M.W. Ross A. Allen, G.M.

Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Colorado


Ross and his wife Beth live on a sheep ranch at Hotchkiss, Colorado. Ross was born in September of 1951 to Paul and Erma Jean Allen. Ross' folks and grand parents were historic sheep ranchers at Hotchkiss and the North Fork Valley. He grew up helping on the ranch with trailing sheep, moving and tending sheep camps, hauling hay, hauling sheep, irrigating, riding horses, packing mules, working teams of horses, building fence, branding and working cows, fishing, and playing some summer baseball. He attended the Hotchkiss schools, participated in sports and many of the organizations and graduated Hotchkiss High School in 1969. Ross went to Fort Lewis College for 3 years until an opportunity came for him to do the 2 things, he always thought he wanted to do, be a sheep rancher and marry the cutest girl in the Valley. On July 14, 1973, Ross and Elizabeth Anne Chapman were married. They have two sons, Brother John D. Allen, and Worshipful Brother, Companion, and Sir Knight Gregory M. Allen, both who are married, each have two children and also live at Hotchkiss.


Ross was raised a Master Mason by his father-in-law, Worshipful Brother and Sir Knight Donald L. Chapman at Mount Lamborn Lodge # 102 in Hotchkiss on February 1, 1977. He was elected Worshipful Master of Mount Lamborn Lodge in 1983 and has been the Secretary of the Lodge since 1984. Ross joined the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in Grand Junction in 1979 and was Coroneted a 33ยบ Inspector General Honorary in 2001. He has been head of all four Bodies of Scottish Rite in Grand Junction. He was Knighted a Sir Knight by Past Grand Commander, A. Lynn Sanburg, in 1984, was Eminent Commander of Delta Commandery in 1993, and was appointed to the Grand Commandery line by then Grand Commander, T. Thomas McKelvie in 1994. Sir Knight Ross A. Allen was installed as Right Eminent Grand Commander of Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Colorado on September 7, 2002. Ross then served the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America on the Jurisprudence Committee (2006-09), the Charters and Dispensations Committee (2009-12) , and the Finance Committee (2012-15.


Ross is proud to also belong to: Delta Chapter #38 Royal Arch Masons, Telluride Council #10 Cryptic Masons, Delta Commandery #34 Knights Templar, Pikes Peak Priory #21 KYCH, Four Corners York Rite College #171, Black Canyon Council #318 Allied Masonic Degrees, Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests, Kincora Council #8 Knight Masons, Royal Order of Scotland, and Mount of the Holy Cross Conclave Red Cross of Constantine.


Grand Master Dexter Koontz appointed W.B. Ross Allen to the progressive line of Grand Lodge as Grand Marshall in 2015. He filled and completed all 8 years of the progressive line and is looking forward to his year (2023) as Grand Master of Masons in Colorado.