Eldon Jay Alsop 1924 ~ 2011Comment on this story
Eldon Jay Alsop, 87, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2011 inSandy, Utah. The son of Henry Ray and Lavina Ethel Thayne Allsop, he was born on March 4, 1924 in Murray, Utah. He was one of the few remaining great grandchildren of Thomas Hill Allsop and Elizabeth Mollatt, early Utah pioneers and founders of the City of Sandy. Following graduation from Murray High School, he attended the University of Utah. His education was interrupted when he joined the War effort, serving with the 594th Joint Assault Signal Company in the Okinawa campaign. After the war, he returned to the University of Utah where he met his life-long sweetheart, Gloria Cardon. They began their journey together on August 18, 1948, when they joined hands and hearts in marriage in the LDS Salt Lake Temple. Eldon graduated with a BS degree in Business in the Fall of 1948. Together they created a wonderful family life for their five children. Eldon's good nature and great sense of humor made a joyful home. Eldon has always been very imaginative, and he served as president of the Intermountain Society of Inventors and Designers. He especially enjoyed creative writing, and throughout his life he wrote many stories, poems and letters, along with bedtime songs to sing his children to sleep. His autobiography and writings were published in 2008. He served faithfully in several LDS Church callings having served for years as a ward clerk. He has always been active in local politics. Prior to his retirement in 1980, he held management and administrative positions in several U. S. Government agencies including the Department of Agriculture. Eldon has a special appreciation for the beauty of nature and the outdoors. He and Gloria spent many years building a cabin in the mountains. They shared many wonderful adventures together before she passed away in 1998. She watches at the gate to await her true love, Eldon. He is survived by his five children, Dale (Julie Smedley) Alsop of Yorba Linda, California; Dennis (Pam Richmond) Alsop of Washington, Utah; Lori (Brian) Dabling, Julie Alsop and Bryan (Pamela Dugmore) Alsop, all of Salt Lake City, Utah; brother, Deane Alsop of Midvale, Utah; brother, Wayne Alsop of Redwood City, California; brother, LaMar Alsop of Saratoga, New York; ten grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Gloria; brothers Clif Alsop and Austin Alsop; and sisters Thora Myler and Donna Palmer. Eldon and his family appreciate the new friends and loving care givers at Sunrise, along with the care of his hospice support team. A memorial service will be held at noon on Tuesday, July 5 at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel at 3401 South Highland Drive. Family and friends may visit prior to the services at Wasatch Lawn from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.