My brother was aboard the U.S.S. Henry Clay in the '60's. He did stints
between Rota, Spain and Charleston S.C. frequently. He passed away in 1993. I
have included his obituary as you may want to archive it.
W. Jay Bergeson
Allen Max Bergeson
Dr. Allen Max Bergeson, 49, died May 2, 1993, from complications of gastric
Allen was born to Harold Max and Carolyn Ricker Bergeson
in San Antonio,
Texas, December 11, 1943. Allen thrived as a child, living in numerous states
and foreign counties in Europe and the Orient, while his father was a pilot
with the U.S. Air Force. As a young child, he lived for a time in Cache
Valley, at Cornish, the town where his father had been reared.
After graduating from high school in Redlands, Calif.,
Allen joined the US
Navy and served several patrols aboard the USS Henry Clay, a nuclear Polaris
submarine. During these tours, he became qualified in all of the complex
systems of a state-of-the-art nuclear submarine, and was awarded all of the
certifications that would allow him to pursue a career as a submarine
officer. Allen was deeply patriotic to his country and to the Navy, and was
proud to have served during the tense political times of the 1960's.
In August 1967, he married Barbara Messervy of South Carolina,
returned to Brigham Young University to complete his undergraduate education.
Two children were born of that union, Derek Max Bergeson, now of Columbia,
South Carolina, and Heather Rachelle Bergeson, now of Salt Lake City. Allen
and Barbara were later divorced.
Allen went to work, study and teach at the Medical University
Carolina, in Charleston, and the University of South Carolina in Columbia,
where he received considerable experience and advanced degrees in head and
neck medicine, medical geography, dentistry, and public health.
In April 1979, he married Katherine Balfrey of Florida,
with that marriage
later solemnized in the Washington DC Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. Two children were born of that union, Max Alrik Bergeson
and Catherine Alexandra Bergeson.
As a member of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health
Commander Bergeson served tours of duty with the Indian Health Service near
Globe, Arizona, and with the Food and Drug Administration in Salt Lake City.
At the time of his diagnosis, Dr. Bergeson as on the medical staff of the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Dr. Bergeson, his wife, and two younger children were residents
Lawrenceville, Georgia when he became ill, where they were members of the
Lawrenceville 2nd Ward of the LDS Church.
Allen is survived by his parents, wife, children, and by
two brothers and
one sister and their spouses, Linda (and Steve) Kyriopoulos, Mt. Sterling,
Utah, Wayne Bergeson, Magna, Utah, and Lars (and Janet) Bergeson, Millville,
At the time of his death, Allen was being cared for at
the home of Dr.
Lars and Janet Bergeson, south of Millville.
Allen will be greatly missed by all of us who loved him
for his warmth and
generosity, his spirituality, his charisma, his love of learning and
teaching, and his understanding.
Funeral services will be held Weds, May 5, 1993, 11 a.m.,
Cornish-Trenton LDS Ward Chapel. Visitation with the family will be one hour
prior to services at the chapel. Full military honors and internment will be
at Lewiston Utah City Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction
of Allen-Hall Mortuary, Logan.
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