Steven Wallace Allen, 74, passed away in Mesa, Arizona on December 26, 2020. Steve was born in Phoenix, Arizona to Nephi Simeon Allen and Marjorie Nell Price Allen on August 25, 1946. He was the second of five children, James Allen (Shirlyn Hoyt), Marilyn Allen Bullock (Kent), David Allen (Becky Riggs) and Larry Allen (Nancy Scarlett).
As a young man, Steve served as a missionary in Germany for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Following his mission, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University where he met the love of his life, Linda Tanner. They got married on December 27, 1968. Shortly after, he received his Juris Doctorate at Arizona State University.
Steve and Linda have five fabulous children, 14 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren (#7 will be born in the Spring). He is remembered as a husband, a father, a teacher, a patriot, an author, a speaker, and one who touched the lives of so many. He left a legacy of patriotism and love for his savior Jesus Christ.
Steve was an Estate Planning Attorney and created over 5,000 Living Trusts for people all over the United States. He loved his work: he called it “Happy Law” because people came in happy and left happy. He always enjoyed a good lawyer joke!
For 20 years, Steve spoke at BYU Education Week in Utah each summer. It was his favorite time of life. Every year, he had lines of people waiting to get into his classroom and he even had an overflow room. He loved speaking about the Founding Fathers and the Trial of Christ.
After speaking at Education Week, Steve was inspired to write a book. That led to writing multiple books and he has been recognized and awarded for them. His seven books include: Founding Fathers Uncommon Heroes, The Illegal Trial of Christ, Give Me Liberty, You Can’t Take It With You So How Will You Leave It Behind, Granddaddy and the Prophets, And Justice For All, and Four Ordained.
His passion for the founding fathers inspired him to create an annual George Washington birthday party. It was a big event with pony rides, food trucks, art projects, fire trucks and more with over a thousand people in attendance. This included characters dressed as George and Martha Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, and Uncle Sam (on stilts) that would mill through the crowds teaching the children about the founding fathers. It was a great event.
For the past 2 ½ years, Steve & Linda have been serving as BYU Pathway Connect Missionaries. Serving the students has been a blessing to his life.
One of his favorite things to do was to feed the quail, finch, and hummingbirds in his backyard. He took great delight sitting on his patio, reading a book, and watching the birds. Another was to plant pansies in the yard. His love for this began in his childhood when he would plant pansies with his Grandaddy. He really enjoyed continuing the tradition by planting them with his children and then with his grandchildren every year. To this day, there are pansies in the yard that have been chosen by Steve himself.
Steve is survived by his wife Linda of 52 years, his children David Scott Allen (Laura McDaniel), Kari Allen VanNoy (Lann), Juli Jeanne Walsh (Christopher), Wendi Kaye Lee (Kevin), Jonathan Robert Allen (Andrea).
Steve would have loved to have everyone come celebrate his life. But because some of our family members have compromised immune systems, we sadly have to limit the funeral services to immediate family members. Because of the miracle of technology, everyone can remotely be at the services.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Funeral services are for immediate family only; however, there will be a broadcast available for all to view at http://mywebcast.churchofjesuschrist.org Event Code: 33113. Please sign into the broadcast with your name, it will be given to the family as the guest list. Thank you so much. Interment will be at the Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of sending flowers, please consider making a donation to help with his medical and funeral expenses and to set up the Steven W. Allen memorial fund to create a perpetual pansy garden where it can be enjoyed by all. The memorial garden will be at the Queen Creek Botanical Gardens inside the English Garden.