Well, it's Wednesday, and I have been meaning to blog all week, but I just haven't had it in me. I was going to blog about the fantastic Birthday Extravaganza that we just spent 4 days completing, the fantastic party that we had, and how much we enjoyed seeing so many of our family friends over the weekend... but now it has fallen to the background for a little while, I'll get to it eventually.
Sunday morning we received a call from John's mother letting us know that the father of one of our best friends, Bryce, passed away. Though I never really got to know Steve, Bryce is a pert of our family so I guess that makes his dad an extension of us. My heart is broken for Bryce and his family at this time. What a hard thing to have to go through. I know that I can't even fathom the loss of a parent, I only know how it feels to lose a family member that was so loved and such a large part of your life.
Getting the news of his passing has opened us back up to the grief that we stomp down so often. I have been near tears this entire week as I think of the Allen family often and ache for their loss. This week has been especially hard since Bryce isn't here for me to take care of. He and Jennie are in Illinois finishing up his Masters Degree. They not here for me to hug and to listen to, to tease, to joke with, or to feed... all those things that I wished someone had been here to do for us when Lariann died.
It has been 9 months since Lariann left us, and the hurt is still as fresh today as it was the day we said goodbye. Still thinking she'll call or show up at a family party, but in our hearts we know she's gone, and we are okay with that most days. Piling the passing of someone close upon all the losses we have faced in the last four years makes my heart heavy. It seems I don't ever have time to recover from one before another is stacked on top.
On the upside... I've cried so much the last few days that my sinus' have finally cleared.
Steven Webster Allen
Steven W. Allen 12/2/1952 ~ 2/7/2010 KAYSVILLE - Steven Webster Allen, born December 2, 1952 in Salt Lake City, son to the late Owen Dale and Connie Allen, died of a heart attack on Sunday, February 7, 2010 in Layton, Utah.He is survived by his wife, LaFon S. Allen and his children: Bryce D. and Jennie Allen, StacyAnn Allen, Craig H. and Lindsay Allen, Jonathan D. Allen, Garrett S. Allen and was a proud grandpa to Owen H. Allen. Steve also had two sisters, Sharon A. Barnett and Susan A. Ormond and one brother, Michael J. Allen. Steven was a draftsman by profession. He contributed to many projects, his favorites being the Las Vegas and Portland LDS Temples. A gifted artist, he could draw a perfectly straight line without using a ruler. He could often be found drawing intricate pieces of art which he would call "just a doodle". A lover of baseball and other sports, he dedicated his time to his children, teaching them the rules of the game. They have many fond memories of their Dad as their coach. Steve graduated from Davis High School, where he was involved in athletics. He still holds the record for the most consecutive pull-ups in a row. He loved living in Kaysville. After living and working here most of his life, he knew where any road in Kaysville led to. He served a mission for the LDS church in the California East mission and was then reassigned to the Washington mission. He later married the love of his life, LaFon, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He has held several callings and enjoyed being the High Priest Instructor. He was a man of character and respected by many. Steve always had some funny sayings and definitely would want his last words to be, "ladies and gentlemen, take my advice, pull down your pants and slide on the ice." Our father, husband, grandfather, brother and son was loved very much and will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 12, 2010 at the LDS ward chapel, 50 West, Kaysville. Friends may call Thursday evening, February 11, from 6-8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 1941 North Main, Farmington and Friday morning from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment-Kaysville Cemetery. Online guest book and direction map at www.russonmortuary.com