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Darrell Russell Allen
Darrell Russell Allen, age 69, passed away at the University of Utah Hospital Tuesday, April 26, after struggling with multiple organ failure for many months.
Darrell was born on December 20, 1952, to Whitmee Marvin and Erma Palmer Allen. He grew up in Salt Lake City, in a loving family of seven children, where he learned the value of hard work and loyalty to God and family. He graduated from Granite High School, where he performed in many plays and musicals, and later attended the University of Utah.
He served in the Australia East Mission from 1972-74, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under Presidents J. Martell Bird and Earl C. Tingey. He loved his service to the Lord and made lifelong friends.
On June 30, 1978, he met the love of his life, Dee Ann Phelps, from Blackfoot Idaho. They were soon married in the Idaho Falls temple on December 15, 1978, and sealed for time and all eternity. Together they raised nine children—six sons and three daughters. They lived for 17 years in Kearns, UT and settled in Grantsville, UT for the last 25 years of his life. He partnered with his brothers-in-law in a road construction business, Superior Asphalt, where he taught his sons to work hard and prepare for life.
Throughout his life he loved storytelling, John Wayne movies, Louis Lamour novels, hunting, his country, holiday traditions, and spending time with his family—spoiling them with manymemorable vacations. He had a thirst for learning and a love for sharing his knowledge and wisdom with his children.
His church callings were very important to him. He dedicated many years of his life serving as Young Men leader, Sunday School teacher, Cubmaster, and within bishoprics, high councils, and various other callings in the ward and stake,including his most recent and beloved calling as a service missionary in the Tooele Employment Center. He cherished his time as an Ordinance Worker in the Salt Lake and Oquirrh Mountain Temples. He especially loved his eternal callings as husband, father, and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Dee Ann, and their nine children: Adam (Havelah), Matthew (Lizzie), Daniel (Nicole), Serenity Harrington (Russell), Derek (Nikki), Destinee Galbraith (Spencer), Dalton (Thea), Austin (Katie Ann), Hannah Call (Peter), and 32 grandchildren. Also survived by siblings, Sylvia Olsen (Bob), Larry (Jeanette), Viola Knecht, Calvin (Katherine), and Barbara Gudmundson (Bruce). He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Kamry Harrington, his parents, and his sister Ila.
The funeral and viewings will be held at the Grantsville Stake Center, 555 E. Durfee St.
Funeral: Saturday, May 7, 12:00 noon
Friday Viewing: May 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday Viewing: May 7, 11:00 a.m.
Interment: Directly following funeral at the Grantsville Cemetery.
To listen to the audio recording of the service, please click on the link below:
I only met Elder Allen a few times in the mission field, but one thing I do remember is his infectious Smile!!
Dennis McCarthy May 7 2022 1:48 PM
I loved serving with Darrell at the Oquirrh Mountain Temple. He will be missed by all.
John Mitchell May 4 2022 2:43 PM
The world is a lesser place without Darryl. I now completely understand what that means. My thoughts and prayers and love surrounds such a special family
Sharon Newton Kirkham May 4 2022 2:41 PM
Darrell's brilliant smile says it all! He is a great, generous,and happy man because he loves God and his grand family and all humanity. A wise and gracious man of God. We are blessed to know him.
Scott and Kim Smith May 4 2022 10:52 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Darrell Allen
Robin Doty and Family May 4 2022 1:18 AM
We love you, Allen Family! Our prayers and love at this diffficult time!
Suzie Swenson and Becky Yukon May 3 2022 3:05 PM
I grew up near the Allen's and spent many wonderful times at their home. Darrell was always smiling and laughing, their home was always a fun, positive and warm place to be! Our prayers are with all of your family! God bless!
Susan (Trane) Halligan May 3 2022 12:23 PM
There really aren't any words that can accurately express how kind and loving Darrell was. Both him and Dee Ann have taken me in as one of their own. I will always be grateful for their love and kindness they've shown me over the many years. Darrell would literally give you the shirt off his back, and in my case his camper trailer for a few months! I pray for you Dee Ann and all of your family for peace and comfort. We love you all so very much!
The Walters Family May 3 2022 12:06 PM
I offer all the family our condelences to all the family and friends, we are so sorry for his passing, I love him, he was always kind and lovely with me when I was serving the mission there. Our prayers to all of you.
Gilvani Da Luz May 2 2022 6:40 PM
Dear Dee Ann and family, I offer my condolences to you all along with hugs and prayers. I was but a tiny time in your lives but think of you often like family. Praying for you all.
Barbara Hughes Redifer May 2 2022 12:33 PM