Jack Morris Allen


December 5, 1924 - October 21, 2013

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Jack Morris Allen

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend Jack Morris Allen left this world to be with God on October 21, 2013, at the age of 88 at Longhorn Village in Austin, Texas.

Jack was born in Perryton, Texas on December 5, 1924, to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Rice Allen in their home. He loved his days spent in the Perryton schools, where he played all the sports and was “Best All Around Athlete” his junior year. He began college at the University of Texas in 1942, but left in March of 1943 to join the Army. He became a radio operator and served in England during WWII. He was assigned to Advanced Headquarters of the 9th Air Force, serving in France, Luxembourg, and Germany. After the war, Jack returned to UT where he completed his law degree and met and married his wife of 66 years, Marguerite (Rita) Howell from Sonora, Texas. After graduation, they returned to Perryton where he practiced law and was elected County Attorney in 1950. Jack was highly involved in the community and was recognized as “Outstanding Young Citizen” by the Jaycees, “Citizen of the Year” by the Chamber of Commerce, “Workhorse of the Year” by the Kiwanis Club, and was awarded the “Perryton Gold Star Citizen” by the First National Bank of Perryton, now FirstBank Southwest. After being elected to the Perryton School board, he served as president. As a member of Perryton’s First United Methodist Church, he became Sunday School Superintendent for several years.

Jack’s interest in the oil and gas industry led him to discontinue his law practice and devote his full efforts to the oil business. He established Alpar Resources, Inc. with Johnye Allen Voiles and Dick Parker after the death of Jack’s brother, Bill Allen in 1969. Jack was active in Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association (PPROA) and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), serving as President of both organizations and testifying in front of Congress about various issues important to the industry. Mr. Allen was also a member of the National Petroleum Council and the All-American Wildcatters Association. He had the privilege of introducing Ronald Reagan at an IPAA conference in California and met with several US Presidents regarding the industry. In 1982, Jack received one of the industry’s highest honors, being named “Chief Roughneck,” and he was recognized as a “Living Legend” by PPROA in 2004.

Feeling that a good education was important for all, he gave scholarships to high school graduates to encourage them in their pursuit of an education. He also helped establish the Allen Campus for Frank Phillips College in Perryton.

Jack loved to fly, golf, fish, hunt, and ski. He taught all of his children and grandchildren, as well as many others, to ski at Red River and Angel Fire, New Mexico. He spent many years in Angel Fire during the summer and in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, during the winter.

He is survived by his loving wife, Rita, his sister, Mary Kathryn (Kackie) Ellenwood, his children, Kay Ferrell and husband Bob of Garland, TX, Nancy Bowdre of Rowlett, TX, Suzanne Willis and husband Barry of Perryton, and Brent Allen and wife Pat of Perryton. His surviving grandchildren are Elise Ferrell Hart (Michael), Charlotte Willis (Tony DiPiazza), Stephanie Ferrell Hines (Matt), Heather Bowdre, Kristen Bowdre, and Shelby Allen. His great-grandchildren are Ethan Dean Hart, Collin Hart, Addison Hines, Austin Hines, and Gabriel Dean Willis DiPiazza. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jack was preceded in death by his parents Judge Jack Rice Allen and Kathryn Wood Allen, grandson Dean Allen Willis, and brother Bill Allen.

A family visitation will be on Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 25, at First United Methodist Church of Perryton, 321 S. Baylor, at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Pathways Program of the Ranger Academic Enrichment Foundation, Box 179, Perryton, TX, 79070, the Dean Allen Willis Foundation, Box 1046, Perryton, TX 79070, or your favorite charity.