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Wallace Alan Turley

04/04/1946 - 01/12/2022
Service Date: 01/22/2022
Service Time: 11:30 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1865 S. Higley Road, Gilbert, Az 85295
Visitation Date: 01/21/2022
Visitation Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel - 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

Wallace Alan Turley, an honorable husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2022. Alan was born April 4, 1946 in Mesa, Arizona. He is one of five children born to Wallace and Margaret Turley. 

Alan grew up in downtown Mesa and graduated from Mesa High School. He went on to receive his Masters in Architecture from Arizona State University where he met his bride Millicent Heaton.  They were sealed in the St. George, Utah Temple May 29, 1969. He served in the US Army in Texas for a time after their first daughter was born. They then returned to Mesa and continued to grow their family with six daughters. Shelley (Nathan), Melissa (Jason), Rachel (Michael), Heather (Matthew), Jessica (Joshua), and Joanna (Jared). They have 27 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Alan had a successful career in architecture. He designed the homes they lived in, as well as many schools and community buildings in the area. His projects included Red Mountain High School and Corona Del Sol High School. He also worked on the redesign of Gammage Auditorium at Arizona State University. 

He has served in many ways in his church as well.  He served a 2 year mission to the Southern States Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 19 years old, as well as a service mission in St George, Utah working in the St. George Temple and Church Employment Office in his later years. Alan and Milli served as Temple workers in both the Mesa Arizona and Gilbert Arizona Temples. He has served as High Councilor, Teacher, Bishopric Counselor and Bishop for the church, touching the lives of many through his service.

Alan is preceded in death by his parents – Wallace and Margaret, siblings – Ella Mae (Gerard), Loreine (Claude), Donna, Wayne (Nancy – Living), and his eternal companion Millicent.

Viewing will be January 21, 2022 at Bunker Family Funeral Home Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201 from 6-8pm. He will be laid to rest at the Mesa Cemetery January 22, 2022 at 10 am, followed by Funeral Services at 1865 S Higley Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85295 at 11:30 am.

Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Alan I worked together on several projects, mostly for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Always the professional but a great friend I also had the opportunity to work with him in the Gilbert temple. A great man, I’ll miss his friendship.

  • Allen is such a great man who our family loved! I know he is full of joy with his sweet Millie in his arms. We are so sorry for your loss and know that he will be greatly missed. We love all of you girls!

  • What a great man and neighbor! We love all of the Alan Turley family and have such great memories of fun times on 158th street in Gilbert.
    Lots of love from all of the Allreds!

  • Alan & Milli Turkey, such dear & beloved friends. Memories of movies, eating out, trips to general conference, spending the nite @ Heston ranch on the way home. There are none better. I miss them.

  • A good friend and colleague. We collaborated on a number of projects in recent years. We worked together when we were both much younger. He was a talented and competent architect. I will miss his occasional calls or emails.

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