Born November 29, 1945 in Spokane, Washington to Leonard and Esther Peterson, Allen Leonard Peterson passed away unexpectedly Monday, May 15, 2023. Allen served in the Army as an MP in Germany from 1965 through 1969, and while in Germany, he married Linda Owen April 1, 1967 in Augsburg. After graduating from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education, in 1974 Allen started working with Boeing in Seattle, WA and opened Swede’s Fly Shop in Woodinville, WA in 1987. He moved the shop to Spokane in 2002, where it became his full time occupation and gathering place for good friends! A thoughtful, caring and generous man, since 2010 Allen was a Catholic Deacon serving at both St. Charles and St. Augustine Catholic parishes and volunteering in prison ministry since 1981. Allen was also an active member of the Eagles and the Knights of Columbus. In his free time, he was a keyboard player of the piano and organ and his favorite hobby was fly-fishing. Allen is survived by his wife Linda Peterson; two sons Anthony of Seattle and Alex of Spokane; two daughters Angela and Adrienne both of Seattle; one sister Susan of Bellevue; eight Grandchildren and one Great grandchild. Allen was preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Esther and his brother Dennis. The Rosary and Vigil is 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 428 W 19th Ave., Spokane, WA 99203. The Funeral Mass is 9:00 a.m., Thursday, June 1, also at St. Augustine Catholic Church followed by Military Honors and Committal at the Washington State Veteran’s Cemetery in Medical Lake, WA. To share memories of Allen and leave condolences for the family, please visit Allen's Tribute Wall.