Condolence & Memory Journal

Not a day has passed that Von has not been in my thoughts. We were one what I considered to be "kindred spirits". I was saddened to hear he has left us but know that Von will make an impact wherever he has gone. My condolences.

Posted by Albert Van Kleeck - Smithfield, NC   February 16, 2019

Just wanted to add my voice to the chorus and say that Von was something special. I didn't see him much outside of the office -- and now I'm envious of those who did! -- but we shared many laughs in our 20-odd years working together. Like so many others at UT, I tended to take for granted that Von was always so tireless and exacting in his work. In his modest way, he excelled at making his colleagues look better without seeking any sort of recognition for himself. And yet, he definitely marched to his own quirky beat, a quality we all found endearing. A true one of a kind, he will never be forgotten.

Posted by Jamey Smith - Austin, TX - Coworker   January 29, 2019

Von and I worked together for many years at UT Austin, and I am sad beyond words that he's gone. He had so many remarkable qualities. I admired his limitless curiosity, fearlessness, humor, and the way he threw himself heart and soul into his work, relationships, and passion du jour. I don't know anyone with more tolerance and love for people of all kinds. He was a rare and most beautiful crystal.

Posted by Maria Nehring Nehring - Austin, TX - Friend   January 24, 2019

I send my sincere condolences to the family and dear friends of Bro. Von Allen. I met Bro. Von while visiting Austin, Texas and The Freedom Temple Pentecostal Church and he was so warm and welcoming. I truly believed he never met a stranger and was willing to share his kindness and generosity to everyone he met. He will be truly missed and I pray everyone he touched finds strength during this time. May God bless the Allen and Freedom Temple Church family.

Posted by Demetris Westerfield - IL - Friend   January 17, 2019

I always enjoyed Von's easy smile and unique wit. He was a pleasure to work with at the University, even keel and professional. He was certainly much too young to leave this world and I feel lucky that our paths crossed though he has moved on now toward something great.

Posted by Martha King - Austin, TX - Coworker   January 17, 2019


What a great picture of a wonderful and gentle soul. Gone from this earth way too soon. May peace be with his family.

Posted by Melissa Ferrell - Austin, TX - Coworker   January 17, 2019

When I think of Von, I just smile. He made me laugh. He made me think. We worked together on and off for almost 14 years at UT. I feel blessed to have visited with him before Christmas and we laughed and talked about so many things. He was upbeat and hopeful for the future. Von is one of those special people with so much talent and so comfortable with who he was. He will be missed and I will always remember him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the loss of Von at such a young age. Carolyn Connerat, coworker and friend.

Posted by Carolyn Connerat - Austin, TX   January 16, 2019

I greatly enjoyed knowing Von as a colleague and friend during my years at UT. We shared many interesting conversations over the years, and I always appreciated his sense of humor and kindness. He was a jewel of a person, and was valued by all who knew and loved him. My deepest condolences to all his friends and family.

Posted by Renee Willmon - Salem, OR - Friend   January 16, 2019

Von's curiosity was inspirationaland contagious. He was always learning, creating, doing, making. He was beloved by his university family, and I know that we shall miss him bunches. Wishing his family peace.

Posted by Melissa Myer - Austin, TX - Coworker   January 16, 2019

Von never failed to bring a smile to my face and he will be greatly missed at UT. May his memory be a blessing to us all.

Posted by Kathleen Mabley - Austin, TX - Coworker   January 16, 2019

What a wonderful description of Von. Gentle and kind, with a generous spirit for all, and usually a twinkle in his eye, Von was a talented, thoughtful and trusted colleague at UT. The above photo says it all. Gone too soon, but well remembered. My consolences to his family.

Posted by Sue Leander - Austin, TX - Coworker   January 16, 2019

Sending love to Von's family and friends. He was quirky, funny, curious, smart, and gentle. In a world full of unique people, Von stood out. He was the truest of friends.

Posted by Angela Curtis - Austin, TX - Friend   January 16, 2019

I always enjoyed running into Von. He had a true interest in people, and the world around him. He was caring, interesting beyond words, intelligent and very kind. I'm so glad our paths crossed. God Speed Von.

Posted by Jonathon Storms - Dawson Springs, KY - Friend   January 16, 2019

Our condolences to the family. Praying for strength during this time of bereavement in Jesus name.

Posted by Rija Jones - Austin, TX - Friend   January 16, 2019