On any summer evening, Dan and Vauna Allinson can be found visiting their Cedar Valley neighbors or welcoming friends and family into their Western-style home. The Allinsons rode in the Cedar Fort parade as Grand marshals on July 24th. They were also be honored during the Kids' Rodeo grand entry later that afternoon at the Cedar Fort Rodeo Arena.
The Allinsons exemplify caring, concern, and simply being good neighbors. They love sharing produce from their abundant garden and swapping gardening tips with neighbors.
“I love how they take care of other people,” neighbor Claudia Rose said.
Dan Allinson was born in Bingham Canyon and grew up in Lark, Utah. Vauna Deakin grew up in Midvale, Butterfield Canyon and South Jordan. The two met in high school and graduated together from Bingham High School.
The high school sweethearts married and settled in Riverton where they raised their three children, Brian, JuLee and Matt. They have been blessed with 11 grandchildren. Always working hard with his hands, Dan worked for Kennecott Copper, in a cabinet shop, on church construction crews and in a State of Utah maintenance shop. Vauna worked as a human resource director for Health South Rehabilitation in Sandy.
Both are now retired and enjoying many hobbies and activities. Dan is known for his original barn-wood cabinet creations. Vauna enjoys sewing, quilting and reading. Both love outdoor activities.
“That's why we moved to Cedar Fort. We like the outdoors — hunting, fishing and horses,” Dan said.
The family moved to Cedar Fort in 1993 and immediately reached out to their new neighbors.
“When we moved here, we decided we were not going to wait for people to visit us. We wanted to go out and make their acquaintance,”Vauna said.
They are active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dan served as an LDS bishop in two wards, one in Riverton and later in Cedar Fort. The couple served a church mission in North Dakota on the Sioux Reservation. Dan currently serves as the Eagle Mountain Utah West Stake Patriarch. Vauna shares her genealogy expertise with ward members as a family history specialist. They love traveling, especially visiting church history sites.
“They are true examples of good neighbors,” said Kelly Berry, Cedar Fort parade chairwoman.
Vauna said that she and Dan mostly prefer to help in the shadows rather than be in the spotlight, but they appreciate the honor of being chosen as grand marshals.
“We were kind of surprised. We really enjoy living here and we love the people,” Dan said.