James Fred (Jim) Allen
1940 - 2021
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James Fred (Jim) Allen

James Fred (Jim) Allen went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 2, 2021, in Harriman, Tennessee. Jim was born on July 15, 1940, in Whitt, Texas, to Wilda Odam Allen and James C. Allen. Jim was the oldest of eight siblings, including Donnie, George, Charles, Emily, Cheryl, Judy, and Kathi. He grew up mostly in Carlsbad and graduated from Carlsbad Senior High School in 1958. He started college at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, New Mexico, and completed his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He married Claudia Harrison on August 11, 1962, in Carlsbad. He later married Vivian Wallace on July 12, 1986, in Carlsbad. Jim served for a short time in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged on November 6, 1967. His work with various companies took him to South Africa, South Korea, and all over the United States, where he had a variety of jobs. He worked at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant at the time of his retirement in 2004, where he was a quality assurance engineer.

Jim loved to travel, fish, and hunt, and was active in the New Mexico Baptist Disaster Relief effort for several years before he began to have health problems. He was a deacon and ran the sound booth at First Baptist Church in Carlsbad for many years. He drove the bus for several years for The Special Olympics and was affectionately known as "Jim the Bus Driver." He loved his CARC Farm friends. He drove charter buses and the WIPP buses for many years and continued driving for charters after his retirement from WIPP. He also loved playing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Emily and Kathi, brother George, in-laws William (Bill) and Janice Wallace, and one stepdaughter, Debbie Malone. He is survived by his wife, his children Beverly Allen, James (Tammy) Allen, Bobbie (Darren) Flowers, stepdaughter Becky (Mike) Sensibaugh, 18 grandchildren (plus 7 spouses), and 13 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Donnie and Charles, sisters Judy and Cheryl, and several cousins.

Jim has been cremated per his wishes and his ashes will be scattered in the Lincoln County Mountains and in Tennessee on Becky's farm. Due to the COVID-19 situation, there will be no formal services. The family will hold small, private celebrations of his life in New Mexico and in Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Special Olympics or Noah's Ark.




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Published in Carlsbad Current-Argus from Jan. 26 to Jan. 31, 2021.
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