1920 ~ 2013|
Lynn Allen passed away December 3, 2013 in Salt Lake City, UT. He was 93.
Born to James & Ellen Allen on July 16, 1920 in LaBelle, ID. The youngest of 6 children, he was always a contributor to his impoverished family, helping out by delivering newspapers during the depression, for much of his childhood.
Lynn served his country in World War II as a communications specialist in the United States Air Force. He met the love of his life, Gladys May Massey, at a dance in 1941. After his deployment to the South Pacific, they wrote each other constantly, and upon his return from the war, they would begin what would be a 67 year marriage on June 25, 1946.
They moved into a tiny apartment in Salt Lake City, barely making ends meet, and started looking for employment. Lynn eventually went to work for United Electric Supply Company on 4th South in Salt Lake City, the beginning of a 38 year career, ending with his retirement after opening a successful branch store in Logan, UT.
In the 50's, Lynn & Gladys built a small house on Kensington Avenue on Salt Lake's east bench, and had two children, Kristine and David. He was active in the LDS, Mountain View 2nd Ward, as the Elders Quorum President, and volunteered his time to scouting and youth sports within his Ward & community.
A kind and humble man, he was loved by everyone who knew him. He possessed a great sense of humor and a quick wit that always made people smile, even as recent as last week, cracking jokes with the CNAs at his Hospice Facility. He certainly leaves this earth a better place than he found it, and will be missed by everyone he touched.
He was predeceased by Gladys, the love of his life last February, and is survived by his daughter Kris Erkelens (Tom) and his son David Allen (Darla), grandchildren Thomas Christopher Erkelens (Julie), Tara Leard (Rob), Matt Erkelens (Nicole), Courtney Allen, and four beautiful great grandchildren!
Honoring his service in WWII, he will have a full military graveside service. Interment will be in the Hyrum, UT Cemetery.
Published in Deseret News on Dec. 8, 2013