Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 6, 2020.
Michael Joseph Allman
Michael Joseph Allman December 22, 1938 - December
1, 2020 After a brave battle with cancer, Mike passed
peacefully on December 1, 2020 at his home in the
Born in Washington, DC, into a large Catholic family,
Mike was the oldest of the seven children of Francis
Charles Allman and Mary Cecelia Wahler. After Mike, his parents had *five daughters and
one son. All Mike's siblings (Mary Ann Allman, Kathleen "Caddy" Hutchinson, Theresa
"Tess" Cuddy, Timothy Allman, Catherine "Dolly" Pownell, and Cecelia "Celie" Allman)
survive him and are still in the Washington, DC area today with the exception of Caddy in
Growing up Mike enjoyed playing baseball for Gonzaga College High School (1957) in
Washington, DC. He then attended Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, MD, where
he earned an Economics degree in 1962.
On August 22, 1964 Mike married Ann Barnes at St. Francis Xavier church in Washington
D.C. They were married for 53 years and had four children, Maureen, Theresa, Michael
Ann and Mike started their family in Washington, DC and also lived in Bowie, MD,
Lovettsville, VA and Leesburg, VA where they made lifelong friends.
Mike's career in the NFL spanned 35 years. He joined the Washington Redskins in 1965
as a college football scout. He was a hard worker and was promoted up the ranks until
becoming the Director of Player Personnel at the young age of 39. Mike attended 3 Super
Bowls with the Redskins in 1972, 1982, and 1983. After 19 years with the Redskins, in
1984 Mike moved his family west, accepting an offer from the Seattle Seahawks. Mike
drafted 13 pro bowl players for the Seahawks. During his career Mike worked successfully
with an impressive array of NFL head coaches, including Otto Graham, Vince Lombardi,
George Allen, Jack Pardee, Joe Gibbs, Chuck Knox, Tom Flores, and Dennis Erickson.
Mike also worked closely with top NFL General Managers such as Bobby Beathard, Mike
McCormack, and Carmen Policy.
In 2000, Mike and Ann retired to La Quinta, CA and spent 10 years enjoying the California
desert lifestyle. They enjoyed the sunny climate, playing tennis, golf, and having friends and
family visit often. In 2010, Mike and Ann returned to the Seattle area to be closer to their
four children and seven grandchildren. Mike was the best Grandpa to Kelsey, Faith,
Matthew, Sydney, Rachel, Lauren and Jack.
Mike will be missed by all. His family is at peace to know he had a full and amazing life,
and is now reunited with his wife and daughter Theresa who he missed so much, as they
passed before him.
No service planned. If you wish to honor Mike's memory, his favorite charities are
Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) and Shriners Hospitals for