July 17, 1962 - August 22, 2018

Allen Leroy McBride died unexpectedly of a heart attack in his home on August 22 in Taft, California at the age of 56.

Allen leaves to cherish his memory his mother Carol McBride, his loving wife Connie McBride, his children; Gracie McBride, Janessa McBride, Amber “Charley” McBride, Trebor & Shara Williams, Crystal Kiser, siblings; Jerry McBride of Fresno, Tony & Linda Love of Canby, Oregon, Stacey & Mark Oglesby of Taft, Billy & Disa McBride of Taft, Brother-in-law Don “Doodle” Robbins of Taft, Sister-in-Law Lisa Robbins of Taft, and his mother-in-law Carrie Pierce of Taft; grandsons; Zaydin Mitchell, Noah McBride, and Cylis McBride and the mothers of his children Jaton McBride and Delores (DeeDee) Kiser.  He is preceded in death by his father, Jerry L. McBride of Ft. Worth, Texas and his loving grandparents, Irvin & Gladys McBride.

Allen was born on July 17, 1962 in Salinas, California to Jerry & Carol McBride. Allen worked in the oil industry most of his life and last worked at Key Energy as a rig supervisor.  Allen and his brother-in-law Mark would go into work early just to drink coffee and visit with each other before starting their work day.  Allen was known to his crew as Big Al, and respected by many of his peers..

Allen met Connie Williams in 2008 and knew he found the love he was looking for.  He told Connie that he didn’t have much but he had a whole lot of love to give.  They fell in love and were pretty much inseparable after that.  They lived in McKittrick with son Trebor for a few years before buying the house of their dreams and moving to Taft in 2011.  After many years together he married Connie (his “Cookie”), on October 13, 2017.  The last year of his life, when his wife would come home from work, he would be waiting with the door open and a big smile and kiss.  If music was on, he would break out in his “robot” moves just to make her smile after her long day at work.

Allen was charming, witty, and funny. His devotion and love for his friends and family is a tribute to the beauty of his heart and soul. He was always smiling and quick to make others laugh.  He loved his friends and family and rarely left his loved ones without saying, “I love you.”  In his leisure, he enjoyed listening to and singing along with music, for he knew every word to each song playing.  He loved Friday brunch at the Oasis where he would sit outside talking and smoking cigarettes with friends.  Allen was an active member of the Taft Moose Lodge where he spent much of his free time with Connie socializing with friends, playing pool, shuffleboard, and darts.

A Celebration Of His Life is scheduled for September 22 at 11:00 am at the Taft Moose Lodge. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Allen’s life.