The Texas DPS trooper shot and killed during a Thanksgiving traffic stop was a man of faith and devoted member of the Central Texas community.

Trooper Damon Allen was born Oct. 4, 1976 in Morgantown, Kentucky -- the tiny seat of Butler County. But, Allen's heart was always in Texas, where he moved eight years later and lived out the remainder of his life.

He played football for the Mexia Black Cats and graduated from Mexia High School in the class of 1995. He married Kasey Pickett on Nov. 27, 1993.

"He was just a really good guy, and he's going to be missed by all of us," Kristi Beard, who graduated with Trooper Allen in 1995, told our sister-station WFAA.

After graduating high school, Trooper Allen worked briefly at the Mexia State School before spending five years employed at the Michael Unit -- the men's prison in Anderson County. He then became a state trooper, a position he held for the last fifteen years of his life.

"He never became an officer to just arrest people, Damon was an officer because he wanted to help people," Trooper Allen's friend Carlos Carter told WFAA.

In his spare time, Trooper Allen was both a hunter and fisherman, who loved riding a jeep in the dunes at the beach, according to his obituary.

His relationship with God meant a lot to him. Trooper Allen was known to attend both the First Assembly of God in Mexia, as well as the Cowboy Church in Freestone.

Trooper Allen and his wife Kasey had three daughters.

(Photo: Freestone County Sheriff's Department)

The family has asked any memorial gifts to be made to the 100 Club at 5555 San Felipe St., Ste 1750 in Houston. Click here to donate to the 100 Club online.

To donate directly to the family, visit any branch of Incommons Bank or Citizens National Bank and explain you would like to contribute to the account for Trooper Allen's Family. One hundred percent of the money in those accounts will be given to Trooper Allen's surviving family.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home located at 900 US-84 in Teague. This past Friday, dozens of law enforcement vehicles provided a 100-mile escort from Dallas to the funeral home.

Police ready to salute fallen state trooper Damon Allen, 41, who was killed in the line of duty on Thanksgiving. Photo: Greg Johnson / WFAA

A funeral service will be held Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. at the Mexia High School Football Stadium, which is located at 1000 North Bailey St. in Mexia. The interment will follow at Salem Cemetery on Freestone County Road 731 near Freestone.

Any honor guards who wish to be involved in the services, or need accommodations, should contact DPS Sergeant David Murphy at or 254-715-2712.

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