Al was born in Milford, Utah to Thomas Alma Hollis and Lona Blanche Shields. He was raised in the mountains of Fillmore where he learned to fly fish just outside of Buckskin Charley campground. Throughout his life, we never found a stream where he couldn't pull out a fish. He grew up hunting in Paradise Canyon where he more often than not, pulled out a 4-point buck.\n\nEventually he headed north to BYU where he used a borrowed bike to date Katheryn Madsen. They were married in the Manti temple Sept 16, 1962. For the next 55 years, he continued to take her on many adventures down the "Backroads" of the American west. He could never decide which he liked more so he majored in Band, Mathematics and German.\n\nHe taught Jr High where he felt he could make a difference in the lives of his students in Lyman Wy, Kamas, and Pleasant Grove. His first love was teaching Band. After 32 years of teaching, it was common for an unfamiliar adult to come up to him and thank him for teaching them the clarinet or sax and for letting them talk him into telling stories of his Alaskan adventures. He also taught German, which he learned during his 3 years in the Swiss/Austria Mission and Math, until he retired.\n\nIn the meantime, five kids joined his and Kathy's family. They grew up camping in the deserts and mountains of Utah since one of the side benefits of teaching was summer vacation. Upon retirement, he spent the winters in Utah skiing and in Ajo, AZ where he and Kathy continued to explore the deserts of the southwest. His hobbies included writing and photography and he published two books -- a coffee table book of his poems and photographs from his travels; and a collection of short stories from his life. He continued to outgolf and outshoot his kids his whole life and nary a clay pigeon escaped his Benelli.\n\nAl is survived by his wife, Kathy, their five children; Stephen, Kristi Ann (Kelly) Peterson, Almy (Kristi), Lisa Gay (Reed) Neubert, and Randy (Christy) and 15 grandchildren.\n\nFuneral services will be held Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Battle Creek Eighth Ward Chapel, 1255 East 200 South, Pleasant Grove. Family and friends may attend a viewing Tuesday evening from 6-8 at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove and at church on Wednesday one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.