The couple has supported LeTourneau students for many years in various ways.
They have provided for student scholarships, mission trips, senior engineering projects and the student Auto Society car show, according to a news release.
They have helped with travel expenses for students and created an endowed scholarship for a LeTourneau health science student to study nursing.
They supported the construction of the Belcher Center, which has a lobby named in their honor and have sponsored shows at the center, according to the news release.
In a message to students during chapel Monday, Allen encouraged them to get involved and be active in their community.
“I can walk around campus and tell you who is going to succeed in life,” he said. “The ones who look up, say hello and smile are the ones who are going to succeed.”
Regarding business, he said they should remember image, how they appear to people; attitude, about themselves and others; exposure, what could go wrong; and priorities.
He encouraged them to do their best and forget the rest.
“Work at your job harder, know it better, then you need fear no competition,” he said.
The Allens have lived in Longview since 1969.
Allen’s family owned the John Deere dealership for many years.
Now, the Allens own Longview Scrap and Metal Co. and have successfully operated it for 22 years.
Allen serves as a Longview City Council member and served the local government and community in numerous other ways.
The Allens have three children and seven grandchildren.