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1959 — 2022

Douglas Mark Allen, Huntsville legend, Bishop of Wilderness Ward, consummate friend and husband to his beloved Susie, died Thursday, October 27, 2022. Doug left this earth doing what he loved most, where he loved the most, with whom he loved the most: hunting deer, in the mountains surrounding Huntsville, with Susie by his side. He was 63 years old.

Doug was born July 3, 1959 and brought home eagerly by Loris (Felt) Allen and Daniel Mark Allen of Huntsville, Utah. Loris and Mark were wonderful parents. Adored by his loving mother, Doug was a devoted and loving son. Mark passed on to Doug the many skills and attributes of life that would make Douglas the wonderful man he was.

Doug was a 24-year veteran of the Weber County Fire District. Captain Allen protected the public with honor, empathy and respect. Doug’s service as a firefighter shaped the man he was, and his great skill and love for his fellow firefighters will not soon be forgotten.

Doug’s love of life was his wife, Susan Calton. Susan accepted Doug unconditionally and gave him a lifetime of kindness, encouragement and compliments, in just half a lifetime. Doug wanted nothing more than to spend the rest of his life in the mountains with Susie by his side.

Hunting was one of Doug’s most genuine joys in the world. As Bishop of Wilderness Ward, he advised a network of hunters across the country and many of the most talented and enthusiastic big game hunters in the Ogden Valley. Doug has never been more in his element than on the highest peak, in the most dangerous terrain, in pursuit of big game.

Doug’s love of hunting was only enriched by having Susie in his life. She quickly took up her beloved hobby, and much to Doug’s delight, Sue was a quick study, soon making her own impressive contributions to the trophy room. He liked to share his desert with his wife. Three days after Doug passed away, Susan returned to the same mountain, determined to finish what she and Doug had started. And boy did she make Doug proud, filling his tag with a big, handsome dollar.

Doug was a fast, fierce, forever friend. Being Doug’s friend was not a casual relationship: his friendships were never superficial, never fleeting. If Doug was in your life, he was there for good. Doug had an uncanny ability to make deep, personal connections with everyone he met.

In a world where people carefully select a flawless character, Doug has always been kind-hearted, hardworking, and irreverent Doug. He was a quirky, larger-than-life character, quick to come to the defense of one of his brothers, but easily moved to tears when discussing veterans or love for his country. Doug was revered in his community, a proud fourth-generation Huntsville resident. He had a strong sense of service to members of his community, serving on city council, the planning commission and the water board as he worked to ensure that Huntsville remained a town worthy of the many residents he loved.

Doug was the father of nine children. Amos, Ginger, Josie, Kate and Trit were deeply loved by their father and were a source of great pride throughout his life. By the time Doug met Susan, he had successfully brought his children into adulthood and probably wasn’t eager to start over with a new band. But he did it again, because he helped Susan raise Alex, Katie, Sam, and Jack. Doug accepted us as one of his own and we are eternally grateful to him for the love he gave us and his devotion to our mother.

Doug was a hero revered by his 14 grandchildren. He taught his grandchildren practical skills for life, just as his father taught him; like using a knife, skinning a deer, shooting a gun and trapping porcupines. Pappy Doug’s physical absence from their lives is a source of great sadness for us.

Doug left this world as he hoped, and with all he loved most close by: hunting, in the mountains, with his sweet wife, knowing that dear friends were nearby to bring him strength and support. Doug would want us to carry shared memories close to our hearts, but he wouldn’t want us to dwell on the sadness. The best way to honor Doug’s memory is to follow Sue’s lead and get that money, find peace in the wilderness, and be a loyal friend.

Doug was predeceased by his mother and father, Mark and Loris Allen and his sister Jolene (Allen) Probasco. He is survived by his wife Susan Calton. his children Amos Allen, Ginger Allen, Josie (Ryan) Robison, Kate Story and Andrea (Trit) Burrows, his stepchildren Alex (Kimberly) Hall, Katie (Taylor) Finlinson, Sam (Alexandra) Hall and Jack Hall; and grandchildren Taylee Allen; Pierson, Madilyn, Jensen and Watson Robison; Bennett and Macy’s story; Jackson, Hannah, Emery and Bowen Burrows; and George, Nora and Ada Finlinson.

A celebration of Doug’s life will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 5-8 p.m. at Earl’s Lodge, Snowbasin, where he will be honored by the Weber County Fire Department Honor Guard. Doug will be buried in a special place overlooking his hometown, with only the mountains between him and the sky.

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