Our beloved husband, dad and grandpa, Allen Lee Taylor, passed away at the age of 82 on June 8, 2020 in Hurricane, Utah. Allen was born on February 22, 1938 to Elmo William and Ellen Fish Taylor in Park City, Utah.
Allen spent his school years in Crescent, UT graduating from Jordan High School. He was a hard worker and spent his days working on his family farm and riding horses on the hills and up Bell’s Canyon near his home. He attended Snow College and then served an LDS mission in the Central-Atlantic States Mission. After his mission, Allen signed with the Army Reserves and started attending Utah State University. His reserve unit was activated during the Berlin Wall Crisis. During that time, Allen met Beth Dalton while home on leave from active duty and they were later married on September 17, 1962 in the Logan Utah Temple. He graduated from USU with a master’s degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and has been a life-long fan and supporter of USU. Allen has been employed at Hill Air Force Base, Boeing, Tooele Army Depot, and later returned to Hill Air Force Base working as a civil service employee until retirement in 1997. During his career, he has lived in Seattle, WA; Grantsville, UT; and Roy, UT, where he raised his family. He later moved to Heber City, UT where his home overlooked the Heber Valley with views of Mount Timpanogos.
Allen was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had many callings including Clerk, Cub Scout Master, Scout Master, Bishop’s Counselor over the scouting program, Branch President over the Heritage Park Care Center in Roy, and as a Service Missionary assisting with welfare distributions in Heber Valley.
Allen loved serving others and always enjoyed riding horses, backpacking, hiking, fishing, and camping in the mountains. He was a builder and spent many hours tinkering in his garage.
Allen found great joy in building his family. Together he and Beth raised four amazing children. He always showed love and support to his children and grandchildren and was a huge participant in all of their activities. He truly was his family’s biggest fan!
Allen struggled with Parkinson’s Disease for 20 years. The disease progressed this past year making it necessary to move him to a care center. We want to thank the Haven at Sky Mountain Assisted Living/Memory Care in Hurricane, UT for the care that has been given over the past 7 months.
Allen is survived by his wife Beth Taylor, children Scott (Joelle) Taylor, Oak Harbor, WA; Julie (Kerry) Taylor, Cedar City, UT; Debbie (Rich) Forbes, Hurricane, UT; and Mark (Lori) Taylor, Evans, GA; eight grandchildren – Taylor, Courtney (Cody), Ansley, Arden, Andrew, Dylan, Jenna and Ella; and his siblings Nita Cundick, Wilma Gibby, Dan Taylor and Kay Sagers.
Allen is preceded in death by his parents Elmo and Ellen Taylor.
A viewing, which is open to family and friends, will be held on Tuesday, June 16th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, Utah.
Due to COVID-19 we ask that people adhere to the current safety protocols of the Sandy Utah boundaries.
Private funeral services will be held in Allen’s honor on Wednesday, June 17th at 11:00 a.m. at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary with a private family viewing from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Graveside services will take place around 12:00 noon at the Crescent Cemetery, 11105 South State Street, Sandy, Utah following the funeral. Online condolences are welcomed at www.Larkincares.com