Von L. Allen

  • Born: April 2, 1964
  • Died: January 10, 2019
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705

Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

Von L Allen (aka Paul Vaughan) was born April 2, 1964, becoming the third child in what would ultimately be a family of four boys. He died January 10, 2019 after a sudden decline in health.

During his early years, his fun-loving spirit and quirky sense of humor endeared him to his family and friends in Long Island, New York. He was especially close to his Italian immigrant grandmother who lived with the family, and from whom he learned to cook and sew. The family was always vibrant, with music being a shared love, and it quickly became apparent that Von was gifted with musical talent.

With this foundation, Von ventured across the country, always curious and open to possibilities. He lived in Oregon, California, Colorado and New Mexico before settling in Austin, Texas. He held nearly as many jobs, some mundane, but always drawn to work as an expression of creativity. He found exactly that at the Registrar's Office at UT Austin, eventually becoming a production designer for the Office of the President for UT Austin.

Although he found a career that he loved, Von was never content without exploring other avenues that appealed to his creative nature and vast intellect. To his mother's great exasperation, despite his hours of education, Von never used them to gain advanced degrees. Some of the hobbies that he explored included photography, cooking, illustration, music, movies, and cobbling. Von was also fluent in American Sign Language, and became very active within the deaf community in Austin.

One of his greatest loves was always music, whether listening to it or actively creating it. As a child, Von learned piano and violin, but the list of instruments he played included saxophone, guitar, harp, ukulele, recorder, trumpet, drums, and recently whistles. He also loved singing, especially with his church.

Throughout his life, Von continued to enchant people with his beguiling personality, creating family wherever he went. In Austin especially, he was involved with many different groups. Of course, his coworkers were essential and he loved them like family. While there are too many to name, Annamaria Sergi and Daytha Hulion were especially close. Both also shared Von's spiritual nature.

Von was very close to the congregation and pastors, both Bishop Harris and Pastor Nixon at Freedom Temple Pentecostal Church. They were essential in taking care of his body and soul in the latter days of his life. Of course, Von was also very close with his actual family. Even though he lived across the country, he spoke with his mother, Ina, daily. He lived closest to his brother and sister-in-law, Andrew and Velvet, and delighted in being an uncle to Hailey and Lucas, and visiting was a chance for all to play.

He is preceded in death by his father, James L. Vaughan. He is survived by his mother Santina (Ina)Vaughan; brothers Peter Vaughan, Andrew Vaughan, and Mark Vaughan; sisters-in-law Cathy, Velvet, and Casey; nieces and nephews Hailey, Grace, Gavin, Muriel, Lucas, and Phoebe; and many other loving family and friends.

He is greatly loved and will be missed.


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

Family Album