Amos Abplanalp – Obituary

Amos Dean Abplanalp 1975-2017

Amos Dean Abplanalp was born December 11, 1975 in Malad, Idaho. He passed away September 7th, 2017 at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona surrounded by his wife and children, mother and brother. He fought a courageous fight with colon cancer for a year and a half. He lost the battle, but won the war enduring well until the end.

Amos was born the third child of Dean Abplanalp and Sandra Carol Sagers. He joined his brother, Tom, and sister, Katie Jo. Three years later Abbe completed the family.

When he was two, the family moved to Blackfoot where he spent the next 17 years of his life. When he was nine, his parents divorced. His mother later met and married Evan Dance and six more siblings were added to his family.

He grew up on a potato farm where he learned to work hard. He also learned that he wanted an education.

Amos loved sports. He played little league baseball and basketball, but his real love was wrestling. He was on a state championship wrestling team at Snake River High School where he graduated in 1994.

He served in the Canada Toronto Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After returning honorably after two years he attended Brigham Young University and met the love of his life and eternal companion, Hillary Clair Mann.

Amos graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He and his wife and son then moved to Arizona where he attended Arizona State University to persue a master’s degree in Criminal Justice.

He was a teacher for emotionally disabled students at Gilbert High School for 10 years and a wrestling coach. He was certified to teach multiple high school subjects and was a beloved teacher.

He and his wife had five beautiful children together who have brought them incredible joy.

He later received a Master’s Degree in Counseling and worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor at the Florence, AZ prison in the Eyman Complex.

He served in many church callings and his most recent calling was as bishop of the Magma Ranch Ward in the SanTan Valley Stake.

Just as Amos learned of his cancer diagnosis his daughter, Evie Clair, was invited to audition for the show “America’s Got Talent.” Her musical talents, bright spirit and love for her father propelled her forward in the show. She made it to the finals the night before her father passed away. He lived his last few months seeing his daughter’s dreams play out and it was the highlight of his life.

Amos affected many in his life for good through his kindness, humility, wisdom and service. To know Amos was to love him.  His faith in God and great love for his family, friends, neighbors and coworkers inspired many.

Amos is survived by his wife: Hillary; his children: Porter, Evelyn, Kirra, Ruth and Blakely; his parents: Sandra and Evan Dance (ID) and Dean and Connie Abplanalp (FL), his siblings: Tracy Beede (UT) Tom (Paije) Abplanalp (WA), Katie Jo Abplanalp (ID), Abbe (Les) Fisher (ID), Russell (Tammy) Dance (WA), Jeremy (Jennifer) Dance (WA), Dustin Dance (WA), Jennie (Josh) Cobb (Philippines), Amanda Dance (ID), Hilary (Shawn) Wilmot (WA); grandmother: Janet Abplanalp (UT).

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Moe and Carol Sagers, Tom Abplanalp and Ora Ezell; his nephew: Daniel Gurr and mother in law: Pamalee Mann.

There will be a viewing at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 6 to 8pm at 33 N Centennial Way Mesa, AZ 85201. Flowers, etc. can be sent to that address.

The funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, September 13th at 1521 E Bella Vista Rd San Tan Valley, AZ 85143 with a viewing at 9am.

Amos’s body will be laid to rest in the Mesa Cemetery.

Gathering Israel

I want to give you all more information about the Gathering Israel stuff I’ve been posting. When we lived in North East Mesa, we had a neighbor named Michael Morton who was an Orthodox Jew. He came to Arizona from Colorado on a business trip and saw the Gilbert Temple being constructed. He had an incredible experience at the construction site. He was prompted by the Spirit to move here so he packed up his things in Colorado and came to Arizona.


He was soon baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My daughter Evelyn sang at his baptism and we have been good friends with him ever since. He began giving firesides about Jewish religion, prophecy and tradition and how amazingly it coincides with church history, LDS tradition and doctrine. He invited my daughter Evelyn to sing at each of his firesides.

Michael met a mutual friend here named John Wudel who had converted to the church after being a Methodist and actually attending BYU not realizing it was a religious school. That’ll getcha every time! John was a seminary teacher for many years and was friends with my mother before she died. Michael and John are humble, inspired men who have just finished writing their stories in a new book called Gathering Israel and I was the one who got to help them publish it and build their website. I’m so grateful to be part of such great effort and I urge you to learn more about it at If you want to meet Michael, he will be at the refugee concert at 7pm tonight at the American Leadership Academy in Queen Creek to watch Evie perform.

We are going to get through the day with a “divide and conquer” motto. Girls have General Women’s Conference and a concert while boys have ASU Football. Right now Amos is at the hospital getting an infusion and having his chemo pump removed. I’m sad that he’s there alone, but he says it’s fine because then he can sleep.

The girls are making posters to cheer for Porter who is at his wrestling match, but is worried that there is no one in his weight class to wrestle him. He is about 6ft tall now and only 118 lbs. He will probably end up wrestling someone bigger and that always worries a mom.

I’m not too worried about Amos tonight at the game, his brothers and nephews and son will take care of him.  He said he is feeling really good today and will be OK driving. He promised to go to Phoebe’s house after the hospital if he starts feeling too weak to drive.