Charles McKay Allred

April 12, 1915October 5, 2012

Charles Mckay Allred, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend passed away October 5, 2012 in Broomfield, Colorado. Mckay was born in Star Valley, Wyoming on April 12, 1915 to Theras Orson Allred and Florence Rheuamah Porter, the 3rd of 13 children. He grew up in Logan, Grantsville, and Provo, Utah. Mckay graduated from Brigham Young University in 1938 with a Degree in Physics. He served as a missionary in the East Central States Mission from 1940 - 1942. As World War II commenced, he served his country by joining scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop radar which helped win the war. After the war, he continued graduate work at BYU where he met Velma Grace Horner, his future wife. In 1948, he joined the National Bureau of Standards as a Microwave Engineer in Arlington, Virginia. In 1950 he and Velma were married in the L.D.S. Temple in Manti, Utah. He relocated with the Bureau to Boulder, Colorado until he retired in 1986. He built a home in East Boulder and after 50 years moved to Broomfield, Colorado. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he served in many callings and provided many hours of service. His interest in music included a dance band, piano, voice, and composition. He loved gardening. He was always positive, open, honest, and never complained. Preceded in death by his parents, 8 siblings and his daughter, Janene, he is survived by his wife, Velma; six children Daryl (Sylvia), Kevin (Debbie), Brent (Terri), Layne (Kristin), Kaylyn (John) Christensen, Valene (Darin) Durfey; 4 sisters, Elaine Hawkins, Joye Cluff, Noreen Hess and Carol Bean; 26 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. A viewing for family and friends will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. at the L.D.S. Church followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. (for location, call 720-383-4404) Interment will be at Green Mountain Cemetery, 290 20th St., Boulder, CO.


  • Visitation Saturday, October 13, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 13, 2012

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Wilbur & Betty Anson

October 15, 2012

10/15/2012 McKay was & is an inspiration to me. He was one of the first people we met when we moved from Eastern Oregon College to the University of Colorado in 1954. He made us feel welcome. He was gentle, soft spoken man who lead by example. He influenced many lives in a positive way and that is a legacy worth leaving.

He was my first employer at NBS Boulder while going to UofC. I remember his technical guidance plus his playing the piano & leading sing-alongs at NBS Xmas party.

He was a great man ! !

Carl Nielson

October 14, 2012

Dear Allred Families,
Carl and Johnsie Nielson here. We were neighbors on Fairview Road in Boulder; and Boulder 2nd Ward. Good neighbors and I learned things from McKay. One memory, there was a Hmong family he knew that needed work done on their car engine. The two of us took off the head, had a valve job done one it and put it together again for the family - can't remember their names, but this was not out of the ordinary for McKay. He gave me my Patriarchal Blessing.

Another memory for Mother's Day one year he arranged for all of the males in the Ward to do a special kinda choir number. He was skilled musically and long on patience thank goodness. After all the practice and 'not quite' we did perform it on the Sunday of Mother's Day. Delightful, delightful, good man.
Love to all, Brother Carl Nielson.

Gordon & Donetta Dunn

October 12, 2012

Dear Velma and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of McKay. We always remember him as a fun, gentle and caring man. He and your family have been a great example to us. You are in our thoughts and Prayers. Our deepest Sympathy!
The Dunn's
Gordon & Donetta

Bud & Caroline Harrison

October 12, 2012

Dearest Velma and family ... we've always loved McKay ... his love and talent in music was always appreciated ... he's the man who helped Caroline get two Nubian Goats when we lived on Eldorado Drive ... and Bud remembers McKay playing the organ for the Priesthood meetings ... we love you Velma and remember your own artistic talents ... we're still living in the Washington DC area and our hearts are with you on this special day ... may Heavenly Father continue to bless you with all of the righteous desires of your heart ... Bud & Caroline Harrison

Tammy Sandoval State Farm

October 11, 2012

Velma & Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Please let us know if we can do anything.

"Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight."

-Your State Farm Family

October 11, 2012

How much we love Mckay and his music. He was one of our most special and spiritual man on our life. Our Love goes to all of the Allred family and hope you realize how much we love him.
Marilyn L Crawford.

October 10, 2012

Dear Velma and family,
My thoughts are with you during this time of loss. I wish I could be present for the funeral but i am there in spirit with you. May God bless you and your family and keep you in His loving arms. Love you all.

Love Blanca Hess Arnold

Cletus & Phyllis Hoer

October 10, 2012

Dear Velma and family,
Words can't express the love and respect we have for Mckay and you. He was the first person Phyllis met when we moved to Boulder in September of 1955 for Cletus to attend CU. We ended up staying there after he graduated and we had so many happy years there - Clete sharing rides to work with the men in a carpool from East Boulder to NBS, Phyllis in MIA with the youth activities and McKay's music. When he got a new piano, our family inherited his old, well-used one. We were honored to get it. Marilyn still plays all these years at church in Texas. We moved from Boulder in 2006, but have never forgotten the Allreds and your great family. We will miss him, too. We share with Dave Allen about your lives and McKay's piece of wisdom: "There is no limit to the amount of good you can do, if you just not worry about who gets the credit" He passed that on to our family.
We are among the many people who admired and loved him. May you all be at peace. We will meet again. Again we send our love and gratitude for your friendship. Our sympathy and prayers are with you. Phyllis & Cletus Hoer

October 9, 2012

Uncle McKay was always happy and loved music. It was always fun to be with Uncle McKay. I have no doubt that there is great happiness and music on the other side. Love Diana Nicol Chase

David Allan

October 9, 2012

McKay is one of my all time and eternal best friends. His love and service oriented nature toward all of Heavenly Father's children has always inspired me. We have known each other since 1960 when we moved to Boulder. We have spent many hours serving together and working together. Also, his scientific accomplishments are very significant, and I loved his statement in that regard, "You can get a lot done, if you don't worry about who gets the credit." My wife and I dearly love McKay, Velma, and their beautiful family. We know McKay is in a great place because of his faithfulness in mortality. He always charmed our church activities with his outstanding and versatile ability at the piano and with special lyrics.