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Gove Liahona ALLEN

City of Mesa Cemetery
Maricopa County,

Headstone Inscription:
Gove Liahona Allen
July 26, 1907-Sept. 26, 1951

Gove Liahona Allen was born July 26, 1907 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona to John Seymore Allen and Barbara Ann Phelps both Arizona pioneer families. He was the sixth of twelve children. The Allen family live on their ranch four miles south of Gilbert, Arizona. Gove was handy at fixing and building things. He could fix cars, make toys, build houses, and cut hair in the latest fashion. He attended school in Gilbert and graduated from Gilbert High School.

Gove went on a mission for the LDS church to the Eastern States mission. Gove graduated from Northern Arizona College with a bachelor degree and later received his Master of Arts from the Colorado State College. Gove played basketball and football in college and was known as a superior athlete.

After his mission he married Mary Magdalene Pace on May 19, 1933 in the Mesa Arizona Temple. They had four children: Gove Liahona Allen Jr., Gary Byrum Allen, JaNeanne Allen Webster and Loren Pace Allen. Gove was a teacher, coach, Scout master, and spiritual leader.

Gove died September 26, 1951 in a Salt Lake City Hospital from leukemia. On February 7, 1977 Gove Allen was inducted into the Arizona Basketball Hall of Fame with these words: "Gove Allen (deceased) outstanding teacher, coach and administrator in the State of Arizona, dedicated official for the State of Arizona, chosen captain of the first All Valley Team while attenind Gilbert High School."

Contributed on 12/9/09 by peoriainstitute
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Record #: 72480

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Submitted: 12/9/09 • Approved: 12/10/09 • Last Updated: 3/24/18 • R72480-G0-S3

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