Phil Allen

Phil Allen, 94, of Antimony, UT, passed away peacefully Dec. 7, 2018. He was born, May 22, 1924 in Escalante, UT, the youngest of three sons of George Ashley Allen and Matilda (Tillie) Riddle Allen.

Phil grew up in Escalante. He learned to work hard, helping his dad on their ranch. His father passed away when Phil was 16. Being the only one left at home, the responsibility of running the ranch fell to him. Phil’s mother later sold the ranch and the day after his graduation from Escalante High School in 1942, they moved to Salt Lake City.

On his 18th birthday, Phil went to work for Remington Arms making ammunition for World War II. Six months later, he was transferred to the state of Washington, where he continued to work on a project for the war. He found out later that he had been making the components for the atomic bomb. Following Washington, he was again transferred and worked in Kentucky and Indiana.

But Phil had ranching in his blood and in April of 1946, he returned to Utah and moved to Antimony with only $50 in his pocket and a suitcase of clothes.

In Antimony, Phil met his sweetheart, Billie Gleave. They were married June 1, 1948 in Salt Lake City. The marriage was solemnized Dec. 16, 1948 in the Manti Latter Day Saints (LDS) Temple. They began their married life in Antimony where they raised four children. They bought a general store where they sold everything from tires and saddles to clothing and food.

Also, in 1948, they bought their first registered Polled Herefords. In 1969, Phil bought Herb Gleave’s ranch and expanded his small herd to become one of the largest and oldest Polled Hereford ranches in the West. Good business practices, integrity, and a keen eye for quality cattle has enabled Phil Allen and Son Polled Herefords to sell breeding stock throughout the western United States and into Canada and Mexico.

Phil was one of the founding members of the Utah Polled Hereford Association and served as a longtime president. He was one of the original founders of the Utah Beef Improvement Association (UBIA) and was the first president. He was a former recipient of the Utah Seedstock Producer of the Year. Because of his success and reputation, Phil received the Legacy Award from the Utah Cattlemen’s Association and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the UBIA.

He has also been recognized by the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association for his contribution to the livestock industry in Nevada and for being the longest, continuous consignor at the Fallon All-Breeds Bull Sale. He has judged numerous cattle shows and fairs throughout the West, including the National Western Stock Show in Denver several times. He served on the State BLM Advisory Board and on numerous grazing and irrigation company boards.

Phil was civic-minded and served as Antimony Town Board Member and as Mayor for a combined total of 22 years. He also served as a member of the Garfield District School Board. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He fulfilled several callings, including Antimony Ward Bishop, Panguitch Utah Stake High Council, and Scoutmaster.

Phil loved his family and said that everything he did was for his family. He loved having family around. He loved hunting, the mountains, John’s Valley, and Dutch oven cooking. His Dutch oven potatoes were the best.

Phil was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and siblings, Weldo (Jean) Allen and Eldon (Juanita) Allen.

He is survived by his children, JoAnn (Steve) Peters, Bradley (Bobbe) Allen, Shannon (Julie) Allen, and Tracie (Scott) Peterson; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and a few on the way.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. Burial followed in the Antimony Cemetery.

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