POCATELLO - Allen Ray Andersen, 67, loving husband and father, passed away peacefully in his home on Nov. 8, 2011.
Allen was born to Willard and Mamie Andersen in Pocatello, Idaho, on Dec. 5, 1943. He worked on the family farm in Arbon Valley and went to school in Pocatello. He was active in sports and participated in choral programs at Pocatello High School. After high school, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the France-Belgium mission. Upon his return, he attended Ricks College and married his childhood sweetheart Beverly Ann Nielson on June 15, 1966, in the Idaho Falls Temple.
Education was a fundamental focus of Allen's life. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Secondary Education from Idaho State University. He taught math and science at Alameda Junior HS and Pocatello HS for seven years. He coached wrestling, basketball, and football. His legacy continues as all his children have completed higher education degrees, including Master degrees.
As a complement to his passion for education, Allen's passion for public service led him to many other adventures. He served as an Electronic Warfare Operator-Analyst in the Army Security Agency from 1968 to 1972. In 1979, Allen joined the Idaho Education Association as Region 5 Director. For twenty-four years, Allen advocated tirelessly for Southeastern Idaho teachers and teachers' rights through contract negotiations, mediations, and training. After retiring in 2003, he was elected to the Idaho State House of Representatives, Seat 29-A, serving one term. He chaired the Bannock County Democrats and most recently served as a Commissioner on the 2011 Idaho Redistricting Commission.
Allen was a dedicated and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in numerous callings and bishoprics. From July 2009 to December 2010, Allen and Bev served as Church Education System missionaries in the Canada Montreal mission. While there, Allen touched the lives of many young adults from all over the world.
Allen's family has always been the love, pride, and joy of his life. He raised five successful children and was an incredible grandpa to ten grandkids, who all adored him. He spent much of his retirement traveling with his wife to see his grandkids' games, school programs, and recitals. The best times of his life were spent with his family: traveling, celebrating holidays, laughing around the kitchen table, discussing current events on his deck, sledding down the front hill, relaxing at the cabin in Island Park, and designing and building his fish pond and waterfall. He taught his family how to love each other and have a good life. And we will miss him terribly.
He is survived by his eternal companion, Bev; his five children-Camille Andersen, Darlene (Gary) Hammond, Elaine Andersen, Frederic (Jodi) Andersen, Greg (Emily) Andersen; his ten grandchildren; brothers-David (Karen) Andersen and Lynn (JoAnn) Andersen; and his sisters Patsy (Ron) Clark and Julia Dee (Ken) Starr. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jack Andersen.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning, November 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. in the Pocatello Highland LDS Stake Center, corner of Butte and Satterfield Drive in Pocatello, with Bishop Kent Higgins of the Pocatello sixth Ward conducting. A viewing for family and friends will be held Monday evening, November 14th, from 6 -8 p.m. at Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N 15th Ave., and also at the Stake Center from 10-10:45 a.m. on Tuesday. Interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery, Pocatello.
To honor Allen's passion for education, his family has established the Allen Andersen Family Endowment Fund through ISU. Donations may be made at http://isu.edu/gift/.
Click the Make a Gift link and direct your gift to the Allen Andersen Family Endowment. Donations in lieu of flowers are appreciated.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello, 232-0542. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com.
Published by Idaho State Journal on Nov. 15, 2011.