Ryan Dawson Allen

Born on Feb. 16, 1982

VICTORIA - Ryan Dawson Allen was born on February 16, 1982 in Fort Worth, to an individual who sought the services of the Edna Gladney Home and gave him up for adoption. He was eight days old when his proud adoptive parents brought him home.
He passed away on May 20, 2013, at his home in Victoria. He is survived by his wife, Eva Carr and their daughter, Evelyn Kay; parents, James Terry Allen and Linda Goodpaster Allen; and his sister, Robin Marie Allen. He is also survived by his grandfather, Paul A. Allen, Jr. and grandmother, Neva Goodpaster, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Evelyn Allen of Belmont and grandfather, Gordon Goodpaster of San Antonio.
Ryan graduated from Victoria High School. He was active in choir, and was a member of the track team. He demonstrated a great deal of persistence and perseverance throughout his high school years and was proud of being awarded his high school diploma.
Ryan had many passions. He loved working on cars, hunting, fishing, and any activity that kept him outdoors. This spilled over into volunteer work at The Texas Zoo, which later turned into a paying position. In this, he showed an affinity and empathy with the animals at the zoo which few others can match. The tigers showed a special affection towards him and would come to him making contented purring noises whenever he approached their cage.
After high school, Ryan worked as a forklift driver and yard hand for Patterson Drilling for several years. He then decided to serve his country and spent two years in the Army working on defense weapon maintenance. His time in the service was short due to a knee injury which led to an honorable discharge for medical necessity.
His service time, however, provided the greatest joy of his life when he married, and fathered Evelyn Kay Allen. Ryan loved Evie with all of his heart and was never so happy as when he could spend time with her, playing, talking, or just holding her while she slept. By the same token Evie was definitely a daddy's girl and would squeal with anticipation whenever she heard his voice.
Ryan overflowed with unconditional love. He was kind, sensitive and believed the best of everyone he met. He would befriend and truly care about what happened to anyone who crossed his path. He accepted everyone for who they were and spread compliments and encouragement to the blind child of a friend of his mother's, small children who needed help or just a hug, and many others who crossed his path. With his sparkling blue eyes and loving smile he made the whole world a better place for everyone he touched.
He touched many lives and those individuals will miss his ready smile, kindness, and compassion. He leaves a hole in many lives and will be sorely missed.
Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 pm. on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Grace Lutheran Church. The funeral service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 9806 NE Zac Lentz Parkway, Victoria, on Friday May 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Chris Johnson officiating. The service will be followed by interment and graveside service at the Allen Family Cemetery in Belmont, Tx.
In lieu of the usual remembrances, donations may be made to The Texas Zoo, The Gladney Center, 6300 John Ryan Dr., Ft. Worth, Tx. 76132-4122 or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements under the care of Grace Funeral Home.



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