In combination with a few recent events, including the passing of his late wife, Robin Allen, he decided it was time to head home and tend to his family.
Allen's plan for retirement is to spend time with his kids and watch them compete in sports. Although Allen isn't ready to head into his next career, he's not against the idea down the road.
“I'm not ready to jump feet first into another career, but eventually I might do something [involving] safety coordination of motor vehicles,” Allen said. “Companies are getting more safety conscious. The company has a big responsibility of making sure they're doing what they need to be doing, and I could go to work for one of them – helping them improve their commercial motor vehicle safety.
“Or a door greeter at Walmart,” Allen said comically. “It'd last about five minutes. I'd search everybody that would come in. They wouldn't like me. It'd be like going through the airport security.”
For now, Allen's main concern is seeing his kids succeed.
Allen said that he thoroughly enjoyed working for Mineral Wells, adding that he plans on spending the rest of his life here.
“I enjoyed every minute I've been in Mineral Wells,” Allen said.