A senior missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has passed away. The following statement is from Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff:
We are saddened to share news of the passing of a senior missionary. Elder Allen Dee Pace, age 68, passed away Saturday due to complications from COVID-19. He and his wife, Sister Nedra Pace, are from Willard, Utah and had been serving in the Michigan Detroit Mission since December 2019. Elder Pace became ill in mid-March and, shortly thereafter, went into the care of his wife and daughter in a nearby state.
He was diagnosed with COVID-19 in early April. Elder and Sister Pace had not yet been formally released from missionary service prior to his death. We express our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Elder Pace as they mourn his passing, and we continue to pray for all who are impacted by this pandemic.
KSL.com recently posted an article explaining the impact Elder Dee had on his community. Here is a small excerpt:
Pace, and his wife, Nedra, left Willard in December to serve their mission in the Detroit area.
Long before that, Pace earned a reputation as a well-loved educator — especially for his time as a drama teacher at Bear River and Box Elder High Schools.
Boyd Rogers was a student back in the 1980s but remained friends with Pace ever since — even showing up for his mission farewell.
Pace went well beyond the role of a teacher, Rogers said. He was a major influence in the lives of many of his students.
A couple of people told KSL he had a way of making every person feel special and important.
Rogers said both Dee and Nedra always made time for students, even keeping their home open to them on some holidays.
Pace’s example and the attention he gave to each of his students still sticks with Rogers, he said.
“I was, by far, not the only student who stopped in for a pep talk, or for a smile and a laugh,” Rogers said.
Read the rest of this touching tribute on KSL here.