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Von L. Allen

Obituary for Von L. Allen

April 2, 1964 - January 10, 2019
Austin, Texas | Age 54


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.

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