Our loving, gentle husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend died on July 10, 1998 at the age of 81.
Born August 30, 1916, in Bisbee, Arizona to Axel Herman Lundgren and Agnes Matilda Lavin. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where Allen attended all of his basic education. Graduated from the University of Utah in 1941 with a major in Art. He studied under the tutelage of LeConte Stewart and A.B. Wright. Continued further education at the University of Iowa. Married Ruth Horne June 10, 1942 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.Lifetime member of the LDS Church, served a mission in Sweden, where he was translator and editor of the missionary newspaper, Vagvisaren, and a member of the American Harmony Singers. He has kept close touch with many of those companions over the past 60 years. Served as president of the Young Mens' Organization in two wards, High Priest Group Leader, teacher, member of the Bishopric in Yalecrest II Ward, and High Counselor in Bonneville Stake. He was a guide and trainer on Temple Square for five years, and a member of the Church Hosting staff for seven years, receiving VIP's who came as official contacts from large organizations from around the world. Allen served a Public Affairs Mission in Honolulu, Hawaii with his wife, Ruth, again publishing a newspaper as well as conducting interviews with officials of government and business which affected Church affairs.
His professional work was in the field of personnel management and employee development. For many years, he was attached to a Regional Medical Education Corp. which served 26 hospitals training and recertifying doctors, dentists, and nurses for the Veterans Administration. Allen used his skills in art and graphic design throughout his career to enhance his projects both professionally and in family activities.
During World War II he was a Special Agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps, serving in the European Theater for three and one half years. He continued in the Army Reserve, retiring after 20 years as Chief Warrant Officer 4.
After retirement he returned to his love of painting and became an accomplished landscape painter. To his credit are three one-man shows and several joint exhibits. His canvases are found in the USA, Sweden, Germany, and England. Continued to paint until his illness. Allen loved to plan trips and traveled with Ruth to many destinations around the world.
Allen loved his family and spent many hours with them in Lamb's Canyon. Survived by children, Virginia Lee (Douglas) Bywater, Allen Howard (Andrea), Mark Horne (Nancy); eight wonderful grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Allen was born into a family of six sisters, Lillian (George) Gray, Rose (Don) Hansen, Virginia (John Cross and Nephi Bierman), Berniece (Walter) Heinz, and Carol (Robert) mayfield. He is preceded in death by his sister, June (Gerald) Bagley.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 15, 1998, at 12 noon, at Yalecrest II Ward, 1035 So. 1800 E. Friends may call Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 E. 1300 South, and Wednesday at the ward 10:30-11:30 a.m. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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