July 30, 1957 – April 14, 2019
Philippe passed away on April 14, 2019 in Bend, a resident since 1992. He was born to James and Jacqueline Mallen in Los Angeles on July 30, 1957. Raised by his Aunt and Uncle in Santa Monica, it was there he fell in love with the hospitality/restaurant business.
Philippe attended Willamette University in 1976, and was a member of Beta Theta Pi—thrilled to be part of a lifelong brotherhood. He transferred and graduated from Ithaca College. Then onto Michigan State to pursue a master’s degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management. It was there he met Ruth Raseman and they started their whirlwind tour of Puerto Rico, Paris and San Francisco in the hospitality business.
Frenchy entered the music industry as a music engineer and song writer in San Francisco, where he worked with luminaries including Gregg Allman, Night Ranger, John Lee Hooker and Tower of Power. Ruth and Philippe were married in her hometown of Gull Lake, Michigan in 1987. When the Mallens moved to Bend, they purchased Wall Street Storage.
Frenchy opened a recording studio, Mallen Music Ranch near Sisters, and produced many jingles for local businesses. He also recorded students in the Americana Music Project. A talented singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer, he was active in the Central Oregon music scene for many years. He wrote and recorded “Star of the Starry Night,” a song honoring Nicolette Larson. Helping people was his mission in life...he had a big heart and loved to make people laugh.
As he wrote in one of his songs, “…me oh my, how time flies.”
A celebration of life is pending.
Memorial donations can be made in memory of Phillippe Mallen to the music programs in the Sisters School District through the Sisters School’s Foundation. To donate online, visit http://ssd6.org/ssf/donatenow/