Allen John Frandsen of Centerfield, Utah, passed away on Sept. 5, 2022 at his home from natural causes at 103 years of age. He was born to Peter Lafayette and Ida Larsen Frandsen on Aug. 27, 1919, in Clarion, Utah.
Allen attended Snow College, joined the Army Air Corps during World War II, met and married Evelyn Mackay on March 30, 1942 and after discharge from the U.S. Army, he became a farmer, which he loved. As a farmer, he kept up with new machinery and new ways of doing things.
He was named Utah’s Young Farmer of the Year in 1948. He was a member of the Farm Bureau and later became president.
He was also president of the Mayfield Irrigation Company, the Sanpete Water Development and National Resources Committee, a director of the South-Central Knife and Fork Club, a member of the Sanpete Cattlemen’s Association, the American Legion, the school board, the state ASCS. He in- troduced cloud seeding and was on the state Republican Committee.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he held many callings and served as bishop’s counselor and as a bishop for 16 years. He was also a member of the high council. He served a mission with his wife, Evelyn, in the Philippines and served in the Manti Temple for 22 years and was a sealer for 21 years.
Allen and his wife, Eve- lyn, were married for over 80 years and officially became Utah’s oldest and longest married couple. He was dearly loved and respected by everyone.
Survived by his wife, Evelyn; sons: Russell (Christie), Tracy (Patricia) and Kelly (Kathy); daughters, Joan Gardner and Rita Gardner: daughter-in-law (Shauna and Mike Frei); 39 grandchildren, 105 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; sisters: Louise Pratt and Ina Midgley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sons: Ronald, Mark and Myles Frandsen; grandchildren: Cynthia, Christi, Matthew and Victor Gardner, Jacob and Isaac Frandsen; and Bradley Gardner; son-in-law, Douglas Gardner; brothers: Ivan and Ray Frandsen; sisters: Edna Bjerregard and Marion Christensen.
Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 12, 2022 at noon in the Centerfield 1st Ward Chapel. Burial was in the Centerfield Cemetery with military honors by the Centerfield American Legion Post #105. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www. maglebymortuary.com.