OBITUARY

Lorenzo David Allen

April 8, 1943September 20, 2010

Lorenzo David Allen, born April 8, 1943 to Joe and Nicolasa Allen in Houston, Texas, passed away September 20, 2010 in Houston. Mr. Allen is preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by children, Juan Allen and wife Kellie, Andrea Allen, and Crystal Allen and fiancé Matthew Seeds; grandchildren, Gloria, Ashley, and Marcello Allen, and Julia Delarosa; his “Mama Bear” Ann Bench, and by other family and many friends.

Mr. Allen graduated from Reagan High School, and served his country proudly in the Army during the Vietnam era. He enjoyed Big Band music and dancing, and acted in a couple of plays. Lorenzo liked cooking, was an avid gardener, and for many years was an active member of the Men’s Garden Club of Houston. He was a history buff who loved telling stories. Lorenzo liked helping people, and gave everyone a nickname. He loved all animals, big or small, wild or tame. He will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 23, 2010 in the Chapel of Heights Funeral Home, where a vigil service will begin at 7:00 p.m. A graveside service with military honors will be held 9:30 a.m. Friday, September 24, 2010 in Houston National Cemetery. Those wishing to attend should meet at the cemetery in the parking lot behind the administration building by 9:15 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or a local burn center.

Arrangements under the direction of Heights Funeral Home, 1317 Heights Boulevard, Houston, Texas.

Services

  • Committal Service Friday, September 24, 2010
  • Burial Friday, September 24, 2010
  • Visitation Thursday, September 23, 2010
  • Vigil Service Thursday, September 23, 2010
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Sheri Kelley

December 2, 2010

I just heard today about Larry's death. I am so sorry that I missed his funeral and a chance to meet his family. I met Larry several years ago. He loved to dance and served on the Dance Committee for the Singles Ministry at Memorial Drive UMC. He was such a gentleman and such a good person. The world was blessed to have him while he was here. My prayers are with his family and friends, especially now during the holidays, as they grieve their loss.
Blessings always,
Sheri Kelley

andrea allen

October 4, 2010

My dad was faithful to God and very spiritual. He had a small crucifix, lit a small candle and he whispered his prayers in the darkness of dawn every morning. However, it was a chore getting my dad to go to church. The last time we went together was around 1/7/2007, the year my birthday fell on a Sunday. It was his birthday gift to me – it was all I wanted and seemed like almost too much for him to give. He dressed in an old polo shirt. I didn't care and neither did he. I was just filled with happiness when he joined me. Last night I went to the 5pm Mass and sat at the opposite side of the church than I usually do. A crazy coincidence happened. An obese Hispanic man with a clean but wrinkled polo shirt waddled up and sat 2 pews ahead of me. The man had several gestures and facial features that were similar to my dad. He had the same skin tone and thick black and grey hair. From behind, this man looked very much like my father when he was in his early to mid 50s. It was torture and I cried alot. Even more of a coincidence, I asked the usher who the man was and he replied, "Oh that's Larry. He's a real good guy. Very funny and always nice to talk to." This made me cry some more. What a coincidence. God Bless you Larry and I hope to see you in church again.

andrea allen

October 1, 2010

There were special foods my dad prepared that everyone loved. Everyone who knows my dad well has had his pancakes "hot off the griddle", his spaghetti, Thanksgiving Turkey with stuffing and he also made the most delicious sandwiches that had to be smashed down so they would fit in your mouth. They also heard his meal mantra, “Have you had enough to eat? Because no one walks away hungry from the Allen table.” I’m not sure everyone watched the meticulous care he took in preparing these meals. For example, the pancakes were ordinary - they came from a box but the mix can’t get the credit nor can anyone replicate his pancakes. My dad precisely measured all the ingredients, the mix had to be a certain temperature and he timed when the batter hit the "griddle" and watched for the time that the pancakes needed to be flipped. He took special care of things like oiling the flat pan with butter before he put the pancakes on and with oil after he finished cooking. Of course, he saw me watching him and gave a lecture on how important it was to take care of your tools so they would be in top shape and ready to perform when you needed them. He repeated this every time. He was so funny and predictable. I love him so much and hope I never forget all his wisdom and goodness.

September 30, 2010

When I lived with my dad we hung out all of the time (This was about 20 years ago). He would trick me into spending the entire day with him. There may have been 1 or 2 errands I wanted to run with him but I ended up spending the entire day running all errands. It was always fun because everywhere we stopped people knew my dad - especially store clerks. They would see him coming and greet him with a smile and have whatever it was ready for him. My dad and I stopped at curious places just to check them out. My dad knew all of the kewlest places in town that no one else seemed to know about. Around 4 or 5 years ago he said, "There is a place I'd like to show you." And we went on an adventure, just like the old days. He showed me a huge Buddhist Temple that was close to UofH. It was a magnificent temple in the middle of the chaos of South East Houston. I'm not sure how he found out about all of these places. Especially back when their was no internet. He was always stimulating the mind with fun adventures. Ever since I moved away from home I missed those adventures with dad. I'll try to keep up the old tradition dad. I miss you so much. I miss the young able bodied dad and am sorry that I wimped out on you when the diabetes, heart trouble and especially when the lymphodema took over. I hated watching you suffer and am glad you are free from that now.

Andrea Allen

September 29, 2010

My dad always gave any spare change he had to the homeless. He would go up to them, ask them their name and then say, "Joe, this isn't much but I'd like to give you this." I believe that his respect for the under-served helped far more than his pocket change. If I was there to witness my dad would always tell me the same thing, "You must help out the poor because that person you see on the street could just as easily be you. That person more than likely had a job and a family. Its a terrible thing to have lost everything." He also would say, "I don't have much but I am very blessed to have a roof over my head and food to eat." He was greatly comforted by giving to the poor. I'll never forget his words of wisdom and his depth as a person.

Glenda Porter

September 26, 2010

I worked with Larry at Transworld Mrtg. Larry was always a pleasure to be around & talk to. I will miss him sending me birthday cards via email. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten. Larry will always have a special place in my heart. My thoughts & prayers go out to Ann & Larry's family during this difficult time. May he rest in peace now that he is free of all his pain.

2LT Brian Campbell

September 24, 2010

I had the opportunity to meet Larry last year, with his daughter. Like any loving father would, he questioned me on what my intentions were with Andrea. At some point during all this the conversation turned to history, particularly about the military. This conversation went on for awhile, and I was amazed at how well read he was, and his passion for history. The last time I saw him was during his family's Christmas celebration where he was happily "working KP duty." A great guy that will be missed.

Fabian Heaney

September 23, 2010

He was a good and humble man, with a gracious and kind heart. He never let a favor go unrewarded. He was focused on life's simple pleasures and his family. His nuggets of wisdom will be missed. May God's grace be with him.

Jackie Elverud

September 23, 2010

I had the pleasure of working with Larry several years ago. He was such a gentleman, in every sense of the word. He was well liked and admired by his co-workers. I remember his infectious laugh and positive attitude. God will welcome his kind and gentle spirit with open arms. My sincerest condolences to his loving family. God Bless you all.

September 23, 2010

I had the pleasure of working with Larry several years ago. He was such a gentleman, in every sense of the word. He was well liked and admired by his co-workers. I remember his infectious laugh and positive attitude. God will welcome his kind and gentle spirit with open arms. My sincerest condolences to his loving family. God Bless you all. Jackie Elverud (Missouri City, TX)