We regret to announce the passing of Jeff Allen on May 19, 2009, a true friend, father, and spiritual leader. He was born May 29, 1964.

Jeff was a blessing in life who laid a solid spiritual foundation for his family, his friends and for his community. Humble by nature, a gifted musician, songwriter, and performer, he had a talent for bringing out the best in every situation. His laughter was contagious. His sheer joy in living within everyday situations illuminated the darkest of days. Jeff was our inspiration of what we could be.

He leaves us now with the blessing of having loved and known him, of having our lives made better by his friendship, his love and his presence.  Our world is a little darker without him.

Jeff joined Baylor Waxahachie as marketing director in Oct. 2007, from Allen House Creative, where he was owner since 1998. Prior to Allen House, Jeff was with Tenet Health Care System. Jeff worked for Baylor Health Care System from 1987 to 1997 in various roles as market research manager, community hospital marketing manager at Baylor Garland, product manager and creative services manager.

Jeff entered college on a baseball scholarship to Texas Tech University.  He transferred to Southwestern University in Georgetown to continue his college baseball career. He received his bachelor’s of business arts degree in finance from Southwestern.

Jeff was a life-long resident of Waxahachie with knowledge of the community, civic and business relationships of Ellis County.

Jeff is preceded in death by his grandparents, Evelyn and McDuffy Allen Jr., and Clara and Alvin Brown. He is survived by his loving family – his wife, Melissa; his children, Anna, Emily, Jacob, Nathan and Sarah; his parents, Mack and Jo Ann Allen, of Waxahachie; a brother, David Allen, of North Richland Hills; and a sister, Kristi Baxter, of Palmer. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial celebration was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at Waxahachie Bible Church under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home. A tax-deductible fund is being established at Citizens National Bank to assist the family.

They say you want to leave a place better off than you found it. Because of his many contributions, Jeff did just that. He knew his purpose in life, and he lived his life accordingly.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home.