Allen was born on November 10, 1944, in Harriman, Tennessee to Woodroe & Imogene Jett who preceded him in death. After graduating from Midway High School in 1963 he set out for Washington DC where he found a job working with the FBI. In 1963 Allen joined the United States Navy and served his country for seven years. Following his Navy career, he worked in the insurance industry for a few years before deciding to return to college to earn his degree at the age of 35. After graduating he moved his family to Austin, Texas to work for Texas Instruments. Allen worked at several different companies in Austin as an Electrical Engineer before retiring in 2006. Allen and Patricia moved to Seguin following his retirement.
One of Allen’s dreams was to become a pilot, which he accomplished in 1995. This led to quite a few adventures for Allen and Patricia. Later in life at 74 years of age, after building a house and getting settled in Seguin, Allen also earned his Amateur Extra Ham Radio License where he loved making connections both locally and around the world. He especially enjoyed communicating with Morse code. Allen treasured his friendships with the local Ham Operators group.
He is survived by his dear wife of 59 years, Patricia Jett, and his children, Pam Swanks and husband, William, Greg Jett and wife, Elisa; grandchildren, Ashley Cotton and husband Rick, Clay Swanks and fiancée Bailey, Logan Raby; great-grandson, Trip Cotton; his siblings, James Jett and wife Linda, Dennis Jett, Carolyn Huffstettler and husband, Arlan, Fred Jett, and wife Robin; numerous nieces and nephews.
It was very important to Allen that Christ be glorified through his illness and death. The family requests any donations be made in Allen’s name to any of the following: The Gideons International, The First Baptist Church in Seguin, Texas, or, Cedar Fork Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Tennessee.
Services are planned both in Seguin, Texas, and, Philadelphia, Tennessee. A memorial service is planned at the First Baptist Church in Seguin, Texas on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Brice Mandaville officiating. A reception will follow. For those who desire, the services will be live-streamed at https://vimeo.com/event/3474198.
Allen will be laid to rest at Cedar Fork Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Tennessee. The family will receive friends on Monday, June 12, 2023, at 10 a.m. at Cedar Fork Baptist Church. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. followed by interment services.
Kyker Funeral Home in Sweetwater is honored to assist the Jett Family.