ALLEN, Jack Clayton Jack Clayton Allen passed away on September 29, 2016, in Dallas, Texas. He was born, in Gainesville, Texas, on June 23, 1926, to Clay J. Allen and Lennie Henry Allen. After graduating from Denton High School, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a signalman on the USS Core (CVE-13) during World War II. After leaving the Navy, Jack graduated from North Texas State University and took a job teaching school in Edinburgh, Texas. There he met, courted, and married, on June 5, 1953, Norma Jean Reynolds. Together they raised two sons, Charles Norman and Wyatt Clay. Jack worked 32 years for Sun Oil Company and after retiring had second careers with the Campbell Soup Company and Woodcraft Supply. Jack was very active and served in numerous leadership positions in many civic organizations including the First Methodist Church Richardson. He was also a lifelong member of the Freemasons. He was an active Boy Scout leader serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 778 in Richardson and on numerous District and Circle Ten Council committees. Jack earned his fourth Woodbadge bead by serving as the Scoutmaster of several Woodbadge courses in the Circle Ten Council and at the Philmont Scout Ranch. His Scouting service was recognized with the Silver Beaver Award. Jack was an excellent woodcarver and was known for the carving classes he taught in the Dallas area as well as at the Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Joann Johnson, his brother Robert Allen, and his son Wyatt Clay Allen. He is survived by his wife Norma R. Allen, his son Charles Allen and his daughter-in-law Meg A. Allen. A memorial service will be held for Jack at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 25 at the First United Methodist Church of Richardson. Charitable contributions in his name may be made to the Circle Ten Council Boy Scouts of America or the Senior Adult Ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Richardson.
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