Dr. "Don" Donald Anderson Allen

January 26, 1953October 25, 2013

Dr. "Don" Donald Anderson Allen, 60, of Tyler died Friday, October 25, 2013.

He was born to Dr. Eugene M. and "Toben" Sarah Elizabeth Allen, January 26, 1953 in Tyler, Texas.Don graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1971 and received his Associates degree from Tyler Junior College in 1973. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in 1977 from the University of Texas at Houston. Don was married for 39 years to his wife, "Cece" Cynthia Boyle Allen.

Don practiced dentistry in Tyler for over 36 years. He considered his dedicated office staff, (Karen Hansen, Sherrie Frazier, Mary Ann Hoffman, and Rhonda Weathers) as his extended family and enjoyed his work with them. He was awarded Fellowships in both the Academy of General Dentistry and the Fellow International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics. He was a member of the Smith County Dental Society, the East Texas Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, and the American Dental Association, and was a member of the Tyler Junior College Dental Hygiene Development Task Force.

He was an active member of Green Acres Baptist Church and enjoyed the fellowship of his Sunday school class. He was an Eagle Scout and continued in leadership with the Boy Scouts of America as a leader in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and was currently a leader in Crew 369. He was an active Brotherhood member of the Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America, the Order of the Arrow. Don always enjoyed spending time with his family. He inspired others to be ready to try new things and joined in many adventurous activities with his family and friends; whether it was scuba diving, skiing, dance lessons, mission trips to Guatemala, sky diving, or running. Don always strived to be helpful and available to anyone.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Eugene Allen and his wife, Toben, of Tyler, and his older brother, Dr. David M. Allen of Capistrano Beach, Ca.

Don is survived by his wife "Cece" and two college aged children, Christin Allen of College Station, Texas and Brian Allen of Stephenville, Texas. He is also survived by two sisters of Tyler, Susan Allen Long and Sarah Elizabeth Allen Hoover and her husband, Mike Hoover, a sister in law Carol Frans Allen of Capistrano Beach, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Lloyd James Funeral Home of Tyler from 4 to 6 PM on Sunday, October 27, 2013.

Services will be held Monday, October 28, 2013 at 2 PM at the Green Acres Baptist Church chapel with Rev. Tim Roberts officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the proposed Tyler Junior College "Eugene M. Allen" Dental Hygiene Building.


  • Funeral Service Monday, October 28, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, October 27, 2013

Dr. "Don" Donald Anderson Allen

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Margaret & Cyndi Irby

November 10, 2013

We were so shocked and saddened by the passing of Dr. Allen. Our thoughts and prayers with y'all. He will surely be missed!

Jean Carr

November 7, 2013

I am so shocked and saddened to hear of Dr. Allen's passing. He was my dentist since the mid 1980's. He will be missed.

Richard Goodrich

November 7, 2013

So sorry for your lose. I know he will be greatly missed by all.

Ginger Lynch

November 6, 2013

I am so sad to have just learned about Dr. Allen. He has been my dentist since I moved to Tyler in the late 70's. He was such a compassionate dentist and will be truly missed. My heart goes out to his family and staff.

November 5, 2013

Don and his father have been my dentist since I was 5 yrs old. Will miss seeing him. God Bless his family and staff.
Laura Leake

Kelly Hitt

November 5, 2013

May God wrap his loving arms around your family during this time.

Nita Maxwell

November 1, 2013

So shocked to hear about Don. We were in school together at Hogg and REL. He was such a compassionate person--always thinking of others. He will truly be missed in the dental and faith communities.

Stephanie Laney

October 31, 2013

he was my dentist for over 20 yrs i always looked forward to seeing him. he will be greatly missed. my condolences to the family and friends.

Marsha Little

October 31, 2013

It has always been a pleasure to keep an appointment at Dr. Allen's office, to be in one of his chairs and laugh about so many things with him and his wonderful staff. There was never a dull moment. May God be with his family and friends in their sorrow.

Sophia Bright

October 31, 2013

I am shocked and heartbroken to hear of Dr. Allen's passing. He was my dentist for over twenty years, and my children's for several years as well. He was a kind, gentle, and truly wonderful person. My prayers go out to his family.