Gary Greene Allen passed away peacefully at his home in Cove, UT on November 14, 2022 after a short battle with cancer. He has now been reunited with his eternal companion, Joyce West Allen, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister, Alys (Cal) Denison of Perry, a sister-in-law, Beth Allen of Brigham City and two brothers-in-law, Arlin (Diana) West of Fresno, CA and Larry (Betsy) West of Salt Lake City. He is also survived by his six children: Kim (Sheree) of Cove, Connie (Rod) of Upland, CA, Sid (Suzette) of Layton, Dan (Natalie) of Cove, Kenny (Tina) of Hyrum, and Dixie (Mark) of Holladay and 30 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Nard, a sister, Ardis, a grandson and a great-granddaughter.
Gary was born to Vivian (Vee) and Flora Allen on December 28, 1935 in Logan, Utah. He grew up in Cove and graduated from North Cache High School. While in junior high school he met Joyce West who became the love of his life. They were married in the Logan Utah Temple on July 29, 1955. He then attended and graduated from Utah State University and was a life-long teacher and farmer. He taught Math, Science, and Agriculture at Union High School in Roosevelt, West Side Jr. High School in Dayton, ID, Lewiston Jr. High School, North Cache Jr. High School, and Sky View High School. He owned and operated the family farm in Cove most of his life.
He was a life-long, dedicated follower of Jesus Christ as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many positions in the Church including Bishop, Bishop’s Counselor, Elders Quorum President, High Councilor, and Scoutmaster. He was awarded the distinguished Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of America. He was active in local, county, and state government affairs and was appointed to multiple leadership positions throughout his life. He served two full-time missions with his eternal companion, one in the Washington, D.C. South Mission and one in the South Carolina Colombia Mission. One of his greatest loves, in addition to his family, was the temple. He served with his wife as temple officiators for 28 years in the Logan Utah Temple including 14 years as a Sealer.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 19th, at the Cove Ward Building at 12:00 noon. A viewing will be held at the same location on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 and on Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:00. Services will be streamed live and the link can be found at
. He will be interred in the Richmond Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please honor Gary by making a donation to the Missionary Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Arrangements by Allen-Hall Mortuary.
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