Samuel Sam Loraine Allan

July 4, 1918May 21, 2011

Samuel Loraine Allan 1918 ~ 2011

Samuel Loraine Allan, 92, peacefully passed away at home in Riverton, Utah, surrounded by loving family, on May 21, 2011. Born July 4, 1918, in Mapleton, Utah, he was one of six children of Joseph and Cornelia Brooks Allan. He was educated in Springville schools, Brigham Young University, and American University in Washington, D.C.

Samuel Loraine married his sweetheart, Dorothy Gammell, in Springville on January 7, 1939. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti Temple. He was the father of seven children: Dorothy Ann (Lynn) Jenkins, Saratoga Springs, UT; Judith Elaine (Steve) Kenyon, Riverton, UT; Loueda Marie Jensen, Fountain Green, UT; Birdie Marian (Hank) Miller, Salt Lake City, UT; and Evelyn Kay (Bob) Reed, Layton, UT.

He was preceded in death by sons Terrence Fred and Robert Brooks; also by his sister, Verna, and brothers Leland, Joseph, and Robert Calvin. He is survived by his daughters, eighteen grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by a foster daughter, Priscilla Begay and her husband, Ralph, and children of the Navajo Nation.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps of World War II. He served as personnel manager of federal agencies in Washington, D.C. and Utah. And he served as president of the Temple Quarry Chapter of Sons of Utah Pioneers. He sang tenor with the American West Symphony Chorus and traveled with them to perform in the Scandinavian countries. In his later years, he authored a book, “The Allan Story, a History of the Allan Family.”

Sam loved competitive sports and high adventure. He ran in marathons and took up technical climbing. He ran from Draper to Springville to attend his fiftieth high school reunion. He climbed in many high mountain areas, including Teton Peaks, Wind Rivers, and the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal and Tibet. He led back-packing trips into primitive areas for Wasatch Mountain Club and served on its Board of Directors.

With his wife, Dorothy, he served a full-time L.D.S. mission to England. He served in the presidency of the Hereford Branch, and established enduring and loving relationships with members in Hereford and South Wales.

His family and friends will miss his generosity of spirit, his gentle and loving good-nature, his thoughtfulness and wisdom. They will also miss his sense of humor with perfect timing and his numerous and fascinating stories. They are also happy for him, secure in the knowledge that he is happy, free from pain, and with his sweetheart and loving family who have gone before him.

The family extends a special thank you to Alpha Omega Hospice, Bill, Candy, Rose, Gabriel.

Services will be held Friday, May 27, 2011, at 12:00 noon at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City. A viewing will take place there on Thursday, evening, May 26, 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour before the funeral. Condolences may be made to



  • Visitation Thursday, May 26, 2011
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 27, 2011
  • Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park Friday, May 27, 2011


  • Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park

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Andrea (Watson) Johnson

May 28, 2011

It was a privilege to know Sam. He was like a grandfather to me. I experienced first hand his kind and loving nature, his ability to give, and also to have fun. He will be missed. I still think of him and the effect he had on my life.

Rose Murray,RN Alpha Hospice

May 27, 2011

Thank you for sharing your sweet father with our team. We enjoyed each visit with him, and hope we made his last year more peaceful, and made his pain bearable. I know he is at peace, and looking for new mountains to climb.

May 26, 2011

Sending my love and condolences to a great man with a wonderful family!
Dr. John Garrett,
Alpha Omega Hospice

Ed and Kim Casperson

May 26, 2011

Judy, we loved your Dad. He was a bright, shining star and example to everyone. His testimony was a wonderful gift to many and we admired him very much. We know you will miss him, but we also know that he is happy and fulfilled, having given his all while he was here.

May 25, 2011

Judy, our hearts and prayers are with you. You have been so strong and loving with your Dad these last days of his life. It was such a pleasure to get to know him and the kind of man that he is. We know he is in a joyful and loving place, and at peace with his Maker.

Clyde and Ingrid Frehner

Tedette Fuller

May 25, 2011

Eve, I am so sorry about your dad. I know that you love him very much. I know that you will see him again someday. we love you and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mike Taylor

May 25, 2011

We love you, Sam. Our lives are far better because you were in it. It saddens us that you had to suffer so much at the end, but now you are free to climb another mountain. Say hello to Dorothy for us and save us a place at dinner table at the Family Reunion. We all look forward to seeing you again.

Much Love,

Teri Ostler

May 25, 2011

A truly wonderful man! His kindness, thoughtfulness & generosity will always be treasured. I will never forget him & the genuine person he was. I feel blessed that I knew him.


Loraine 1918


Verna, Cornelia, Calvin, Loraine, and Joseph in Moran, Wyoming.