Roger Duane Allen

1945 ~ 2021


Oct. 23, 2021
11:00 AM
LDS Chapel, 272 East Traverse Point Road, Draper, Utah

Roger Duane Allen, of Draper, Utah and formerly of Sunnyvale, California passed away on October 17, 2021. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was 76 years old.

Roger was born on April 21, 1945 and grew up in Salt Lake City. Roger’s father remarried when he was a child to Erma Maxine Patterson. He married his wife Shirlene Simmons in 1964. They moved to California, and he worked as a specialized welder at United Airlines. They raised their children in the Bay Area. In May of 2020, they returned to Utah to be close to their extended family.

Roger held many roles within the LDS church, including the bishopric. He was also a Scout Master in the Boy Scouts of America for many years. He loved working with children and taught chess to them after his retirement. His pride and joy was his grandson and they enjoyed many activities together over that past 17 years. His biggest hobbies were chess, motorcycling, and photography. He was able to participate in numerous group motorcycle trips across the United States. He kept extensive journals of these trips, with photographs. His family is grateful to have these journaled memories to cherish. Roger was a devoted and involved husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

He will be deeply missed by his wife of 57 years, Shirlene, his children, Deborah (Doug), Brandee, Troy (Liselotte), and Tanya, his beloved grandson, Chance, and his sibling, Judy (Scott) Richardson. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Orice James (Maxine) Allen and Celeste Olsen as well as his sister, Lorie Allen.

A funeral service* will be held on Saturday, October 23, at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS chapel, 272 E Traverse Point Road, Draper, Utah. Family visitation will precede the service from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Interment will follow in Larkin Sunset Gardens.

*Please note masks will be required indoors and will be supplied for those who need them.

Condolences may be sent to the family at or at


We were saddened. To hear of Rogers passing. We pray Heavenly Father will comfort you in your loss. The services were beautiful. Sorry we weren't able to personally express our condolences.
Vernon & Elese Parent

- Vernon &Elese Parent

Dear Allen Family,

We are so very sorry to hear of Brother Allen’s passing. He was always so friendly and positive. I always enjoyed talking with him because he was so genuine.

Please know that your family is in our prayers at this time.

Julie Sobczak and family

- Julie Sobczak

My family greatly appreciate the friendship we enjoyed for many years. We loved looking down the street and seeing your house at the end of the street. Thank you for being an important part of our lives!

- Webb Shirley

We are so sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. A great man and a gentle servant of God. We loved the times we rode his “bus” to and from the temple. Our prayers for the family at this time.
Beth and Jared Headley

- Jared Headley

Dear Shirlene,
I was so saddened to hear that Roger passed away. He was a great friend who was so kind to everyone. I loved serving with him in the Bay View Ward and will never forget the great support he was to me. Alice and I loved the time we served together with you and Roger. God bless you at this time. Boyd Alder

- Boyd Alder

We are so sorry to hear of Roger's passing. We loved him and we were so privileged to have known him. Jason enjoyed working with him in Scouts. Always giving, and serving with a smile!
So sorry for your loss Shirlene and family, may the Lord bless you with peace especially during this time.

Love, Jason & Jan'l Kenney and family

- Jan'l Kenney

We are so sorry to hear of Roger's passing. We met Roger at our Water Fitness class in Sunnyvale and enjoyed both he and Shirley's presence at the class. We enjoyed the potlucks that they attended/hosted. Roger was a very gracious man. He will be missed. He loved his family and friends.

- Leila and Mike Kern

I had the good fortune of associating with Roger while we lived in Sunnyvale. He was a valued member of our ward. If I could summarize Roger's life in one word, it would be "mentor". He tenderly and gently led and guided everyone around him. He taught through his actions. And though we were separated by nearly 40 years in age, he never treated me as anything other than an equal. What a great man, and what a great legacy he has left behind. His influence will not be forgotten by the countless people he has touched.

- Shaun Jeffs

There never was a kinder man than your Roger Allen. He was everyone's friend, always the first to help, and never without a smile. He will be truly missed. Our hearts and minds are with you and your family.

- Natalie Slaugh

So sorry for your loss. We loved Roger back in the DeAnza Ward, Cupertino, CA when he was member of the bishopric. Such a great guy, he will be missed!

- Michael Bruce Goldberg

We were saddend to hear of Roger's passing. Whenever we mentioned Roger's name around our son Alex (3 years old), Alex always would exclaim: "where is Roger!?! I LIKE ROGER!" I think that summarizes the impact that Roger had with children and obviously Alex. Alex loved the time and attention that Roger always gave whenever Alex was outside playing.

May God be with you all during this difficult time.

-Jonathan, Amanda, Alex and Ainsley Schabowsky

- Schabowsky Family

Such a wonderful person whom I had the great honor of knowing.

- Cathy Rogers

Shirlene and Family,
Roger was one of the nicest people we knew. He went out of his way to help others all of the time. We loved him and his love for others showed all the time. We love Roger and we will miss him. We were sad when he moved and we are happy that we were able to see him last summer in Utah.

- Phil and Brooke Carmack

So sorry to hear of Roger's passing. He and Shirley have been life-long friends. He and Dale must be having a great reunion, lots of things for them to talk about. We loved hearing about all of Roger's adventures. He will be missed. When he was here visiting Dale, he told our children lots of interesting stories about he and Dale's great adventures. Lots of love to you Shirley and to your great children.
Love from all of us Larson's--Grethe

- Grethe Larson

It has been decades since I last saw Roger, but it seems like yesterday we were in high school together I always admired
His gentle ways. While we have not been close over the years, he remains a respected and admired friend. Heartfelt Doncic to the family.

- Paul’s Jensen

OMG - I am shocked to hear this news!!I thought I would have time to visit with him and Shirley when/if I made it to their town. May God bless and look after Shirley and their family during this difficult transition. Roger is and will always be an AWESOME person!!! I will cherish all the good memories I have made with Roger. 😢🙏🏼🥰🙏🏼

- Joanne

We were so very sorry to hear of Roger's passing. He was such a wonderful guy and such a good friend. You could always count on Roger for anything. He was a really fun person. Gary so enjoyed working with him at the temple. He always had that great smile and wa so positive. He will be greatly missed. May the Lord bless and comfort you Shirlene and your wonderful family. We are so very sorry. We love you.

Gary and Leah

- Gary and Leah Jespersen

I remember when Roger would come into town on his motorcycle and visit with my dad for hours. My dad always held Roger in highest regards. He and my dad both came with me to get my drivers license when I was sixteen. Roger told me to memorize my license number in case I ever needed it. I still remember my number to this day. Love you Roger.

- Trevor Vaseleou

To Shirlene and family,
So sorry to hear this news. He was our Ministering Brother a few years ago.
Such a kindly and talkative man. And you
were also several times when we were
all together. He will be remembered.

- Janette Kendrick