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Allen Hollingshead

July 7, 1942 — July 13, 2013

Allen Boyack Hollingshead, Husband, Father, Uncle, Mentor, and Friend slipped quietly away from this life Saturday July 13, 2013 in his home at the age of 71. Allen was born in Delta, Utah on July 7, 1942, the youngest of six sons born to Beatrice and John Elmer Hollingshead. Growing up in a small town and left to his own devises, Allen loved the adventures of his childhood and spoke fondly of how those beginnings influenced the man he became. He learned quickly from a young age the importance of working hard, playing hard, and loving his family. In sixth grade he moved to Downey, California. In school, he was involved in athletics, cooking, journalism, business, and theater, receiving a full scholarship to the 'Pasadena Players', which he turned down to join the army after graduating from Warren High School in the Spring of 1961. Allen's service in the army lasted one year before he was called on a mission to Switzerland in 1962 for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Allen served faithfully for two and a half years, creating some strong friendships that last to this day. After his mission Allen worked as an electrician to save enough money to purchase his first restaurant. On April 1, 1968 Allen opened the first Del Taco franchise, leading to a lifelong love of the food industry, later opening restaurants in Montana and Utah. In the summer of 1968 Allen met the love of his life Charlene Jensen, who first caught his attention across the dance floor with her "golden laugh" and "beautiful smile". They were married in the Los Angeles LDS temple on Saturday July 26, 1969. Allen and Charlene had six children: Kevin, Steven, Julie, Kristi, Jennie, and Katie. Allen was also blessed to have three of his nephews, Stan, Johnny, and Greg become part of his family. He felt very blessed to see all nine of these children married in the temple. He was actively involved in the lives of his family and was a mentor and friend to many others. Allen was deeply involved in Scouting for over 40 years starting in 1965. He positively influenced the lives of hundreds of young men and in 1995 he received the Silver Beaver Award for his outstanding service. He loved his wife deeply, his family immensely, and The Lord completely. He will not be easily forgotten.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2013 in the Park First Ward building, 50 South 750 W, Orem, UT. A viewing will be held prior to services on Saturday from 11:30-12:45p.m. in the same building.

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