ALLAN H. RENTON
Allan H. Renton of Honolulu, Hawaii passed away on Monday, January 7, 2013 at age 87. He was born in Honolulu on January 4, 1926, the son of Allan Renton and Floria Lachmund Renton. He is survived by one sister, June Renton Chambers, and his wife, Doris Davis Renton, plus his son, Allan D. Renton, daughter, June Renton, and granddaughter, Christine Renton Christensen. Growing up in Honolulu, Allan attended Punahou School until WWII erupted on December 7, 1941, which caused his parents to send him and his sister to the Mainland for safety and further schooling. After graduating from Tamalpais School for Boys in San Rafael, CA, he joined the U.S. Navy and served on a ship monitoring weather stations in the Pacific until his honorable discharge in 1946. Later he decided to pursue degrees in Chemistry and Business Administration so he moved to the California Bay Area to begin his studies at Menlo College in Menlo Park. While there he met his future wife Doris Davis of San Mateo. They married after his graduation and then set up housekeeping in Oakland, CA. so Allan could enroll at the University of California Berkeley. When he graduated in 1949 with a B.S. degree they moved to Honolulu and Allan began working for Hawaiian Gas Products. It was founded by his father in 1919 and became one of the oldest industrial companies in Hawaii, dealing mainly in industrial and Medical gases. In 1954 the name was changed to Gaspro, Ltd. Following his father’s death in 1974, Allan decided to sell the business while forming a new company, maintaining land ownership, in 1979. HGP, Inc., which later became Lenakona Development, Ltd., was managed by him along with son, Allan D. Renton. The Renton family ties to Hawaii went back to 1864 when Allan’s great-grandfather, James Renton, traveled from Nova Scotia, Canada and settled in Kohala, Hawaii where he rebuilt and managed the Union Sugar Mill. This early interest in Hawaii sugar was carried on by Allan’s grandfather, George Fullerton Renton, who moved from Kohala to Oahu and became manager of the Ewa Plantation in 1898 followed by his son, George F. Renton, Jr., in 1921 until 1937. As an avid golfer, Allan was a member of Oahu Country Club for a number of years. Later he joined Waialae Country Club where he enjoyed playing with many friends including the “Happy Hackers.” Also, as a member of the Pacific Club, Allan spent his lunch hours playing cribbage with friends in the card room. He will be remembered by family and friends alike for his joyful nature and love of storytelling. While he was involved with and supported many local charities and organizations, Allan favored Kapiolani Hospital/Medical Center, where he served on its Board of Directors for 26 years. The family requests that those wishing to honor Mr. Renton’s memory may send donations to Kapiolani Health Foundation, 55 Merchant St. 26th floor, Honolulu, HI 96813. Attention: Jeffrey Pederson.