He got a lot of joy out of this little daily routine.
As father of six children ranging in age from 4 to 22, Ted Allen spent many hours coaching youngsters in basketball and soccer. An avid gardener, he took great pride in his lawn care and vegetable crops at his Norman home. Allen, 48, was an urban planner for U.S. Housing and Urban Development. When he died April 19, Allen was writing state-by-state regulations for homeless housing programs. A graduate of East Tennessee State University, Allen attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He served as planner for local governments in Alabama and North Carolina before joining HUD in Dallas. Transferred to Oklahoma City in 1980, Allen left HUD in 1982. He spent eight years as city planner in Moore before rejoining HUD four years before the bombing.