Amos Dean Abplanalp
1975 - 2017
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Amos Dean Abplanalp was born December 11, 1975 in Malad, Idaho. He passed away September 7th, 2017 at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona surrounded by his wife and children, mother and brother. He fought a courageous fight with colon cancer for a year and a half. He lost the battle, but won the war enduring well until the end.
Amos was born the third child of Dean Abplanalp and Sandra Carol Sagers. He joined his brother, Tom, and sister, Katie Jo. Three years later Abbe completed the family.
When he was two, the family moved to Blackfoot where he spent the next 17 years of his life. When he was nine, his parents divorced. His mother later met and married Evan Dance and six more siblings were added to his family.
He grew up on a potato farm where he learned to work hard. He also learned that he wanted an education.
Amos loved sports. He played little league baseball and basketball, but his real love was wrestling. He was on a state championship wrestling team at Snake River High School where he graduated in 1994.
He served in the Canada Toronto Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After returning honorably after two years he attended Brigham Young University and met the love of his life and eternal companion, Hillary Clair Mann.
Amos graduated from BYU with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. He and his wife and son then moved to Arizona where he attended Arizona State University to persue a master's degree in Criminal Justice.
He was a teacher for emotionally disabled students at Gilbert High School for 10 years and a wrestling coach. He was certified to teach multiple high school subjects and was a beloved teacher.
He and his wife had five beautiful children together who have brought them incredible joy.
He later received a Master's Degree in Counseling and worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor at the Florence, AZ prison in the Eyman Complex.
He served in many church callings and his most recent calling was as bishop of the Magma Ranch Ward in the SanTan Valley Stake.
Just as Amos learned of his cancer diagnosis his daughter, Evie Clair, was invited to audition for the show "America's Got Talent." Her musical talents, bright spirit and love for her father propelled her forward in the show. She made it to the finals the night before her father passed away. He lived his last few months seeing his daughter's dreams play out and it was the highlight of his life.
Amos affected many in his life for good through his kindness, humility, wisdom and service. To know Amos was to love him.  His faith in God and great love for his family, friends, neighbors and coworkers inspired many.
Amos is survived by his wife: Hillary; his children: Porter, Evelyn, Kirra, Ruth and Blakely; his parents: Sandra and Evan Dance (ID) and Dean and Connie Abplanalp (FL), his siblings: Tracy Beede (UT) Tom (Paije) Abplanalp (WA), Katie Jo Abplanalp (ID), Abbe (Les) Fisher (ID), Russell (Tammy) Dance (WA), Jeremy (Jennifer) Dance (WA), Dustin Dance (WA), Jennie (Josh) Cobb (Philippines), Amanda Dance (ID), Hilary (Shawn) Wilmot (WA); grandmother: Janet Abplanalp (UT).
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Moe and Carol Sagers, Tom Abplanalp and Ora Ezell; his nephew: Daniel Gurr and mother in law: Pamalee Mann.
There will be a viewing at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 6 to 8pm at 33 N Centennial Way Mesa, AZ 85201. Flowers, etc. can be sent to that address.
The funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, September 13th at 1521 E Bella Vista Rd San Tan Valley, AZ 85143 with a viewing at 9am.
Amos's body will be laid to rest in the City of Mesa Cemetery in Mesa, Arizona.

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Published in The Morning News from Sep. 12 to Sep. 13, 2017.
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June 4, 2020
The life after I believe is beautiful with no pain
John Wahomr
Significant_other
June 4, 2020
God is merciful,I understand the pain I have a sis battling breast cancer.God for us all
John W
Significant Other
June 4, 2020
God is merciful
John Wahome
March 5, 2020
Your story hit me right in the heart Evie Clair, I lost my father 5 years ago to cancer as well, Your music has been a great source of strength, courage, and peace as the 5 year anniversary comes tomorrow!! You and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers!!! My heart broke for you as I watched you sing Arms to your dad because I understood what you were going through!!!
Sarah Lovejoy
July 17, 2019
Yes I don't know you personally but I saw your daughter on YouTube doing her Audition and I heard say that her father had colon cancer and so I just wanted to say I'm sorry for your loss and that I know what you are going through because my Aunt passed away from cancer also. So again I'm sorry for your loss.
Thomas Smithers
February 18, 2019
I Miss my dearest friend Amos abplanalp. I feel sorry for your daughter.
ms Presley
January 28, 2019
Such a tragic day when Amos left this world may he rest in peace no more pain or suffering I do not know him only what was on the tv
Sue Massey
November 19, 2018
My heart breaks for you, Evu Claire! You are the most incredible nlrgacy a father could have
Jennifer Marler
October 20, 2018
I love you so much Ev. RIP Amos.
Hannah Gonzalez
July 3, 2018
Amos, you were a great friend to Brady while working in mental health crisis in SLC! Will miss your easy-going manner. --Friends from VMH in Utah
June 24, 2018
I heard your daughter's song. I was only 41 when my dad died.. He like you was quite a huge part of my life.. may you join my dad in heaven and peace. I miss him every day for the last seven years. life is not the same without him.. May you rest in peace. You are gone way to young.
maya gillam
June 15, 2018
I saw him while watching Evie Clair's audition, and judge cuts. I cried and wept for days finding out he died. I'm hoping to sing "Vissi d'Arte" to comfort his daughter Evie.
Spencer Price
June 2, 2018
So young but accomplished so much and what a legacy.
Dale Burke
April 28, 2018
I am so sorry about your father
Brittany ceballos
April 21, 2018
You had just enough time and strength left to get to see your daughter sing (to you) on stage like an angel.
Satu
April 13, 2018
To all the family he is watching over you all love and hugs
Sue Massey
Significant_other
April 5, 2018
He loved to encourage his daughter to always try her hardest and to never give up even when life gets tough. So extremely sorry for your loss :(
Alexis Lynch
Significant_other
March 17, 2018
So sorry for your loss! Abplanalp is my family name through my grandfather. We must be distant cousins since that name is not that common. Bless the family.
Teri Lawson
Family
March 1, 2018
Hi Evie xx,
I'm sorry about your Father's death. I just watched AGT as it is played now. You have an amazing voice and a great Father. May God bless you in your future endeavours. Rest in Peace Amos Abplanalp. :) You'll be loved..
Chantelle Sim
Acquaintance
February 28, 2018
Evie and family, a welsh hug goes out to you and your family xxx
Karen Derrick
February 12, 2018
I USED TO THINK THAT THIS WORLD IS A DARK PLACE, ME IN THE OPOSIT CORNER OF THE PLANET, BUT AMOS ABPLANALP IN HIS MOST DIFFICULT MOMENTS LIT MY FAITH THROUGH THE FRUITS OF HIS SAWING, HIS FAMILY AND HIS LOVE TO THEM. THANK YOU BISHOP, FROM THAT LITTLE FLORENCE OF ARIZONA YOU CROSSED THE MILES TO PLANT BELEIF IN ME AT THE SHORES OF LEBANON.
CARL SAKR
February 8, 2018
Evie I'm so sorry about yours and the families lost my prayers go out to you guys you had a beautiful voice .
Kimberly Baker
February 5, 2018
Condolences to Ms Evie Claire and family . Your father always be in your heart wherever you go .May God Bless you and your wonderfull family.
S Nicholas
November 6, 2017
My sincere condolences go out to the entire family at this difficult time. May the God of all comfort help you cope with your great loss.
V. Davis
October 23, 2017
Rest In Peace. My prayers are with the Abplanalps
M Jones
October 22, 2017
Mary Kreiner
Acquaintance
October 11, 2017
My heart goes out to your family. We know the pain you are going through. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Donne and family
Donne Cristina
September 30, 2017
Precious Evie and family,
I pray for peace in your hearts, healing for your souls, mercy for the days that seem unbearably difficult and for love to surround you in the moments when you feel overwhelmed with sadness. Just breath, take one day at a time... Embrace the memories!
Kathie
September 23, 2017
Evie,
I've watched you on AGT and you are so strong! I'm not going to go into detail but I'm about your age and have gone through a similar tragedy.
Keep fighting just like your daddy did! America loves you!
Emily
September 23, 2017
RIP Amos, stay strong Avie, as you must know we shall all be together one day. Keep singing for your Dad and us. You have a gift and we thank you for sharing with us. God bless you and your Family.
Richard j Labrie
September 21, 2017
What a VERY, VERY WARM FAMILY...
EVIE? YOU have just BEGUN.. KID!"
You have something inside of YOU?
That is SO POWERFUL, So SPECIAL...
YOUR DAD is ALWAYS there... REALLY!
HE is THERE!!! Good LUCK, Stay close to MOM?
She may NEED YOU?
Bobby Ward.
Bobby Ward
September 20, 2017
RIP all of America will miss you Amos
Jessica Powell
September 20, 2017
Evie,
You don't know me, but I have watched you on AGT. My sincere sympathy is sent to you and your family. I watched your Dad support you on the show and learned how much of an inspiration he was to you and so many others. He seemed like a wonderful Dad. My Dad passed away in 2011. I know the pain you are feeling and admire your strength so much to be able to sing his favorite song on live TV in his memory. I'm sorry you didn't win the show tonight, but you are a true inspiration for other children, teens and even adults who have lost a loved one. I have worked as a Child Life Specialist in a NJ hospital for almost 20 years. I have supported many families at times of grief. These families would truly benefit from someone like you to show them the strength that is necessary to cope with such loss. Strength like yours is imperative to finish things they started and continue to live with the memory of their loved one in their hearts. Your voice is inspiring and so is your story. I hope you have success in finding a way to use both to help inspire others. You are a very special young lady. May you see that rainbow when you need it most to know your Dad is guiding you, supporting you and always watching over you.
Tiffany Shevchik
September 20, 2017
Your light shines on forever in your family Amos. . . especially in Evie, whom we've grown to love, you must be very proud, we are!
Kathie Belluscio
September 20, 2017
Heartbreaking
Kathy Hoy
September 20, 2017
RIP...You made your family so proud..
Tim Cote
September 20, 2017
I do not know you or your family but I could not resist to send my deepest sympathies to your entire family. Your daughter has the world's biggest heart and I personally am so proud of her. In a way you make all of us watching AGT take colon cancer much more seriously. I am so, so sorry for your loss and sending positive thoughts to all of you ! Bless you and thank you all for sharing your journey with the entire world.
Donna Reed
September 20, 2017
Evie I'm so sorry for you are your families loss. I just watched your audition clip for AGT and it brought me to tears! You have an amazing voice and are very strong. Keep going with that and I know your father is watching down on you. Prayers for you and your family!!
Desiree Chadwick
September 20, 2017
So very sorry for your loss. I know he was very proud of the performances of Evie Clair, and I wish her much luck. I know performing with a heavy heart has gotten to be a hard thing to do. I know my daddy passed away a few years ago, and I had an eye doctor appointment, and went to it, but my eyes were so cloudy with tears, I had to reschedule two weeks later. God Bless this family and know you are being prayed for.
Darlene Stone
September 19, 2017
Evie I'm so sorry for your loss, Stay strong he's up above watching you & he's very proud !
September 19, 2017
Evie,
My deepest condolences for your father. Stay strong.
Ryan Bosela
September 19, 2017
Just watched Evie Claire's BEAUTIFUL tribute to her Dad on AGT. My heart is breaking for you all. Remember, Amos' love will live forever in your hearts. Condolences to all of you in the Abplanalp family. You are blessed to know such a beautiful soul...."It's a Beautiful World"
Beth Moyer
September 19, 2017
My deepest condolences to your family. I had no idea of Amos passing. You are an incredible family, and the strength you have shown throughout his illness is amazing. Evie you performed absolutely beautifully this evening. Your dad would be extremely proud. God Bless
Kara
September 19, 2017
I'm glad he knew the lord our savior! He is in the most amazing place now.. no more pain tears or suffering! My condolences..
Justin Boyer
Friend
September 19, 2017
May God be with you and your family.
Diane Jaqua
September 19, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear about your lost and may God be with you and your family.
Brenda Rainwater
September 19, 2017
Coach A, you will be dearly missed. Thank you for all of the lessons you taught me when I was one your wrestlers. I can proudly say I still reflect upon them to this day. Rest in peace sir.
Rushi Gohel
Student
September 18, 2017
My condolences to your family n friends Your father is a survivor, hero, inspiration and most of all an example of someone who exudes faith n trust in Divine! Celebrate his life as he is no longer in pain. He will do wonders for your family in heaven. Your courage, dedication and unconditional love is so inspirational Evie❤ God Bless!

Myrrha
Myrrha Waterford
Friend
September 18, 2017
I just watched the videos from Evie performing on AGT. I also live in Arizona (I have even lived in Florence) I would like to send my Condolences to the Abplanalp Family for the loss of Armos. May he RIP.
Michelle Trevillyan
September 18, 2017
Sympathies from my heart. It is very hard at first but in time will become softer.
The angels have now escorted dear Amos
into the gates of heaven.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
Nancy Schwendig
September 18, 2017
Love you guys! I'm heartbroken but so happy he was able to see Evie sing. I'll miss you cousin.
Eve Morris
Family
September 18, 2017
Families Are Forever
Joy Robinson
September 17, 2017
May The Lord watch over your family and keep them all safe and help them thru their grief. REST IN PEACE and watch over your singing Angel here on Earth. BLESS YOU ALL.
Donna Smith
September 17, 2017
You are in Gods arms now.No more pain. Rest in peace.I am sorry for the family's loss.Amos must be needed by God.
Kathy Welsh
September 16, 2017
May God be with you daily throughout your grief. He must have been a remarkable man and a remarkable father. And he had you as his remarkable daughter. May God be with daily and help you cope with the grief of his absence.
Mary wolf
September 16, 2017
I'm so sorry for your great lost, May he RIP , and God Bless you all.
Anna Flores
September 16, 2017
Bernadette Gallegos
September 16, 2017
We got to know Amos from watching his daughter on AGT. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family at this time. May God in heaven bring you all comfort.
Wayne & Sue Geis
Acquaintance
September 16, 2017
HELLO MY NAME IS JAMES ROBERTSON
I LIVE IN THE SUBURB OF CHICAGO ILL
I WOULD LIKE TO TELL EVIE FAMILY TO TELL HER DAD TO REST IN PEACE
JAMES ROBERTSON
September 15, 2017
Wow, you have the same birthday as me, but I'm actually a few years older than you. It's a shame that you had to suffer as you seemed like a wonderful man. Not only will your family miss you, but the world who watched you on AGT cheering on Evie will miss you. Rest in Eternal Peace.
K M
Acquaintance
September 15, 2017
Kathryn Egan
September 15, 2017
Prayers and love to the Abplanalp family.
September 15, 2017
Omg Evie Claire and family. Am so so sorry to hear of your Daddy's passing. My heart ❤ aches for all of you. I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God hold you all in the palm of his hand.
Barbra Botelho
September 15, 2017
RIP Sir. God Bless you and your family
Leslie
September 14, 2017
Valenda Newell
September 14, 2017
Evie you are beautiful and have the voice of an Angel. I've been voting for you on AMericans got talent and you have my votes if you decide to go onto the finals You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You are a very brave and strong young girl. God Bless you and your family always Your father us now in heaven watching over all of you
Angie
September 14, 2017
You're in gods arms now.
September 14, 2017
Stay strong for him. Find comfort, love and peace among each other. So sorry Evie.....
Yolie Pauda
September 13, 2017
Dear Evie, so sorry for your loss. You farther is an angel watching over you and your family.
Riley Hajek
September 13, 2017
DEAR CLAIRE

I LIKE TO SAY MY CONDOLENCES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

I'M DEEPLY SADDENED THAT YOU LOST YOUR FATHER
AT AN EARLY AGE.

YOUR FAN DOROTHY
DOROTHY LOH
September 13, 2017
He must be so proud of you and your brothers and sisters. Keep following his lessons to be strong and give it your all.
Melissa
September 13, 2017
Condolences to Evie & Family. Your Dad is now your Guardian Angel. His love will live on
Denise Cipriani
September 13, 2017
So very sorry that you lost your daddy. This is the first time I read your story and heard you sing about him. You have the voice of an angel and he is hearing you and the angels sing to him. He was a strong man and you are a very strong young lady. You made him very proud and will always. May God give you and your family strength and cherish all of the wonderful memories!
Kathy Lopez
September 12, 2017
My sincerest condolences to your entire family.
Barbara
September 12, 2017
Evie. Your father will be smiling down on you from heaven when you win the finals. God Bless you and your family.
Brad Dunbar
September 12, 2017
Im sorry to hear the loss of your father. I too lost my father at a young age and its still hard to live without him. Just always remeber how proud he is of all of you abd he is always there for you. Sending orayers your way.
September 12, 2017
May the God of all peace bring comfort to the Abplanalp family and friends at this difficult time.
Carlotta
September 12, 2017
A time like this causes us to be grateful for our friends and family. We know he is doing well where he is. This should give us comfort.
J. L.
Teacher
September 12, 2017
To all of the Abplanalp family,
Our hearts are forever changed by your story.
We have grown closer to our faith because of the example you have all shown.
May God hold you all a little tighter and bring you comfort.
Davis family
September 12, 2017
My deeepst sympathies to the Abplanalp family for the loss of Amos. May God's Word strengthen you during this time of mourning. (Isa. 41:10,13)
T C
September 11, 2017
My deepest condolences to your family ! May god comfort and see you through this very sad time godbless
Chasity Gibbons
September 11, 2017
God Bless Amos & his family!
Jim Briganti
Acquaintance
September 11, 2017
Stay strong Evie, your dad is so proud of you.
Hazel Ma
Friend
September 11, 2017
My condolences to the family Amos Abplanalp I'm very sorry for your loss may the God of comfort , comfort you in this time of sadness and distress.
Sheila Palmore
September 11, 2017
Stay strong your daddy is so proud of you
Kathy Mcphail
September 10, 2017
Sincere condolences to the Abplanalp family. Please know that others share your grief. May the God of all comfort sustain each of you.
J C
September 10, 2017
I didn't know your dad but he seemed like a remarkable man. I lost a good friend of mine to cancer this year. My heart goes out to you Evie and your beautiful family during this difficult time. Please know we give you much love and support through this journey. You are a remarkable young woman and I can see where that comes from.
Ken Loughran
September 10, 2017
I was very touched by Mr Abplanalp passing. I lost my mother at the age of 13 and raised my 9 yr old brother. I always told my brother and I will share with you during this time. "It is not for him you grieve because he is in a better place...it is for us we grieve! Live with your memories and know someday you will be reunited. He lives within your hearts. God Bless.
Ruthann Rickert
September 10, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Marilou Baker
September 10, 2017
I am so sorry,God bless each of you, & hold you all in the hollow of His hand thru this difficult time
Ruth Florence
September 10, 2017
I didn't know Amos, but I related to his story. My father lost a battle with cancer as well after suffering for 6 years. Seeing Amos run onto the AGT stage and hugging Evie after she sang her heart out was so emotional for me and the rest of the world. My love and prayers goes out to Amos and his beautiful family. Evie Clair, you are a symbol of strength, hope and whats good in this world. Music is the only thing in this world that brings us all together. Please continue your dreams as an artist and make your father, your family and the rest of the world proud of you.
Sal Mastro
Acquaintance
September 10, 2017
scott west
September 10, 2017
Evie....So much love and support...prayers for you and your family....my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved Father....
Someone who cares
September 10, 2017
My greatest sympathy to the family.. Evie, I know you can do it and your daddy would and always will be proud of you..
Jacinth Potolin
September 9, 2017
He's in Gods hands now. So glad for the great memories that no one can take away. Hugs & Prayer
Marilyn Bertrand
September 9, 2017
Being promoted to Glory is a special thing, Rejoice and be encouraged that Jesus reigns Suprene!
Bernadette Evans
September 9, 2017
Go Rest High On That Mountain.
Robert & Pat Horton
September 9, 2017
Thoughts and prayers to your family and for strength and healing.
Rachel Gurrola
September 9, 2017
You don't know me but we have enjoyed the talent of your daughter on AGT. Our thoughts and prayers are with Evie and her family during this trial of your faith. Your Sister in the Gospel, SisterJewels
Jewels Moore
September 9, 2017
Our deepest sympathies and boldest prayers are with you all, during this painful loss. Evie, I, too, am a Daddy's girl and lost him way too early. I can't say I know what you're going through as everybody's grief is didferent. But I know the pain is immeasurable, and the loss is deafening. It hurts everyday.
He is so proud of you! He will have the BEST seat in the house while he watches you during the finals... and he'll be rooting for you from the cheering section everyday forever and ever.
A wonderful man whose raised a beautiful family. He can rest on eagles wings without any pain and suffering. Hold the memories close, always. God bless your Daddy, and you, sweet girl.

P.S. Go get 'em and win this thing! You have our votes!
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