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Allan Jones Holdsworth

March 8, 1931 ~ October 25, 2020 (age 89)


Allan Jones Holdsworth of Snowflake, Arizona, unexpectedly passed away in his home on October 25, 2020 of a heart attack. He was 89 years young. He remained active doing the things he loved right up to his passing with many projects in the works.

He was born September 8, 1931 in Lehi, Utah to Louis Bahr Holdsworth & Mary Etta Jones. Although he faced many hardships in his life, he remained true, positive and faithful to the end.

He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission to the Southern States Mission as well as serving in many other church callings. 

In his retirement, he loved working on his projects, but he also loved spending time with his church family.  He would always look forward to returning to Snowflake for his responsibilities.

Allan was also in the U.S. Army and spent many years in active duty service in Alaska.

He made friends everywhere he went who quickly became attached to him.

Allan competed in many archery events and won the Utah Archery Association overall archer of the year title and traveling trophy. After winning this award many years in a row, the trophy was retired to him. He was responsible for many innovations in archery equipment.

He was always engaged in inventing or improving something and spent a lot of time in the library self educating about wherever his interests took him.

He retired from Geneva Steel as a machinist. Before going to school for that trade, he worked there as a laborer. He also worked as a truck driver and a firefighter.

He developed a passion for alternative energy; following his normal pattern of inventing and improving, he built wind turbines and solar power systems for all of the power at his home.

If you asked him what he was working on, better be prepared for a long discussion about all the details of power generation or his automatic garden watering system. In addition to his interest in alternative energy, he was an excellent and innovative gardener.

When he was 80 he was very upset that women at social events treated him "like an old man". In his mind, he was not an old man!

He was a father to 11 children. He made an extreme effort to see his children right up to his passing having just returned from a trip to see several of them.

He married Elsa Marie Kendrick and adopted her three daughters: Marian, Carolyn and Debbie before having his first son Jeffrey. After their divorce Allan’s mother was awarded custody of all three girls. He later married Jean Marie Morefield and adopted her daughter, Lisa. Allan and Jean had 6 Children: Troy, Wayne, Loren, Taunya, Scott, and Aaron. This young family was devastated when Jean suddenly passed away.

Allan then married Margie Ann Hough, but they eventually divorced. He later married Beth Elaine Sutton for time only, since they both had someone waiting for them on the other side. Beth died shortly after their marriage. He was like a father to their children as well.

Material possessions were never important to Allan. He was very kind hearted and would readily help anyone who needed it, many times with great sacrifice. The most common adjective mentioned to describe him when people heard of his passing was his kindness.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wives Jean Marie Morefield and Beth Elaine Sutton, his daughter Debbie Mae Sorenson, and his grandson Robert Dammann. He is survived by ten children: Marian Enger, Carolyn (Dennis) Dammann, Jeffrey (Jane), Lisa (Rhett) Wintch, Troy, Wayne (Liliana), Loren, Taunya (Lars) Koschin, Scott (Jennifer), and Aaron. He is also survived by a sister Louetta (Ralph) Dammann and his brother, Grant Jones (Lynda) Holdsworth. He has 29 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and many more who called him "Grandpa Allan".

Allan will be missed by many who appreciated his great example, his kindness, and zest for life.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate his life at the Lehi, Utah cemetery on Friday June 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., where his ashes will be placed in a pre-arranged site next to his wife, Jean.

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