A scholarship fund has been established in memory of an East Texas journalist who died in a car accident on June 17.

Mark Allen, Emmy-award winning East Texas journalist and missionary, died on June 17 in El Paso while on his way to visit his parents in Yuma, Arizona. He was 54 years old.

“Many people around the world have asked how we can remember Mark’s legacy, and his family and friends decided to create the Mark W. Allen Memorial Scholarship,” said Jeff Brady, anchor at KENS-TV in San Antonio and best friend of Allen. “It will assist a high school student from Texas who’s interested in TV, film or journalism so we can reduce the cost of college tuition for a student with talent and potential.”

The fund has been setup through the East Texas Communities Foundation. Visit www.etcf.org and under the donation tab, click on the select a fund box and in the drop-down menu find the Mark W. Scholarship Fund.

Allen was in the journalism world his entire career, starting as a videographer at KYMA. Throughout his career he produced many programs for the law enforcement and fire, EMS networks with Westcott Communications and Primedia in Dallas, and won a Texas Associated Press award for best feature series. He also:

  • Directed, produced and wrote the 2001 critically-acclaimed film The Riff.
  • Directed, produced and was the cinematographer for The Wacky World of Bruce Berry, for which he received an Emmy.
  • Covered major events including hurricane damage along the Texas Gulf Coast.

He most recently worked as Creative Services Director here at KYTX until 2015 when he joined Good News Productions, International as the Project Nomad Coordinator. He traveled all around the world teaching others how to use technology so they could spread the gospel in their communities.

Allen is survived by his wife, Lorri; his parents, Bobby and Nancy of Yuma; his in-laws Epsie and Darrell Vaughter of Kingsville, and many other family members and friends. He also loved his dogs: Buffy, Sandy, Bandit and Patch.

A private memorial service was held in his honor in Tyler.