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Curtis Edward Allen

Curtis Edward Allen

Nov. 14, 1961-Jan. 6, 2022


Curtis Edward Allen, 60, passed away of natural causes at his home in North Port, Florida.

Curt was born in Crawfordsville, to Cliston (Eddie) and Marilyn Seybold Allen.

He married Debbie Jones Allen of New Market on May 24, 1986.

Curt is survived by his wife and parents. Also surviving are brother and sisters, Brad (Linda) Allen, Cindy (John) Roberts, Pam (Terry) Stephens, Sally (Brian) Delks and Kelly (Mike) Cain, all of Crawfordsville; father-in-law Royce (Marsha) Jones; mother-in-law Sue Jones; sister-in-law Nancy Leonard (Mike Zeller); and nephews and nieces, Chadd (Misty) Cassida, Candice Cassida Cox, Heidi (Marc) Bonwell, Brandon (Stephanie) Allen, Megan (Jeremy) Shaw, Haley Roberts Beach, Casey (Rebekah) Delks, Tyler (Haley) Delks, Micah (Larissa) Delks, Whitney (Clayton) Muller, Chloie (Trevor) Storms, Abraham Cain, Corbin (Morgan) Leonard and Ethan (Macie) Leonard.

Curt was a 1980 graduate of Southmont High School and a 1984 magna cum laude graduate of MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where he played basketball. He was the Academic Athlete of the Year in 1983 and 1984.

Before starting his career as a basketball coach, Curt worked at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, the Indianapolis Colts and the Pan American Games.

After his family, basketball was Curt’s passion. He was a graduate assistant basketball coach at Western Illinois University. An assistant basketball coach under Head Coach Mac Petty at Wabash College. Head basketball coach at North Montgomery High School, where in 1999, they won their first sectional title since 1984. After moving to Florida, he taught at North Port High School, where he was head basketball coach 2007-2013, with over 100 career wins. He was inducted to the North Port Athletic Hall of Fame in 2021. Along with his family, Curt leaves behind many beloved players, students and friends.

As everyone who loves Curt knows, one of his claims to fame was playing his part in in the movie “Hoosiers” on the opposing Dugger Bulldogs team.

The Kenny Chesney song “Coach” is the perfect embodiment of who Curt was and how he will always be remembered.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Friday at Burkhart Funeral Home, Crawfordsville. Services will begin at 1 p.m., after which he will be laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery South.

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