Allan J. Hurst


Allan J Hurst, age 86, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2021, surrounded by Suzy, his beloved wife of almost 51 years and loving family.

He was born February 18, 1935, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Geneva Marie Allen and Jasper Harold Hurst of El Reno & Yukon, Oklahoma.

Allan lived a full life of sports and family and friends. The family moved to Augusta, Kansas when Allan was 6 months old. Jap sold life insurance prior to buying the Augusta Ford dealership, Jap Hurst Ford, where he won dozens of international trips for top sales. Geneva was the original Martha Stewart, making all her own clothes (from fabrics she found on their trips), as well as the Hurst grandchildren’s adorable matching outfits. They were able to purchase the home next door, tore it down, and Geneva and Jap turned it into a large garden, of which most meals and pies and canned goods were made from and many wonderful memories of the family spending much time there throughout their lives.

Allan’s basketball playing at Augusta High School helped him be recruited by Phog (Doc) Allen and Dean Smith to play at KU. He cherished this time of his life, and the material for many a great story told throughout his entire life! His last story to the cardiologist was about his time playing KU Basketball with Wilt Chamberlain. We are quite sure he is playing basketball in heaven!

At Augusta High School, Allan was an Eagle Scout, played basketball, football, tennis, ran track, and played French horn in the marching band.

Allan attended the University of Kansas in 1953 on a basketball scholarship, graduating in 1957 with a BS in Business. He is a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity & was president of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. He sang for KU’s a cappella choir and continued to sing in his church choirs throughout his life and sang every time he had something to say! He even sang with his church choir at Carnegie Hall in NYC.

Allan joined his father in Augusta at the “Jap Hurst Ford” dealership. Later moving to KC to join Lawrence-Leiter Consulting Firm, then starting his own company, Quorum, Ltd., a business consulting and professional speaking firm.

Allan married Helen Ladd Martin (they divorced 1969, deceased 1991) in 1957 and had four children, whom he leaves behind, Jennifer Ladd (Jenny) Gunter (Mike), Susanne Elizabeth (Sudy) Hurst, Allan J. Hurst, II (Angela) and Gregory Martin Hurst.

On November 28, 1970, Allan married Ruth (Suzy) Bateman Holbert in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Suzy brought two children into the marriage, whom he leaves behind, Richard Randal (Randy) Holbert and Tamara (Tammy) Ann Holbert Shackelford (Rob Feild).

His grandchildren were a source of great joy to Allan and he leaves behind Elise Gunter Foley (David), David Gunter, Jesse Shackelford, Jack Shackelford, Andrea Decker-Horz Underwood (Dave), Melissa Decker-Horz, Laura Feild, and Anne Feild.  He also leaves nephews, Miller Steadley (Lissa), Scott Steadley (Julie), and Blackstone Bateman (Amber).  Allan was so looking forward to the birth of his great-granddaughter Foley in January 2022!

Allan thoroughly enjoyed mentoring, teaching, and his children would agree, he loved giving advice!  He was an adjunct professor at many universities throughout his career, particularly the University of Michigan and towards the later years, at the College of the Desert, in Palm Desert, CA where he and Suzy moved to in 1985.    

Sports played a huge part of his entire life eventually spending half the year at The Palm Desert Racquet Club and the other half in Winter Park, CO, and enjoyed many friends and family playing tennis and snow skiing!

He served on the board of directors of Healthy Family Foundation, The Palm Springs Writers Guild, Senior Service League of the Desert, and Palm Desert Tennis Club all in CA, as well as the California Senior Legislature. He was also a member of Homestead Country Club, PV, KS, and the Arlberg ski club, Winter Park, CO.

Allan announced the starters on the 1st tee for the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic PGA golf tournament for fifteen years.

He was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church while living in Kansas City and was an active member at Desert Springs Church in Palm Desert, CA.  After moving back to Kansas City 4 years ago, he attended the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.

His friends and family will miss him but are comforted in sharing memories. We would love for you to share a memory with us here.


Celebration of Life will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 11 E 40th St. Kansas City, MO 64111 on Tuesday, Oct. 12th at 4:30 pm, reception at the church immediately after. 

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations if desired to  and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at


  1. Julie McFarland on October 17, 2021 at 7:20 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Suzy, Tammy and the entire family! ~ Julie A. McFarland, Jeff and Duncan McGough

  2. Sarajane Steadley on October 12, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Allan was a terrific brother-in-law to my husband Al and me. He brought so much vim and vigor into our lives whenever we were with him. I will miss hearing his voice – speaking and singing. We greatly enjoyed his sense of humor and goodwill. Allan was generous and kind, a great example to us of Christian living. It is comforting to know that he is in Heaven enjoying the Presence of the Lord.

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