The world lost an artist and creative soul when Steven Byron Allen went home to heaven on March 29, 2022. He was born in Lubbock, Texas, on September 25, 1943, to Edward and Frances Allen. There he grew up and spent many of his childhood days chasing tumbleweeds on their West Texas farm.
Steven moved to Arkadelphia, and before he became a “professional student”, he had the opportunity to travel to New York City where he lived with his brother who was an architect. During his New York adventure, he not only worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but one of his sculptures was chosen to be on display there. When he returned to Arkansas, he earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University. While working on his degrees he was employed by Clark County as a social worker. Upon his graduation he went on to teach English and art at Hot Springs High School in Hot Springs.
An opportunity to become a Deputy Sherriff in Clark County and Police Chief of Caddo Valley Arkansas led Steven to attend the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in 1982. His work in Caddo Valley also led to him being elected Mayor for Caddo Valley for three years. He later returned to his teaching career as an art and English teacher in several public schools across Arkansas.
Steven’s continuous passion for learning and teaching led him to pursue a doctorate in Ceramics and Education at Henderson State University, where he later taught Art and Ceramics for many years. He then taught Ceramics at Texarkana Community College and East Texas State University in Texarkana, Texas. As an artist he was chosen to show pieces of his work in pottery at the Annual Delta Exhibition in Little Rock Arkansas in 2002 and 2003.
In retirement, Steven enjoyed listening to music, writing poetry, and watching vintage westerns such as Gunsmoke and any western with Audie Murphy, John Wayne, or Clint Eastwood. Of course, being a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, watching baseball was one of his favorite past times as well. He was thrilled to see them finally win the World Series in 2016, a once in his lifetime event. In Steven’s 78 years on earth, he used his talents to help people as a social worker, police officer, public school and college level educator, and to encourage and inspire others with his artistic gifts.
Steven leaves behind three children, Christopher Lee Allen, Byron Cole Allen, and Jinny Katherine Soper. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Edward Frazier Allen Jr., Mary Frances Allen, and a brother, Jon Barry Allen. He will be laid to rest at a private burial beside his father in Lubbock, Texas.