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    Lake Elsinore City Treasurer Allen Baldwin dies at 83
    • January 26, 2024

    Lake Elsinore City Treasurer Allen Baldwin died Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, at age 83. He had served in the elected post since 2009. (Courtesy of Lake Elsinore)

    Lake Elsinore City Treasurer Allen Baldwin, who served as a city councilmember and became the first executive director of an Orange County affordable housing nonprofit group, has died.

    Allen, 83, died Jan. 19 “peacefully” and “surrounded by family, love and laughter,” according to a family message that was part of a larger post on Facebook.

    “Allen was a friend and mentor,” Lake Elsinore Mayor Steve Manos wrote on Instagram. “Always in an upbeat mood, he was very wise and has been a great leader in this community in many ways for many years.”

    An elected position, the treasurer monitors city finances and advises city officials on fiscal matters. Baldwin had served in the role since 2009 after a stint from 1978 to 1982 on the Lake Elsinore City Council.

    Also in 1978, Baldwin became the first executive director of the Orange County Community Housing Corporation, which helps working-class families find affordable housing.

    “Allen played a pivotal role in our organization’s mission to create affordable housing and uplift the lives of the less fortunate,” read a corporation statement posted on Baldwin’s Facebook page.

    “Allen was not only a dedicated leader, but also a compassionate advocate for those in need. His tireless efforts have left an indelible mark on our organization, and his legacy will continue to inspire us.”

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    A Navy veteran, Baldwin was married for 57 years to Linda Sue “Holly” Baldwin. He had four children, 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, according to his family’s statement.

    The council is working with the city attorney on the next steps in finding a new treasurer, Lake Elsinore Community Support Manager Adam Gufarotti said via email.

    ​ Orange County Register