Bobby J. Allen
Longtime resident, community leader and politician Bobby J. Allen passed away Wednesday night November 23, 2016 at his home with his wife and daughter by his side. Bobby had been plagued with heart issues and diabetes for most of his adult life but had never let that stop him from trying to be of service in many varied capacities to his town, state and fellow residents. He thrived on feeling like he was being useful and helping someone or to further some cause that he thought would benefit the community in some way.
Bobby was born in Mangum, Oklahoma on November 8, 1942 To James W. (Jay) and Ruth Allen, he was 74 years old.
Bobby was married to Margaret I. (Maggie) Torres on July 25, 1964 and they had recently celebrated their 52nd Wedding Anniversary.
Bobby is survived by his wife, Maggie Allen of T or C; his daughter, Windy M. Barnes of T or C; his sister and her husband, Belinda and John Brown of T or C; his grandsons, Sgt. Sean M. Barnes of Moron, Spain and Mike Ward of Alamogordo; his granddaughter, Tyanna Sullivan of Texas; also five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his aunts – Trula Allen of Florence, Arizona and Virginia Spears of Lovington, NM; daughter-in-law, Deborah Vance and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Bobby is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law and their spouses – Ruben (Diane) Torres of Georgia; Mike (Cindy) Torres of Elephant Butte; Sophie (Punk) Culver of T or C; Rita (Bob) Johnston of Elephant Butte.
Bobby was preceded in death by his mother and father, Jay and Ruth Allen; his son, Mikel T. (Allen) Vance; his granddaughter, Mindy S. Barnes; his father and mother-in-law, Ruben and Ida Torres; and his grandparents and many beloved aunts and uncles.
Bobby and his family moved to T or C in the late fifty’s to take over a coin-operated amusement equipment business his father had purchased. Bobby is an Alumni of HSHS.
He served in the New Mexico National Guard from 1957 to 1964, then went into the United States Army where he was ultimately discharged 4-F due to medical problems.
Over the years, he and his wife owned and operated a number of businesses and during those years he became involved in politics and got involved in all different types of clubs and organizations.
Over the years, he served as Democratic Party Chairman; served as a T or C City Commissioner for 12 years; Mayor pro-tem for two of those years; Mayor for four years and a Sierra County Commissioner for four years. He served on the Municipal League for four years and the Governors Criminal Justice Commission for four years.
He has served as a volunteer firefighter over the years on different departments and was currently a member of the Lakeshore Fire Department. He was a Charter Member of the Sierra County Rescue Squad; President of Elephant Butte Recovery Rescue Team; member of Sierra County Rescue (SAR); has been an Auxiliary member and Sergeant of the T or C Police Department; also served six years with the Sierra County Sheriff’s Department Auxiliary; Charter Member of the Moose Lodge No. 2050; Charter Member of the Elk’s Lodge No. 2750; Member of the Eagle’s Lodge No. 4101; American Legion Post No. 44; Charter Member of Chapter 5 Legion Riders and a Member of the Jaycee’s and the Rotary Club.
He has been president and served on both the T or C Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra County Economic Development Organization (SCEDO). Was a founder of the T or C Raceway; President of the t or C Remote Control Park; a member of the Trap Club; Life Member of Geronimo Springs Museum; President of the NM Coin Operator’s Assn; and a member of the NM Gaming Board; a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and along with other concerned citizens of T or C, helped to create and served on the first volunteer ambulance service to the community. There isn’t room to add all the other organizations he has been involved with over all these years.
The last and dearest to his heart was his approximate 15 years, 7 days a week devotion to the acquisition, building and completion of both the Veterans Memorial park and the Hamilton Military Museum. In the beginning and over the many years, many people were involved in helping to bring this project to fruition, but out front continually spending countless hours and much of his own money, he made phone calls, sent paperwork, visited clubs and organizations trying to raise donations and support to get the project off the ground.
With almost no funding to furnish the museum, he took what little money they had for that purpose and drove to Las Cruces in his own truck to buy supplies to bring back so he could build display racks and wall displays, etc. He used his own cell phone to track down anyone willing to donate floor displays and collections to put in the museum. He got donations of money and materials wherever he could to make it as nice as possible, something the community could be proud of and he and Maggie spent hours driving to wherever they could to get anything donated to the park or museum, and over the year’s hours on the phone putting together the Veterans Day events, etc. Every hour he, his wife, daughter and many, many volunteers have put in at the Park/Museum was as an unpaid volunteer. And they were proud and happy to do so and continue to do so. He appreciated everyone’s help so much.
He loved the Park/Museum so much and his last wish was to live long enough to see the completion of converting the Wall from the metal to granite so that it would live a long and beautiful life long after he was gone. While he worked with Rep. Diane Hamilton to get the money to fund the replacement of the Wall, he did not make it quite long enough to see the completion, for that we will always be sorry it meant so much to him. We hope who come after him will make sure it gets completed properly and then his family, the community and hopefully him watching down from Heaven, will be forever proud of what he and many wonderful people over the years helped create for our beloved community.
Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Celebration Service will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with Celebrant, Rev. Marcos O. Reyna officiating. Rite of Committal and Inurnment will be at the Vista Memory Gardens Cemetery. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers are Sgt. Sean Barnes, Mikel Ward, Buddy Denton, David Garcia, Paul Bustamante, Tom Schalkofski, Mike Torres, Ruben Torres, Punk Culver, Bob Johnston, Walter Armijo, John Brown, Donald Hearn and Casey Jones. Following the services, there will be a reception for friends and family to be served at the Church Hall and everyone is welcome. For online memorial messages, please visit www.kirikosfamilyfuneralhome.com Arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. & Sierra Crematory, LLC, 303 N. Cedar St.-T or C, NM 87901