Winston Gerald Allred was born in Afton, WY to Gerald Wright and Juanita
Walton Allred on July 17, 1942. As a child, he enjoyed working and
playing with cousins at his Grandpa Nield’s dairy, visiting with his
mother as she took in sewing, traveling with his father as he drove
truck, and playing with his beloved, but not-very-smart dog, Tip. He
helped his father build the HiWay Market Grocery Store on the family
property, which they later had to sell due to his father’s health. He
was seven when his sister, Susan (whom he named) was born. Jennie Lyn
came when he was thirteen. What the family didn’t have in money, they
made up for in love.
After graduating from Star Valley High School in 1960, he attended BYU
at the urging of his mother and obtained a BS in Marketing from Utah
State University in 1965. He began his career at Lower Valley Power and
Light in marketing and advanced to management. Always technologically
savvy and highly intelligent, he taught himself how to use the very
first computer at LVP&L, eventually retiring after 35 years.
He was sealed to the love of his life, Markeen Newswander on June 19,
1962 in the Idaho Falls Temple. Winston’s #1 rule was that their five
children love and respect their mother as much as he did. His #2 rule
was that they love one another. The family built many cherished memories
during road trips like borrowing Grandpa Elmo’s boat for a day trip to
Bear Lake or farther trips to the Oregon Coast, Northwest Territories in
Canada, and Hawaii.
A gentle, thoughtful man, Winston was a devoted member of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He exemplified unconditional love
through countless acts of unassuming service, sharing his testimony of
Jesus Christ and the atonement, serving in the temple, and teaching the
gospel. But of all the many callings and titles Winston bore, his most
treasured was that of husband and father.
After fighting health challenges and infections, followed by COVID-19
pneumonia in the hospital through February, Winston Gerald Allred was
taken to his eternal home, at the age of 78, on March 1, 2021. He is
survived by his beloved wife, Markeen; their children Christine (Chad)
Turner, Linda (Garth) Mikesell, Janette (Lyle) Harmon, and David
(Stephanie) Allred; 19 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and his
sisters Susan (David) Kerns and Jennie (Richard) Likes. He is preceded
in death by his daughter, Nancy Patterson; a grandson, Tyson Chad
Turner; and his parents; Gerald Wright and Juanita Walton Allred.
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