Allen Keith Thornell, age 38, of Atlanta, passed away on Monday, August 3, 2009 due to complications from a sudden stroke.
Allen was dedicated to equal rights and opportunity. At the time of his death he was Director of Strategic Communications for CARE International a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. An active political campaigner, community organizer, and equal opportunity advocate he is remembered for his efforts in coalition building within the Atlanta and Georgia State political scenes.
Allen is a 1989 graduate of Hillcrest High School and 1993 graduate the University of Utah, where he was active in Debate and interned with both the Utah state legislature and the US Supreme Court. Allen also attended graduate school at Georgetown Law School.
Allen is survived by his partner, Chad Prosser, Atlanta, mother, Cheryl Thornell, Salt Lake City, UT, brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Donna Thornell, Poulsbo, WA sisters and brothers-in-law, Ann and Chester McCoy, Granger, IN, Sandra and Kim Combe, Draper, UT, Lisa and Todd Stephens, Louisville, KY, paternal grandmother, Jean R. Thornell, Bountiful, UT, maternal grandmother, Lola C. Evans, Mona, UT. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Allen was preceded in death by his father, Peter Grenville Thornell.
Salt Lake Viewings will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 9, 2009 and from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 10, 2009, followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. at Mountain View Memorial Estates Mortuary, 3115 East Bengal Boulevard (7800 South), Cottonwood Heights, UT.
Atlanta Services were previously held on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at St. Marks Methodist Church, 781 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA. Rabbi Joshua Heller officiated.
Published in the Deseret News from 8/8/2009 - 8/9/2009.
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