April 20, 1928 ~ August 9, 2012
LOGAN, UTAH: Robert Gaylen Allen was born on April 20, 1928 to Austin David and Vesta Rose Allen. He passed away on August 9, 2012 after a prolonged struggle with Alzheimers. His siblings were A. Douglas, Drue, Reid, Claron, Gloy, Gwynne, and Merle Jean.
Robert graduated from South Cache High School in Hyrum. He was Senior Class President and played on the football team. He went on an LDS mission to Northern California where he met Norine Butler. After their missions, they dated and were married in the Logan LDS temple on May 25, 1951. He graduated from Utah State University.
Robert and Norine had 9 children. Gae Lyn (Harold) Henderson, LeeAnn (Samuel) Lindsey, Robert Dean (Laura Lue) Allen, Janene (Kenyon) Hart, June (deceased), Marjorie (Darin) Emch, Mary Jo (Richard) Elmer, Teri Sue (Michael) Abramson, and Richard Wray Allen. Robert and Norine have 38 grandchildren, and 29 great grandchildren and counting.
Before his mission, Robert, his brothers, and father purchased land in Hansel Valley. They broke the land of sagebrush for dry farming. Throughout his life, Robert farmed in Hansel Valley, Strevell and Blue Creek. Robert had a successful tax preparation business. He worked from his home and his family was always involved. Robert farmed in Blue Creek and Norine is still farming in Logan. They worked together and taught their children the value of work.
Robert and Norine started their family in Hyrum Utah. They also lived in Tremonton and for the past 50 years have lived in Logan. Robert was a gifted teacher and loved to share the gospel. He served as Bishop in the Logan 7th Ward, on the High Council in the Mt. Logan Stake, and many other callings throughout his life. Robert touched the lives of all he knew, and spoke at many funerals over the years. Also, Robert had a great sense of humor and the good timing to share it.
In his personal history, Robert said, “If there is some sort of legacy that I can leave for you, my children and grandchildren – not that I am perfect or have not made mistakes, because indeed I have – I want you to know, that I do indeed love you. My love for you is without endand without bounds.”
We will miss you Dad.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 11:00 am in the Logan 7th Ward chapel, 600 East Center. There will be a viewing Wednesday evening from 6-8 pm at the Allen-Hall Mortuary and on Thursday from 9:30 - 10:30 am. at the church. Interment will follow in the Hyrum City Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be expressed online at www.allenmortuaries.net
August 13, 2012, 6:35 pm-
Dear Janene and all the Allen family,
I'm thinking of you right now, and remembering your dad with fondness.He was a great example of strength to us all. His quiet goodness spoke volumes. What a wonderful legacy he left to his family.May you be comforted by knowing that he is now at peace and happy.
- Vickie Elder Craw