Don Stanley “Stan” Allison passed away peacefully on September 21, 2021 at age 85 while listening to Patsy Cline’s music with loved ones by his side. Stan had recently moved from Michigan to Utah and was residing at Sagewood at Daybreak – Senior Living in South Jordan.
Stan was born in Grass Valley, California on March 12, 1936 to Don L. Allison and Helen LaVonne Taylor. He was the eldest of three children and grew up in Lehi, Utah with his brother, Robert Lynn and sister, Claudia Jean. He attended Lehi High School and graduated as valedictorian in 1954. He attended college at Brigham Young University (BYU) until he was called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Central Atlantic States from 1956-1958. After returning from his mission, he continued his education at BYU and earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Social Studies Education. He began his teaching career in 1960 at Wasatch Junior High in Salt Lake City.
Stan married Kathryn Ann Bodily in the Mesa, Arizona Temple on August 7, 1962. In 1966, Stan accepted a teaching position in St. Clair Shores, Michigan at South Lake High School. He earned a Masters in Secondary School Curriculum from Eastern Michigan University. In addition to teaching full-time, Stan was a Staff Sergeant in the Utah Army National Guard; taught Adult Education and Summer School; coached debate, basketball, soccer, football and track; and was a substitute teacher after retirement. He truly instilled the value of hard work to his children. During his teaching career, Stan entertained his students by injecting his sense of humor, story-telling, mind tricks, “signature” rooster call, and “famous” karate scream.
Stan was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served in various callings including Young Men’s Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Seminary Teacher, Bishop’s Counselor, and Bishop. Church members, students, friends, and his family will remember Stan for his kindness, generosity, and good-natured personality.
Stan is survived by his wife, Kathryn; eight children: Stana (Jose), Sandra (John, deceased), Steven (Glenda), Michael (Jennifer), Diana (Shawn), Joseph, Kristina (Gary), and James (Nicole); 12 grandchildren: Brinley (Cameron), Bronson, Aleisha (Sifa), Marissa, Tiffany, Aiden, Madelyn, Kayla, Charlotte, Connor, Margaret, and Genevieve; a great-granddaughter on the way; seven step grandchildren: Fernando, Angelica, Belem, Martin, Jose Luis, Antonia, and Evaristo; 13 step great-grandchildren; brother, Robert; and extended family. Stan was predeceased by his sister, Claudia Jean, son-in-law John, and grandson Isaac.
The viewing will be on Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, Utah 84092. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery. If you would like to watch the services via Zoom, please open your Zoom account and then click on the blue "Watch Services" box above and to the right of the picture. To sign up for your own free account, visit zoom.us/signup and enter your email address. You will receive an email from Zoom (email@example.com).
The family would like to thank both the staff of Sagewood at Daybreak - Senior Living and the hospice staff for their loving care of Stan. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.
Dear Stana (and the whole family),
I send my deepest sympathy to all. Stan held a special place in my heart. We first met when we were both students at Wayne State in the early or mid "60s. Being the chairman of the South Lake social studies department I recommend that he be hied and he was, He worked well with the other members pod the department and his students really liked him. I never knew he and the family moved back to Utah. I suspect that some how we are related--both being Allisons. Some time when you have a lot of time you could look up our heritage in the ancestry records in Salt Lake City, I really know how you feel about his passing because my beloved Shirley passed away in April.
Again- please accept my deepest sympathy,
Donald D. Allison
St.Clair Shores, Mi 48080
Sorry to hear about Mr. Allison. He was a basketball coach and a teacher to me. My prayers are with his family and friends.
To the best teacher ever. I enjoyed all your stories. It was great also seeing you in different restaurants through out the years. My husband also enjoyed your talks with him about cameras. You will be missed.
Cheryl Kosuda Beck
My heart is with you. May God’s love fill you with peace and comfort ❤️
I am so sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers to the whole family. Joe I am here for anything you need in this hard time.
I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your father and husband. We the Robinson s are sending our condolences to o the Allison family. We were members of the Roseville Ward in Michigan.
Sending a big hug to the Allison family. Brother Allison was such a kind and gentle man. I appreciated his quiet sense of humor.
Love, Michelle Coons (east shores ward)
Kathryn, I saw Stan`s obituary on Facebook and want to send our condolences. He was a good man and we are so sorry for your loss.
Boyd and Nancy Dial
Mr. Allison was by far one of the best teachers I ever had. His sense of humor, intelligence, even temperament and Karate scream will always be remembered. What a great story teller. He loved to share stories about his life experiences and family with our class. There was also talk of a Buick Roadmaster. Peace to Stan and family.
i am sorry for your loss
i taught with him for 25 years
he was always liked by students and staf
Mr. Allison was a exceptional man. I got to have Mr. Allison coached me in middle school for basketball. Two years later I had him in high school. He cared about all his students. He made everyday an adventure. From the SWAMY” to the Karate cry this man made life fun. I will never forget Mr. Allison and anyone that had him they will not either. Rest In Peace Stan
I can still hear his voice……….
There was always a confusion as to what Allison you got for a teacher. There were two and I had the other Allison! I always heard wonderful things about the tall “Stan the man” as a teacher and how he was such a nice guy. I’m so sorry for your loss...
Sincete condolences. We always looked forward to Stan's talks in church. Very spiritual and humorous.
May the Lord comfort you.
Im so saddened to hear of Mr.Stanley’s passing. He was an amazing teacher. My thoughts and prayers with his family.
RIP. He was my favorite teacher while at South Lake. He always made the class fun and entertaining. He will be remembered and missed. :-(
Stan was a great mentor and we shared a classroom my first year teaching American History. May he Rest In Peace.
Stan Allison preferred serving others privately, quietly, and without being the center of attention. He did not want the attention of serving as Bishop of his ward but when called he served faithfully. He touched many lives. It was an honor to have known him, to have served with him, and to have been his friend.
My condolences to his descendants and family for their loss and my congratulations to Stan for his graduation to the next step of the Plan of Salvation.
Tom Bithell, former president of the Bloomfield Hills Michigan Stake.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time as you grieve. Please remember we are here with you for whatever you need and know there is a happy reunion going on in heaven. 🌈