June 3, 1940—November 29, 2017
Allen Lee Mills was born in Joseph, Utah on June 3, 1940 to Eva and Melvin Mills.
He was called Home in the early morning of November 29, 2017 at his home with Leola, his wife of 43 years, by his side.
Allen started working at a young age to help support his family and most people knew him because he was always doing something that needed to be done; even if it was for someone else. The last days of his life were his toughest because the cancer kept him from getting up and working and enjoying the outdoors he loved so much. He was an adventurer and a story teller and he loved a good laugh.
Allen grew up in many towns in Idaho, Utah, and Nevada. His late teen years found him in Wells, Nevada where he was always hunting; when he wasn’t working. In Wells he started driving truck- picking up and delivering fuel for the 4 Way Truck Stop. That is when he met and married Sharon Sharp and had two sons, Clarence Lee Mills and Clinton Allen Mills.
He built and opened up a service station while running the Lone Star Motel. He also was a great help to his Father and Mother in Law, Clarence and Helen Sharp, with their motel. The service station was perfect for him because daily he was helping people out with either fixing their cars, filling them up while visiting, or helping a family that needed gas to get home. Sometimes all at the same time! This also was the place he taught his oldest son Clare about work ethic. At an early age, Clare was taught to pump gas, wash windows, fix flat tires, and clean the service station. All while respecting every paying customer, and instilling kindness and charity in every interaction.
Allen loved camping and bow-hunting and would take anyone with him that wanted to go. Some of his best stories were from these camping trips. He and his friends started an archery club so they could shoot all year long. Shooting archery is where his youngest son Clint learned that to get better at something, took hard work and another lesson in perseverance and humility.
In 1975 Allen moved to Salt Lake City where he met and married Leola Johnson and become Dad to Susan Vigolo and Debbie Arnold and a Granddad to Jeremy and Nicole Arnold.
Salt Lake City is where Allen started over and his work ethic moved him up the ladder at US Welding where he drove truck, fixed things, and did anything that was needed for the company, his customers, and co-workers.
He spent most of his vacations hunting for deer on Monroe Mountain (Utah) where he loved to ride his four-wheeler. While down there, he loved to help his Mom with projects around her house.
Even before retirement Allen was well known around his neighborhood for removing snow, moving the paper to the door, making sure trash was taken to the curb, and fixing anything that needed it.
After retirement Allen loved spending time riding his four-wheeler with his brother Tom or best friend Butch Haney. He loved it when he had Leola and his dog riding on the back down those dirt roads. A great day was when they would ride all day and not see another person.
Everyone that knew Allen will remember a story he told them, something he fixed for them, the amount and quality of work he accomplished, or just the way he made you feel comfortable in his presence.
Allen was preceded in death by his Father, Mother, Brothers Jack, Tom, and Richard, Sisters Eva Dean and Kathy and Granddaughters Nicole and Athena.
He left behind his Wife Leola, Sons Clarence (Patty, Athena) Mills and Clinton (Marci, Derec, Trevor) Mills, Stepdaughters Debbie (Scott, Jeremy, Nicole) Arnold and Susan (Paul) Vigolo.
Services will be held at Bountiful LDS 28th Ward at 1450 S 350 W (it’s the Hidden Chapel near the 7-11) at 2 pm Monday December 04, 2017. Please come and celebrate the legacy Allen left behind and share your favorite story or memory or just come and be with loved ones. Luncheon afterwards provided by the caring Sisters of the Bountiful 28th Ward Relief Society. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah in the name of Allen Mills.