James M. (Mickey) Allen died on November 2, 2018 at his home in New Braunfels after a long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. A Memorial service will be held on November 17, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, New Braunfels, at 10:00 a.m. If you wish to honor Jim’s memory, a contribution in his name to a Longhorn Band scholarship fund or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation would be appreciated.
Mickey, or Jim as he was known in his later life, was born on October 28, 1945 to Jimmie and Bobbie Allen in Houston, Texas. The Allen family moved to New Braunfels in September, 1949, where Jimmie Allen owned and operated Tip Top Cleaners until 1983.
He attended school in New Braunfels at Carl Schurz Elementary School, Seele Elementary School, and NB Junior and Senior high school, graduating in 1964. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance. While attending UT Austin he played tuba in the Longhorn Band and the Hi-Toppers Orchestra and continued years later playing in the Longhorn Alumni Band and the New Braunfels Community Band. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Western State University School of Law in 1975.
After graduation from college Jim received a commission in the U S Naval Reserve and was stationed at the FACSFAC in San Diego, California. He remained in the U S Naval Reserve for 19 years.
Jim was an amateur radio operator since 1959, call sign K5VET, and later W6OGC when he moved to San Diego, California. He was a life member of the American Radio Relay League. He remained an active amateur radio operator until his death.
After practicing law in California for a number of years he founded several companies in the real estate and finance industry. He retired in 2013 and moved back with Martine to New Braunfels to be close to his family and to renew acquaintances with his many high school friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James R. and Bobbie Allen of New Braunfels, and his sister Kay Conerly of Kerrville.
He is survived by his wife, Martine Cardin-Allen, and his sons James M. Allen, Jr. (Stacy) of Stuttgart, Germany and John M. Allen (Bianca) of San Diego, California, grandchildren Marea Allen and Sonja Allen also of San Diego, California, his brother Charles T. Allen (Ann) of New Braunfels, Texas and his only and beloved sister Carol Spracklen (Larry) of Arlington, Texas, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.