Alan Alexander Hyde

May 4, 1927September 19, 2021

On the evening of September 19th, 2021, Alan Alexander Hyde left his mortal life due to complications from cancer. He passed away peacefully at his Millcreek, Utah home, with family by his side.

Alan Alexander Hyde was born May 4th 1927, in Cardston, Alberta, Canada to William Preston and Jeanne Thompson Hyde. He was one of 4 brothers - Kenneth, Gordon and Wallace, and 2 sisters – Helen and his twin sister Audrey. Audrey was born first and was the larger twin. It took a while for Alan to finally thrive, and he was undersized most of his life. Growing up, kids called him “Sparrow” - short for a speckled sparrow egg, and his dad called him “Manny.” He liked those nicknames and old friends from Canada would occasionally use them. He was always independent and liked roaming the foothills and creeks of southern Alberta along with most other boys his age. He had fond memories from working summers at Cameron Lake in Waterton National Park, one of his favorite places on earth. Early in life, Alan was less mature and was held back a year behind Audrey. Then as a teen, he became discouraged after beginning his senior year late because he’d helped in the harvest. He dropped out of school and just worked odd jobs, never graduating from high school.

In February of 1949, Alan was called to serve as a full-time missionary in Australia for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, after saving $500 to pay the full cost of his mission. He spent the first 4 months of his mission in Fresno, California due to a boat strike. When the elders were finally able to get a boat to Australia, they booked passage on a freighter ship, which took a full month to get there. Alan served in Adelaide, Sydney, and Hobart, where he was able to bless the lives of many people. He sailed home on a cruise ship following the completion of his mission.

When Alan returned home, despite not having a high school diploma, he earned his GED and attended Brigham Young University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business. He put himself through school by cutting hair for students in his dorm room; some became well known – he liked name dropping their names. While attending BYU he met a young freshman, Elinor Godfrey, and was amazed by her maturity. He later received a strong spiritual confirmation that she was the “one.” They fell in love and on June 3rd, 1955, they were married and sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple. Together, they had six children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Initially, the family resided in the avenues of Salt Lake City but later moved to the East Millcreek bench, where they built a new home with a beautiful view of Mount Olympus and the Salt Lake Valley. They resided in the same home for over 56 years.

Alan worked for several companies after graduating from BYU, including ZCMI, Terminex, Heartland Realty, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was also self-employed for many years running his own termite pest control business. He was able to pay for flying lessons by trading his own self-painted oil paintings and was an avid pilot. He also served in the Civil Air Patrol and was an active member of the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter.

Alan was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and it was rare for him to miss Sunday services. He loved home teaching, and he made a huge effort to never miss the opportunity to minister to his families. He and Elinor served as missionaries at the Family History Library, and as stake missionaries for many years. Alan was proud of the fact that even at an old age, he and Elinor were “set-apart” missionaries when they both passed. They were always eager to share the gospel with others. Alan had a great love for Jesus Christ, and he enjoyed studying the scriptures and other books for insight and knowledge.

Alan was an independent soul, and at various times in his life he struggled with physical and mental health problems that manifested in ways that sometimes turned people away, especially close family members. He was insistent even to the very end that he could take care of himself and didn’t need help. Neighbors at times were concerned seeing Alan on his high rooftop shoveling off heavy snow, but Alan was insistent that he was fine. As a family, it was a challenge dealing with his stubborn tendencies, especially after Elinor passed. Again, he was adamant that he could take care of himself even to the very end. It was quite amazing what he did as a 94-year-old man, until his health declined rapidly over the last few months.

Prior to Elinor’s death last year, they celebrated 65 years of marriage. Alan is survived by his children: Kathryn Kelly, Margaret Jenkins (Bruce), Linda Read (David), Gordon Hyde (Roxana), Michael Hyde (Cyndi), and James Hyde, along with 37 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren. Alan was preceded in death by his wife Elinor, his parents and siblings, his son-in-law Randy Kelly, and a great granddaughter Brooke Kelly.


  • William Preston and Jeanne Thompson Hyde, Parents (deceased)
  • Elinor Godfrey, Spouse (deceased)
  • Kathryn Kelly, Daughter
  • Margaret Jenkins (Bruce Jenkins), Daughter
  • Linda Read (David Read), Daughter
  • Gordon Hyde (Roxana Hyde), Son
  • Michael Hyde (Cyndi Hyde), Son
  • James Hyde, Son
  • Alan is survived by 37 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren.
    Alan was preceded in death by his siblings, his son-in-law Randy Kelly, and a great granddaughter Brooke Kelly.

  • Gordon Hyde , Pallbearer
  • Michael Hyde , Pallbearer
  • Jim Hyde , Pallbearer
  • Brandon Kelly, Pallbearer
  • Scott Jenkins , Pallbearer
  • Chris Read , Pallbearer
  • Kaden Hyde , Pallbearer
  • Preston Hyde , Pallbearer
  • Cam Hyde, Pallbearer
  • Bruce Jenkins , Honorary Pallbearer
  • David Read , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Greg Kelly , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Michael Jenkins, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Geoff Read , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Steven Read, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bryant Read , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dan Hyde, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dallin Hyde , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jaxon Hyde , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Landon Hyde , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Kevin Hyde, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Viewing

    Monday, September 27, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, September 27, 2021


  • Interment

    Tuesday, September 28, 2021


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Sarah Haslip

September 28, 2021

I always enjoyed visiting Uncle Alan and Aunt Elinor. He made me feel like I was his favorite niece. I found out later that all of my siblings felt like they were #1 with him. He just had a way to connect with each of us and was so easy to talk to.
We will miss Alan and his sweetness.

Dianne Robbins

September 27, 2021

My neighbor and I watched the funeral online, because we couldn’t attend in person. We enjoyed getting to know Alan better, and we both felt inspired by who he and Elinor were and by what they accomplished, raising a large family. Look at the positive impact they have had on their posterity! Thank you all for your memories and thoughts. We thoroughly enjoyed the funeral. We love Alan and Elinor.

Kirk Walton

September 27, 2021

I'm glad I got to know him better the last few years. A great man that will be missed in the neighborhood.

David Allen

September 25, 2021

Alan was one of the first people to greet my wife and I when we moved into the neighborhood 5 1/2 years ago. At Church, he greeted us, asked where we lived and was pleased-as-punch to know that we lived down the street from him. Within a month, Alan and I were asked to serve as Home Teaching companions and I learned that Alan was always the ultimate missionary. A few months later when it was apricot season, Alan made sure we had plenty of of our favorite fruit to eat.

He set the bar high when it came to service and was always thinking of the perfect way to involve others in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Each Sunday, Alan came to Church early and patiently waited in the foyer to greet those neighbors and friends whom he had personally invited to attend Church; this he lovingly did until a month prior to his passing. Alan Hyde, the ultimate, dedicated friend and missionary, will be fondly remembered. Thank you, Alan for teaching me so much about the real meaning of ministering to others.

Shirley McConnell

September 25, 2021

Oh Kathy, my heart goes out to you. May you have peace in the memories of your father. It must be difficult to have two funerals so close together and loose two special men in your life. I’m so glad you have a testimony of the Plan of Salvation and can find peace in our Saviors love. My thoughts and prayer are with you.

JoAnn Penrose

September 24, 2021

I knew Alan ay BYU. A wonderful, sweet friend.

Lincoln Card

September 24, 2021

May the Hyde family be comforted during this difficult time.

I have many fond childhood memories in Canada with Alan. He was one of my dearest friends.

All the best,
Lincoln Card

NaDene Archibald

September 23, 2021

Dear Kathy and family of Alan and Elinor,
With both of your parents being called to serve their next mission. Yes, you will miss them here, but the knowledge that comes from the Gospel gives so much peace and assurance that you will meet again. I didn’t know Alan all that well,. But Elinor was so good to keep in touch. I appreciated her and her concern when Deloy passed 12 years ago. I know the Lord will bless you with the comfort that comes through the gift of the Holy Ghost.
My love, NaDene

Scott Jensen

September 22, 2021

I can only say thank you to Uncle Alan and Aunt Elinor what a privilege it was and is to be part of there family, their home was my secomd home, a place you be and it was home, thank you for so many great memories, love you and your family for always your nephew Scott P.S. you old Rascall, especially those buns, I mean rolls, and can you just get to the point, sure gonna miss ya