John Allphin Jr., a former East Baton Rouge Parish Council member and the parish’s first Civil Defense director, died Wednesday.

He was 81.

Allphin, a Realtor and real estate appraiser, was elected to the council in 1960 and served part of his time in that position as mayor pro tem during the administration of Mayor Woody Dumas.

Allphin also served as a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission, the city-parish Planning Commission, and was past president of the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission.

Allphin’s granddaughter Brenna Allphin-Smith Perez said Allphin was “larger than life.”

“People said he was the yardstick they measured their own success in their professional and personal lives by,” Perez said.

“He was all about his family. He told us and showed us to work hard, to be the best but always to be humble about being the best,” she said.

Another of Allphin’s granddaughters, Brittany Allphin-Smith Lemoine, said her grandfather always had a smile on his face.

“He was the happiest man you ever met,” Lemoine said.

Lemoine, a cosmetologist, said her grandfather studied with her every day when she was working toward her cosmetology degree.

“He always found a way to make us feel perfect,” she said.

Allphin is survived by his wife, Johnell Rush Allphin, two children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.