Allen Gary Anderson, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, 61, of Orem, passed away peacefully Saturday morning at his home surrounded by family, after a several-month bout with pancreatic cancer.
A. Gary Anderson was born April 8, 1933 in Ephraim, Utah, a son of Allen H. and Dorothy Rose Bedell Anderson. He married Sara Annette Dean of Ephraim, on December 27, 1956 in the Manti LDS Temple. Gary and Annette are the proud parents of nine children, and 29 grandchildren. Gary graduated from Snow High School, Snow College, University of Utah, and Brigham Young University with a Doctorate in Education Administration. Brother Anderson filled a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to Denmark during 1953-56.A. Gary taught seminary for four years, Institute one year at Snow College, and was the Institute Director at Dixie College for nine years. Over the last 23 years, he was an Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine in the College of Religion at Brigham Young University. Brother Anderson has directed many church history tours, as well as two Semester Abroad Groups to Israel in 1977 and 1986. Gary was currently serving as Second Counselor in the Orem Utah Stake Presidency.
Surviving are his eternal companion, Sara Annette Dean, his sisters: Dorothy Jean (Stanford) Peterson, of Mayfield, Utah; Rosemary (Dean) Larson, Delta, Utah; and children: Ronald D. and Jill Anderson, Jerusalem, Israel; Hal G. and Julie Anderson, St. George; Jan D. and Allene Anderson, Orem; Angela and John Hill, Orem; Kim D. and Debra Anderson, Billings, Montana; Lori and Michael Moss, Layton; Clark D. and Sheri Anderson, Richfield; Tiffany and Rick Sorensen, Nashville, Tenn.; and Tyler D. Anderson, of Orem.
Gary always found time for his children, grandchildren and his students. Gary loved people, and was true and faithful in his service to his Heavenly Father.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, 10 a.m. in the Orem 1st Ward Chapel, 80 South 280 East, Orem. Friends may call Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home in Orem at 600 East 800 North and Wednesday one hour prior to the services at the ward chapel.
Burial will be in the Ephraim City Cemetery on Wednesday, 3 p.m.
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