University of Portland. He also served on the Board for the Catholic Education Foundation of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and established The Lund Family Scholarship to benefit students from St. Francis High School and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy who attend the University of Portland.

Lund served as Chairman of the Board for the Magis Institute, and on the board the Finance Council for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Board of Directors of St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, and the Board of Directors of Homeboy Industries.

Lund launched the annual Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast in 2005, now the largest Catholic Prayer Breakfast in the country.

Lund is survived by his wife of 57 years, Kathleen “Kathie” Lund, and their six children David Lund (Helen), Kenneth Lund (Mary), Edward Lund (Alicia), Natalie (Lund) Peterson (Kirk), Anna (Lund) Clapp (Mike), and Christina (Lund) Doerfler (Steve).

A rosary will be held at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Pasadena on Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, Saturday, April 14 at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Carmelite Sisters at The Carmelite Sisters, Sacred Heart Retreat House, 920 East Alhambra Road, Alhambra, California 91801.

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