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Allen Evrett Doby Jr.
1934 - 2018
BORN
1934
DIED
2018
FUNERAL HOME
Angelus Funeral Home
3875 South Crenshaw Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
October 26, 1934 - June 2, 2018 Allen Evrett Doby, Jr. was born in Hollandale, MS on October 26, 1934. He was the only child born to the union of Allen and Carrie Pruitt Doby, Sr. His father was a widower with four children, and Allen, Jr. was blessed with four siblings: Andrew Lee Doby, Maurice Doby, Sr.,Geneva Heard and Atleda Doby. All preceded him in death. In 1946, the family moved to Los Angeles, near the historic Watts Towers. After graduating from Dorsey High School, Allen attended Compton College. He enlisted in the US Army for almost three years, receiving an honorable discharge. He continued his education at Compton College, graduating in 1959. He later received his BS degree from CA State University Northridge. He then went to work for the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department. During his 19-year tenure, he was promoted to District Director, a remarkable achievement for a Black man of that era. He retired from LA County in 1975 and became the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Compton. While working full time in recreation, he also volunteered as a Reserve Police Officer, starting in 1977. He served for 24 years and retired, as a Lieutenant, in 2000. Allen was the consummate professional. In each of his park locations, he implemented his signature project, the Catalina Island camping trip for inner city kids. On the front pages of the newspaper in 1980, Allen made history. He was named Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Santa Ana, the first African American department head in Orange County. His hard work earned him a promotion to Executive Director of the Community Service Agency for Santa Ana, the pinnacle of his career. He was responsible for the parks, Santa Ana Zoo, Eddie West Stadium, senior citizen center, library, Bowers Museum and the cable TV station, where he hosted and aired his own show. Allen was a prominent and beloved leader in the community, admired for his trailblazing approach to change things for the good of all people. After a stellar career, spanning over 40 years, he retired in 1996. A legend in his own time, Allen was a fearless civil rights advocate and dedicated to serving the community. Throughout his life, he was a mentor to many young men and women, guiding them through their personal and professional lives. He was a charter member of the National Parks and Recreation Ethnic Minority Society and served as President. He was also a member of numerous other community and professional service organizations, including: Compton Retired Police Association, Parks and Recreation Committees of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, CA, National Forum of Black Public Administrators and the National Parks and Recreation Association, where he was elected to the Board for two terms. He was the recipient of countless awards including: Who's Who in Black America, NRPA Professional of the Year, Orange County NAACP Man of the Year and CAPR Administrator of the Year. Early in his life, Allen was a member of the Friendly Friendship Baptist Church. He later became a devout Episcopalian, beginning at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Watts. In 1981, he joined the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, Santa Ana, CA. In 2016, Allen completed his autobiography, entitled: "The Parks & Recreation Rebel of the Inner City." It is a compelling story about a Black man's journey to executive management in a world extremely challenging for African Americans. A very passionate and inspirational leader, he was determined to overcome the obstacles. It is an amazing success story…from rural Mississippi in the 1930s to Southern California. On June 2, 2018, Allen peacefully joined his angels in heaven, surrounded by his loving family. He knew his work had truly made a difference to so many people. To cherish his memory, Allen leaves behind his loving wife, Juanita R. Doby and a devoted daughter, Allana A. Mitchell. Also cherishing his memory is a host of devoted nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins and friends. Services: 6/6/18 – Visitation 4-7pm at Angelus Funeral Home, 3875 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 6/9/18 – Celebration of Life,12:00 pm at Messiah Episcopal Church, 614 Bush St., Santa Ana, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to: Messiah Episcopal Church.
Published by Los Angeles Times on Jun. 5, 2018.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jun
6
Visitation
4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Angelus Funeral Home
3875 South Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Jun
9
Celebration of Life
12:00p.m.
Messiah Episcopal Church
614 Bush St., Santa Ana, CA
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Bill Baker
Friend
June 1, 2020
I am truly sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort give you peace and strength during this difficult time. Psalms 29:11.
September 10, 2018
My condolences to his wife, family and friends. He was a friend indeed and a great man.
Sharon Stegall
Friend
June 24, 2018
Sharon Stegall
June 24, 2018
We will miss you, Uncle Allen. Thank you for being so good to our Aunt Nita and our cousin Allana. You were a fun guy, who really enjoyed life. You were always fun to be around. Rest easy.
Kara, Clint, Kayla and Karrington.
Kara Miles Turner
Family
June 13, 2018
My condolences to his wife Juanita and family.I met Allen
through my wife's relative.Later I would run into Allen
at our Harbor College Hall of fame annual event.The more
I learned of this man the more I respected and admired
him.Allen helped untold people in their pursuit in life.From
refereeing to administrative wise lending a helping hand.
I could only hope to help others like Allen.R.I.P.
Ricky Terrell
June 12, 2018
I had the pleasure of serving with Allen as a Department Director at the City of Santa Ana. Despite the many challenges of working in a high visibility environment, his sense of humor, team spirit and positive outlook on life, made working for a public agency interesting and rewarding. He will be missed by the many people that he touched.

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Vaya con Dios .....
Alex Sanchez
June 9, 2018
Congratulations to Allen for a life well-lived and a legacy well-established. Juanita and family members, please be comforted by the memories of the richness he brought to your lives and by your pride in the many lives he touched. He was a true blessing to the world. My prayers are with you.
Kelly Montgomery
Friend
June 8, 2018
Allen was a an admired professional Recreator who was my first boss at LA County Department of Parks and Recreation where I worked 6 years before serving in the Army as Special Services Officer. We met again in OC where he was Parks and Recreation Administrator and I was developing my business Senoj American African Flags in Garden Grove. We often crossed paths in the community at Black History Parade events, Blues Concerts, NAACP Awards and he was always with a big smile and warm welcoming words. He continues to an inspiration to me.
Beatrice Jones
Coworker
June 7, 2018
After a life well-lived. Rest In Peace, Friend!
Pearl and Bill Baker
William Baker
June 7, 2018
Condolences to the Doby family. He was a remarkable man. A leader of men and respected by all. We will miss him. Rest in Peace my brother. A job well done.
James Lewis
Friend
June 7, 2018
Blessings to Juanita and the family of a truly great man!
He definitely made a difference in a sometimes difficult world!
Marlene Dyce
June 7, 2018
Sorry to here of the passing of Allen Doby. He was a mentor and great friend. He will always be remembered for breaking barriers for the many minority professionals that followed him.
Ralph Davis
Friend
June 7, 2018
beatrice jones
June 7, 2018
May God bless you and your family. You were truly a remarkable man who has left a glowing legacy behind. I am proud to have known, worked with, and learned from you.
Frederick Reynolds
Coworker
June 7, 2018
Mr. Doby was such a great leader. He helped me during a very difficult time in my life and I will never forget how he sat me down and scolded me on some life lessons. My sincere condolences to the family and may God continue to comfort you during this time of sorrow.
Richard Wright
Coworker
June 7, 2018
Allen Doby, our dearest friend who will be deeply missed. May he rest in peace and our prayers and love to Juanita and all of his family.
Marie and Richard Dixon
Friend
June 7, 2018
Marie Dixon
June 6, 2018
My mentor , loving friend. You will be missed Don Doby mi amigo.
Belem SOLIS
Friend
June 6, 2018
Nita, Allana and Family:
God knows how devoted and loving you have been. You and Allen were so much fun when we met last year in Charlottesville. May God bless you as you remember and believe in the Lord to see Allen in Paradise.
Frank and Irene Bland
June 6, 2018
Sincere condolences to the family, May you lean on the arm of God each and every morning as you cope with the dear loss in your life - Isaiah 33:2
BRY
June 6, 2018
Ted and Lowanna Owens and the Lorinzer Clark family extend sympathy to the Doby family. God Bless you all.
June 5, 2018
It was a real pleasure to get to know this wonderful man as we served together at Messiah. Alan will truly be missed.
Timothy Walker
June 5, 2018
May you Rest In Peace Mr. Doby.
Virginia Adame
June 5, 2018
Thank you for everything Mr. Doby.
Leon Raya
June 5, 2018
Allen is already greatly missed. He will be greatly remembered by me as a very loyal standup kind of man as shown by his demonstration of love for his dear mother all through her health challenges. - Yvonne Wiley-Webb
yvonne wiley-webb
June 5, 2018
June 5, 2018
My former neighbor in Newport Beach and fellow LA Clippers fan was a wonderful and talented man and I will truly miss him. Deepest condolences to Juanita and the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Thomas and Paula Fisher Jr
June 5, 2018
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