February 11th, 1946 - August 6th, 2020
Allan Gene Varni, married to his High School sweetheart Mary Lou (Mateo) for over 50 years, loved vehicles, having owned over forty-six of them. He served as a medic at Letterman Hospital during the Vietnam War, was a life-long educator in Santa Clara, Palo Alto, University of San Diego and Dominican University of California.
Allan enthusiastically gave his time by volunteering to better our world. For over 17 years he helped lead the Pacific Coast Dream Machines fundraiser in Half Moon Bay, Ca. As a member and former president (2019) of the Los Altos Rotary Club, he traveled to Liberia, Haiti and Peru for the causes of eradicating Mother to Child AIDS, rebuilding a school devastated by earthquakes, and helping develop indigenous communities.
Son of Steve and Dorothy (Damante) Varni, a self-proclaimed “Pure-Blooded Italian”, he was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. To pay for his San Jose State University BA and Notre Dame De Namur Master’s of Education degrees, he was an entrepreneur, school bus and truck driver. Allan raised his family in Los Altos where he lived for over 45 years.
Allan was passionate about travel, and all opportunities to explore and learn about our world’s diversity and cultures. Be it motorcycle adventures, flying planes, dune buggies, or multiple trips to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, he embraced life’s wonders near and far.
Allan passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep in Grover Beach, California.
Allan leaves behind his beloved wife, Mary Lou, sons Jason and Stephen, daughters-in-law Erika and Keri, granddaughters Brooke and Kenzie, sister Sylvia Souza, in-laws Steve Souza, Nancy & Mike McNitt, Linda & Bryan Yager, and Laurie & Mitch Gage, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, whom he dearly loved.
Allan is heartfully remembered and missed. His favorite sayings were, “If offered a cookie, take it!”, “The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few”, “Go For It!” and “Remember, we are the lucky ones!”
There will be a memorial in his honor on Saturday, August 29. Contact the Varni family for details.
The ALLAN VARNI INTERNATIONAL STUDY SCHOLARSHIP, managed by the Los Altos Rotary Club has been created in his honor.
Online donation details:
Physical donation details::
Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund (or LAREF)
Attn: Varni Fund
P.O. Box 794
Los Altos, CA 94023