This is a picture sent to us by Sharon and Allen LaRue when they were serving as Missionaries in the New York Rochester Mission. [I apologize for not knowing whether the two standing with them were new converts or investigators].
After returning home to Utah from their service as Missionaries back in 2008, Allen was diagnosed with cancer. He made a valiant fight but the dread disease finally took his life this past week. His funeral services will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, August 4, at his home ward in Pleasant Grove.
Sharon and Allen are dear friends, over many years, since Sharon and Linda were in school together in Mesa. She and Allen were married in the Mesa, Arizona Temple on July 7, 1962, the day after I returned home from my Mission. Linda and I were able to be present at their wedding.
This was such a fine man; such a good friend and fellow member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is much beloved by his wife, children, grandchildren and many, many friends. We shall surely miss him, and wish Sharon and the family the very best in the days ahead.
We are deeply grateful that our daughter Melissa and her husband Russell LeSueur will be attending the funeral. Sandy LeSueur of Mesa is Sharon's sister. Also, making plans to represent us at the funeral is our oldest son Jeffery, of Rexburg, Idaho. We are so appreciative of this gesture of love and support.