John C. Alleman

John C. Alleman

John Caffall Alleman, 82, passed away early Monday morning, Feb 8, 2021 of natural causes with COVID-19 complications.

John was born on September 28, 1938, in Baltimore, Maryland, son of Ray Starr and Fenella Caffall Alleman.

John was best known for his brilliant mind, musical talent and kind heart. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Caltech University and a Master of Philosophy in Linguistics from Columbia University.  He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 1959-1962 in Finland where he met Alma Flora Wenzel. Upon their return they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 3, 1963. Although they later divorced in 1992, they remained good friends and neighbors until her death in 2012.  

Being gifted with languages he worked for the translation department of the Church for many years supervising Hungarian translations and traveling the world setting up computer systems. Later, he worked as an independent contractor and translated many documents from Finnish, Hungarian, Estonian, German, Spanish, French and others into English. He served as president of the Utah chapter for the American Translators Association. In the 1980s, during the refugee crisis that affected many Vietnamese, Hmong and Laotian people, he and Alma sponsored several families to come to the United States. Later, they helped Russian immigrants as well. Anyone new to the United States who came into the area could count on love and practical help from them. John was instrumental in creating the Salt Lake Vietnamese speaking branch of the Church. 

John loved music, especially classical and opera. He played the piano and served as the ward organist for many years. He also enjoyed singing and sang in the ward choir the Utah Oratorio Society, the Salt Lake Men’s choir, the America West Symphony and Chorus and in the chorus of the Utah Opera Company. Other interests included stamp and coin collecting, books, puzzles and genealogy. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Kathleen Alleman and Alma. He is survived by three daughters, Anneli Mae (David) Byrd, Christine Alleman, Lisa Brighton Alleman and two grandchildren, Catherine Anne Byrd and Riley John Lehmer. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Jo Anhalt and two brothers, Harold (Dawn) and David (Linda) Alleman.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, February 11, 2021 at City View Mortuary (1001 E 11th Ave. SLC). Viewing will be from 10-11:00 a.m. with memorial service to follow at 11:00.  

Burial will be at Springville City Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. (400 S. 200 W St. Springville, UT).

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