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Christon Conrad Allen

11/09/1951 - 01/06/2021
Service Date: 01/14/2021
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints- 920 S. Lindsay Road, Mesa, Arizona
Interment: Gilbert Memorial Park

We are heartbroken to share that on Tuesday, January 6, 2021, Christon Conrad Allen, beloved husband and father of four children, passed away at the age of 69.

Chris was born on November 9, 1951, in Safford, Arizona to Conrad and Kay Allen. He graduated from Mesa High School in 1969 and Arizona State University with a degree in business. He loved his country and served honorably in the US Navy for four years, stationed on the USS Kitty Hawk in the Vietnam War. On October 25, 1975 he married the love of his life, Deborrah Lynn Burnham. Together they raised two daughters, Heather and Rebecca and two sons, Daniel and Nathaniel.

His devotion and love for his Savior and others was evident in the way he served. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many callings, among which his favorites included Institute and Gospel Doctrine Teacher, Cub Master, and Primary Pianist. He was especially dedicated to the families he ministered to as a Home Teacher, as one special Home Teacher had been instrumental in his own wife and children joining the church.

His business efforts focused primarily on helping business owners structure their businesses for capital growth. This form of development helped businesses grow and otherwise expand into new markets and helped business owners achieve their goals. He loved working with new and small businesses. He believed this was where the most value could be created and success achieved.

Dad was a man of many interests, hobbies, and talents. He fell in love with magic at a young age, and many knew him best by his stage name Professor Presto. He performed many shows all over the state of Arizona and across the US, he also appeared on TV on the Hollywood Palace. Dad considered himself a chef, a poet, a composer, an author, a matchmaker, a singer, a teacher, an entrepreneur, and a gardener, amongst many other titles. Dad was widely read, and always ready to share insight into the deeper meanings of life. He loved to laugh and was never afraid to poke fun at himself and others, yet he was also quick to give a compliment and make you feel like you were the most talented person in the world.

Chris was preceded in death by his father, Conrad, his mother Kay and his brother Kevin. He is survived by his wife Debbie, his four children and 16 grandchildren: Heather Prusse (husband Chad, children Zackery, Conner, Halle, Luke and Jackson), Daniel (wife Lynzie, children Evelyn, Micah, Ezra, Levi, Gabriel and Esther), Nathaniel (wife Rachel, children Simon, Violet, Wren, and Wells) and Rebecca Hipps (husband Zach, daughter Claire); his siblings Noel, Cory, Shawn, Melodee, Elizabeth, Anti and Ronnie, as well many other family and friends too numerous to list but not forgotten.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 14th at  920 S. Lindsay Rd. Mesa, AZ at 10:00 a.m. He will be buried on Thursday, January 14th at Gilbert Memorial Park, 2100 E. Queen Creek Rd. Gilbert, AZ at 11:45 pm. We ask all those in attendance to wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines. The family humbly requests that in lieu of flowers, families and friends can make a donation to the Desert-Marigold School, in honor of the years Chris dedicated to Waldolf education in Arizona and Utah. https://desertmarigold.org/giving/tax-credit/

**To watch a live stream of the services, click here**: https://youtu.be/xpH-fH–iAw




  • Kathaleen Allen

    Debbie and Family, my love and prayers are with you always ❤️I’m here for you always and forever, I’m sure my Gordon an your Chris are reuniting their close loving friendship, Chris is and always will be a wonderful loving Man. Love you, Kathy

  • James & Becky Woolf

    Debbie, Becky and I want you to know Chris is a friend. May our father in heaven wrap you in his arms with extra support at this time.

  • Pastors Tim and Debbie Gustafson

    We send our condolences and want the family to know Chris touched our lives with his love and kindness. We were grateful God brought him into our life for a brief moment. Love and prayers of peace to the family.

  • Stephen and Carolei Phelps

    So very sorry to hear of Chris’ passing. He was a joy to his parents, who were the best of friends to me, to his siblings, each of whom I know and love, and all the world around him. Debbie, heartfelt condolances to you and your family. We love you! — Stephen and Carolei Phelps

  • Shirley Merrill White and Teresa White Yetter

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Chris. We are not sure we can make it to the services, but will love to attend virtually and will watch for the link. Chris is my mother’s (Shirley) first cousin and I am her daughter. We have fond memories of Chris and his magic! May you be comforted in your loss.

  • Debbie and Duane Gordon

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Chris. We remember his fun, creative, kind personality. We love your family and are praying for you all. Hugs, more hugs. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Chris was a great childhood friend. I was his first magic show assistant in a show at Lowell Elementary School. We had most lost touch over the years, but I have very fond memories of his sunny personality. So sorry to hear of his passing so suddenly! My prayers are with his family.

  • Kathy Miller Hansen

    Chris was a charmer, close friend from junior high on. Even though Noel was my age, Chris was always part of the package. Good memories, fun in band, great church association. You will be a great missionary in heaven♥️

  • Jodi Kitsmiller

    Debbie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember you and Chris falling in love, it was obvious from the start he adored you. He had such a kind spirit. You will be in my prayers.

  • I was in boot camp with Chris.
    He was a great guy and fun to be around.
    We were in platoon 922 special company and attended some parades in San Diego.
    I know he will be missed.
    Sorry to see he’s gone.
    My most heartfelt condolences.
    He called me CW.

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