The Springville-Mapleton Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Collin Allan of Mapleton has been named its 2017 Citizen of the Year.
Collin Allan was born May 13, 1933, to James G. and Gwen Williams Allan. He was born and raised in the home across the street from where he now lives. He has lived in Mapleton all of his life with the exception of two years during WWII and two years on an LDS mission to the Hawaiian Islands. He graduated from Springville High in 1951 and was a good student and also a speaker at his graduation exercises. He attended Brigham Young University in 1951 before his mission. He returned after the war and graduated from BYU with two majors in accounting and mathematics. He worked at Utah Saving and Loan and later at BYU as the director of Tours and Conferences. He then worked for First Security Bank as manager in Springville and Spanish Fork. Later he became vice president and supervisor of 10 branches. He has been a member of the Provo, Springville and Spanish Fork chambers of commerce through the years.
Allan has served on various boards including six years on the Utah State Wildlife Board. His interest in hunting and fishing is practically genetic as the Allan family has been involved in this activity for many generations going back to Scotland.
Allan was on the Mapleton City Council for 12 years, the Mapleton Planning Commission for nine years and the Nebo School District Board of Education for 30 years.
He also served for 24 years as a trustee on the Utah High School Activities Association board. He currently serves on the board of directors for Rock Canyon Bank.
Allan had only one sibling, Evan E. Allan, who was killed during WWII when his plane was hit. He married Peggie Bingham in 1957 and they will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in June. Together they have five children: Scott, Marian, Clark, Leisel and Melinda. They have 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Collin has served 10 years as a bishop, 14 years as a high councilman and nine years in his stake presidency.
Last but not least, Collin manages his family farm.