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Allen Damron Allen Wayne Damron passed away at his home in Terlingua, Saturday, Aug. 13th. The well-know entertainer and his wife Marie had been living in the Big Bend since the late eighties. He was born in the Rio Grande Valley near Raymondville on March 1, 1939. His father, a ranch foreman, played the guitar was an early inspiration to him. After finishing high school in Raymondville where he was an honor student and an Eagle Scout, Allen turned down an appointment to West Point to attend Lon Morris Junior College and study drama. He later attended the University of Texas at Austin before embarking on a remarkable career as a performer. His most recent business card listed his occupation as singer, songwriter, musician, storyteller, historian, cowboy poet, humorist, author, and actor. He performed before live audiences world-wide and his professional credits include 30 records, tapes, and CDs, appearances in 11 movies, including "Alamo the Price of Freedom", 10 T.V. commercials, and a one-man show "Hondo Crouch, the Mayor of Luckenbach". He was recently featured in the book "Famous Texas Folklorists and Their Stories" by Jim Gramon. Damron and was one of the co-founders of the Kerrville Folk Festival and a regular performer at the Texas Folklife Festival. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the Texas Arts Commission, American Federation of Musicians, Tejas Storytelling Association, National Storytelling Association, Texana Living History Association, Western Music Association, the North American Folk Alliance, and was a life-long member of the NRA. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife Marie, hundreds of friends in the Big Bend, and thousands of friends and fans across the country. Surviving family members include Mona Sizer, Esther Damron, Jack Damron, Denise Bindell, A.Y. Damron, Mildred Hearn. A memorial service will be held for Damron on Saturday, Aug. 27th, at Miss Tracy s in Terlingua Ghost Town, beginning at noon. A potluck meal will follow. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Allen s name to the Big Bend Youth Club, Terlingua Fire and EMS, Inc., or directly to the family to help offset medical expenses c/o Allen Damron, Box 412, Terlingua, TX 79852.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Aug. 24, 2005
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