ALLEN, Nathan Daniel: 1947 – 2012

Nathan Daniel Allen, 64, of Manitou, Okla., died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, Okla.

Allen was born May 18, 1947, in Quanah, a son of Nathan Levi and Minnie (Sharp) Allen. He married Irellia Jones on Jan. 22, 1994, in Odell. The couple lived on Lake Frederick near Manitou for the past four years, where he enjoyed fishing and camping. Allen was known for being Santa’s helper and collecting Toys for Tots. He helped the Snyder, Okla., fire department deliver food and toys to the needy. He also was a cotton farmer for 25 years, and then went to work as a truck driver until his retirement in 2003.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1972.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; his mother; two sons, Loren “Bud” Allen and Bill Allen of Quanah; two step-daughters, Kymberli Read and Krystal Holt; a step-son, Glen “Bo” Gilliam; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.