Grant Robinson Allred, 91, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Turtle and Crane Assisted Living Center in Idaho Falls of age-related causes.
Grant was born in Tooele, Utah, to Juston Peter Allred and Isabell Robinson Allred. He was the oldest of nine children. When he was 8 years old, his family moved to Osgood, Idaho, where he lived and farmed until going into the service.
While attending school at Ammon High School, he met and courted Sarah Crook. They were married Jan. 23, 1941, in the Salt Lake Temple and were blessed with seven children. They were married for 65 years before Sarah passed away in March 2006.
Grant was drafted in 1944. He served in the Navy through the end of the war in 1945 and was honorably discharged in 1946. At that time, he and Sarah bought a small house in Idaho Falls. They outgrew that house and moved to a big house in Shelley.
He raised a big garden every year, and he kept it and his yard immaculate. He was a very hard worker throughout his whole life.
After the war, Grant worked at several different jobs, and in 1954, he went to work for Phillips Petroleum Co. on the Arco desert. He worked as a health physics technician and supervisor and retired in 1986 after 32 years of long bus rides.
Grant held many callings over the years in the LDS church, including clerk and counselor in several bishoprics, high council and several stake jobs as well as dedicated home teacher. In 1985, as a senior citizen, he was called to be the bishop of the Shelley 8th Ward. After being released, he and Sarah served a mission at the Genealogy Library in Salt Lake City. They also worked at the Family History Library and served as temple workers for many years.
Grant had a good singing voice and liked to sing. He was an avid reader, an excellent swimmer and a good dancer. He was known for his honesty and integrity.
Grant is survived by five children, Karen (Edwin) Daw, Janis (Steve) Porter, Val (Susan) Allred, Nyla (Steve) Aitken and Delwin (Jill) Allred; daughter-in-law, Harriet Allred; brothers, Gale (Joan) Allred and Mark (Julie) Allred; 31 grandchildren; 85 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah; sons, Lane and Doyle; his parents; one granddaughter; sisters, Iola Carpenter, Norma Shaw, Verena Willard and Dorene; and brothers, Alton and Blaine.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Shelley Stake Center, 325 E. Locust St. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Nalder Funeral Home, 110 W. Oak St. in Shelley, and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Grant Cemetery with military rites by David Bleak Post 93 assisted by the Idaho Honor Guard.
Special thanks to the staff at Turtle and Crane and OneSource Hospice for their loving care.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www .nalderfuneralhome.com.