Allen Kent Cottam1945 ~ 2011Allen Kent Cottam, beloved husband, father and grandfather returned to his Father in Heaven on December 29, 2011. Kent was born October 10, 1945 in Cedar City, Utah to Victor Ellis Cottam and May Euzell Roundy and was the youngest of eight children. Kent was raised in Escalante, Utah where he graduated from Escalante High School in 1963. He married his high school sweetheart, Laura Mangum on January 9, 1965 in Tropic, Utah and was later solemnized for eternity in the Provo Temple October 12, 1974. As a young man in Escalante he helped his dad with the farm work as his father was a rancher and sheep herder. He loved the Escalante and Boulder Mountains where his family ran their sheep in the Summer time. Kent loved growing up in Escalante because of the small hometown atmosphere where he lived around many extended family members and many special friends. He liked being involved in school activities and was voted Student Body President as a Junior. He also loved being involved in sports in high school. He was affectionately known as Fuzzy to everyone in Escalante.While in high school he dated Laura Mangum, his "Little Dove" and on January 9, 1965 they married in Tropic, UT, Laura's hometown. The couple lived in Escalante for a short time and then moved to Cedar City, where they lived for 14 years. While in Cedar City they started their family and made many lifelong friends. It was in Cedar City that Kent began his career in road construction. It was Kent's dream to operate heavy equipment and began working for VC Mendenhall. He was the first employee at Western Rock Products, and worked for Western Rock from the late 1960's until the mid-1970's when Ardeen Childs formed R.A. Childs, Inc. and Kent went to work for him as his Superintendent. In 1979, Kent and Laura moved their family to Washington, Utah. In 1984, Kent and a good friend, Dennis Carter formed A-T Asphalt Paving. Kent built A-T Asphalt Paving into one of the strongest construction companies in Southwestern Utah. Kent loved working hard and took pride in doing quality work and giving his customers a quality product. Kent was well known as a man of integrity and a person that his associates could trust on a handshake. Kent and his company had a great impact on the growth and future of Southwestern Utah, Southern Nevada and Northern Arizona.In 1992, Kent began his career in land developing with his friend and partner Jarl Klungervik. Together Kent and Jarl developed commercial and residential properties in Washington County. Foster Hills, Rio Virgin Industrial Park, Majestic View, Chaparral Ridge, Scenic Sunrise and Silver Falls were developments they worked on together. Kent owned and operated several other businesses including Tri-West Construction and Development, JKR Development, Cottam's Canyon Country Convenience Store, Willowind RV Park, Leeds RV Park and KLC Properties.Kent was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many capacities including a counselor in the Bishopric, High Priest Group Leader, Sunday School teacher and Young Men's. He and Laura served together as ordinance workers in the St. George Temple and in the Branch Presidency at the Washington County Youth Detention Center, both of which they dearly loved. Kent had a strong testimony of the gospel and loved the Savior very much.Kent loved his family more than anything else in life. Dad's best friend was his "Little Dove". They did everything together. Dad's children and grandchildren were his greatest treasure. They enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping together. Kent was an avid BYU Football fan and season ticket holder and enjoyed going to many BYU home games. He traveled with family and friends to many away games. Kent enjoyed traveling with his family and visited many of the 50 states and several foreign counties. In 1985 Kent purchased a cabin on Kolob Mountain and later built his dream cabin on the same property. He loved to escape the heat of the summer and to have a place for his family to gather for family time. The family spent many enjoyable hours together enjoying the mountain air. Kent will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.Kent is survived by his loving wife Laura of Washington, Utah; children, Daren K. (Lisa) of Toquerville, Cory A. (Melanie) of Washington, Marty Victor (Chablis) of Washington, Landon of Washington and Lori (Alex) Zavoico of Cedar City; 18 grandchildren; brother, Doyle V. of Escalante; sisters, Beth Smith of Escalante, Veryle Gracie of Grand Junction, CO, Dianna (Steve) Marth of Las Vegas, NV; and sister in law, Golda Cottam. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Milan Weldo Cottam, Rodney Cottam, and Delmar R. Cottam. Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 6, 2012 at 11:00 am at the Washington Fields Stake Center, 1295 South 3000 East, Washington, UT. A viewing will be held Thursday, January 5, 2012 from 6-8 pm at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 South Bluff Street in St. George, and also Friday prior to the services, from 9:30-10:30 am at the Stake Center. A viewing will be held Saturday, January 7, 2012 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Escalante Ward Chapel. Interment will follow at the Escalante City Cemetery.Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to offer their condolences at www.spilsburymortuary.com.