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Obituary: Parley Elwin Allred

Parley Elwin Allred 1912 ~ 2005 LOGAN, UTAH - Parley Elwin Allred, of Logan, Utah passed away Sept. 7, 2005 at The Sunshine Terrace. Elwin was born Aug. 26, 1912, in Paris, Idaho to Parley Leon and Pearl Fackrell Allred. He had an older sister, Belva Allred Hart; and a younger brother, Leon Dale Allred. He married Donna Stephens, of Preston, June 26, 1936 in Provo, Utah. They were divorced the spring of 1943. He married Grace Benson Crookston Dec. 6, 1947 in Elko, Nevada. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple. Elwin was educated in Preston, Idaho where he graduated from Preston High School. While in High School he organized and was the leader of "The Elcodian" dance band and played for many dances in the South Eastern Idaho area. Elwin served his country during the second world war in the 104th Timberwolf Infantry Division and fought across Europe. His unit liberated several concentration camps, including the death camp at Nordhausen. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart, being wounded in action, and received the Bronze Star for valor. He and his wife, Grace, organized the Merry Mixers Square Dance Club and spent many years square dancing and performed in competitions. Elwin and Grace spent many years traveling to his army reunions. He has written many articles of his experiences for publication in the 104th Timberwolf News. Elwin lived in Logan and was employed by both The Herald Journal Newspaper and The Herald Printing Company for 42 years until his retirement. Elwin is a devoted Republican and has served on many committees within the Republican Party and was actively involved in the affairs of the Logan City and Cache County Councils. He was known throughout the state for his many letters to the editor. He was also instrumental in organizing and collecting funds from each town in the county to replace the deteriorated War Memorial on the Court House corner. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, (Belva); a brother, (Dale); and his beloved wife, Grace. He is survived by one son, Ronald (Sharon) Crookston, Logan; four granddaughters, Teresa (Michael) Larsen, Salt Lake City, Utah; Coreen (Kris) Larsen, Logan, Utah; Allison (Derrick) Longson, Highland, Utah; Jennifer (Paul) Schofield, Sandy, Utah. He is the grandfather of 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday at 12:00 noon in the Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E. Center, Logan. Friends may call at the mortuary Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. and on Monday from 10-11:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Logan Cemetery with military honors. A guestbook may be signed at www.allenmortuaries.net