Community, state say farewell to Trooper Allen
Around 2,000 attended the funeral of fallen Mexia DPS Trooper Damon Allen on Friday, Dec. 1, including an estimated 1,000 law enforcement officers from across Texas and even other states.
Also attending the ceremony were Texas Gov. Greg Abott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, State Sen. Charles Schwertner, State Rep. Kyle Kacel, State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, State Sen. John Whitmire and others.
The ceremony was held in Mexia High School’s football stadium, with most of the law enforcement officers standing for the entire hour-and-a-half service.
The keynote speaker at the funeral was the Rev. Bryan Hallmark, former pastor of one of the churches Allen attended. Hallmark thanked, on behalf of the family, those who attended the funeral to support them, describing as “overwhelming” the support, honor and brotherhood their presence represented. He then acknowledged Allen’s survivors, including wife Kasey Pickett Allen; their daughter, Chelsea Quinn and fiancé Colton and their baby, Quest; also daughters Kaitlyn and Madison; son Cameron; his parents Jimmy and Sue Allen; his brothers Ricky Allen and wife Lisa, Ernie Allen and wife Tena, and Doug Allen and wife Kristen; sister Amy Gilmore and husband Jon; mother-in-law Kathy Pickett; brother-in-law Charlie Pickett and wife Leslie; and other relatives.
Hallmark then said a prayer that set the tone for the event.
“Father, my prayer today is that we would honor this great man,” Hallmark said, “and in the mean time as doing so we honor you and your Son, Jesus, who made life possible, even after the grave. I pray that you would be with each heart here today as we mourn. Wrap your arms around each one here; give us strength as we love and honor the family and Damon today.”
The service was punctuated by recorded music that characterized Allen, including country-and-western songs like Holly Dunn’s “Daddy’s Hands” and Lonestar’s “I’m Already There”; contemporary Christian songs like the beloved modern hymn “In Christ Alone” and Carrie Underwood’s “God Blessed the Broken Road”; also contemplative songs like “Sounds of Silence,” and, as a nod to Allen’s sense of humor, light-hearted selections like Junior Brown’s “Highway Patrol” and Alan Jackson’s “Little Bitty.”
Speaking for Allen’s classmates of the Class of 1995, Kristi Beard read a poem of farewell after describing friendly interactions with Allen over the years.
“I am so grateful that I had the pleasure of knowing him,” she said, “and we are all lucky to have had him as our classmate. I know he is looking down on us today with that smile he always had.”
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