Franklin Wood Allen
December 3, 1936 - January 15, 2021
The love of our Mother's life and the world's greatest Dad and Grandpa, Franklin Wood "Woody" Allen died on January 15, 2021, in Bakersfield, CA. Dad was born at home on a farm in rural Indiana, December 3, 1936. He claimed to have been born prematurely in a home without electricity and was kept warm in a homemade incubator, the wood-fed oven. He grew up on the farm working alongside his father growing corn and soybeans.
Dad and Mom met while in high school. After graduation, Mom left for the University of Indiana and Dad joined the U.S. Army. After his military service they were married and Dad attended Indiana State earning a teaching and Master's degree in Industrial Arts. While Dad was at ISU, he was recruited by Kern High School District. Our parents loaded up their car and drove across the country to start their California dream. Dad had a long teaching career at McFarland and Highland High Schools.
Our parents built a great life in Kern County with many friends and Dad was beloved by everyone he met. He was an ardent volunteer with Kiwanis and SIR's and enjoyed the many friendships he built. Our dad was a faithful member of First Congregational Church where he frequently volunteered as an usher and committee member. You could count on our Dad to give whatever support was needed.
Dad loved to golf and he was a skilled woodworker. His neighbors will miss his bountiful garden. In retirement he relished the time spent with grandchildren and attending their activities.
Woody is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy, three children Sara Allen Thelen, Stacy Allen Mertz (Bob) and Stuart Allen (Carrie), his sister Barbara Mercer (Leon) and 8 grandchildren. After 62 years of marriage our parents loved and depended on one another. We are lucky to have witnessed an enduring love story. We miss you Dad. We hope to celebrate Dad's life once it is safe to gather in person.