Earl McCoy Altizer, cherished husband, beloved father and brother, treasured grandfather, humble and faithful Patriarch, returned to the arms of his Heavenly Father on 4 December 1995, after a prolonged and valiant struggle with heart disease.

Born 13 July 1924 in Akron, Ohio, to James Ervin and Lela Steele Hugart Altizer. Earl was raised in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. From 1943 to 1946 he served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the Pacific front. He settled in Maryland and married Freda Odis Rhodes; later divorced. In 1979 he married Mary Kaaren Hense. An accountant by profession, Earl retired from government service in 1981. He and Mary then developed their own business in tax and pension consulting. In 1982 he and Mary received a witness from the Holy Spirit and were baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A year later they were sealed for time and all eternity in the Washington D.C. Temple.An avid fly fisherman, Earl also enjoyed genealogical research and was a past president of the Maryland Society, Sons of the American Revolution. A quiet, gentle man who loved life despite the health challenges of recent years, he was never without his ready sense of humor. In 1989, after a four year sojourn in West Virginia, he and Mary moved to Utah and settled in West Jordan. Since his conversion to the church he has served in many callings and at the time of his death was Patriarch of the West Jordan, Utah Prairie Stake. Within that work he has blessed the lives of many. A deeply spiritual man of devotion, his sweet and gentle ways endeared him to all. At the time of his death he and Mary were just completing their second three-year calling as church service missionaries, as docents at the Museum of Church History and Art, a calling which greatly enhanced his joy in service to others. While we grieve deeply and will miss his wise counsel and love, we all rejoice that he has been called to the loving arms of his Savior and has joined the other great Patriarchs for the work he must now do.

His family wishes to express deep gratitude to Dr. David R. Zachrison and the nursing staff and techs at Jordan Valley Hospital for their tireless efforts, concern and compassion during Earl's final days.

Earl is survived by his dear daughters, Diane Altizer DiPaolo and husband Vincent and Nancy Altizer Scipioni and her husband, Charles, all of Maryland. His loving guidance will be greatly missed by his precious grandchildren, David, Erica and Natalie DiPaolo, of whom he was so proud; his brother, A.A. (Bob) Altizer and wife, Margaret Ann, Bridgeport, West Virginia; two sisters, Betty June Bongiovanni and Nancy Rae Perkins and husband, Harold, all of Maryland. Preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Elwood Altizer, Aubry Cullen Altizer, his sister, Thelma Louise Altizer Bealle.

Funeral services will be held Friday, 12 noon at the Prairie Stake Center, 5320 West 7000 South. Friends may call Thursday, 5-8 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road and Friday at the church, 11-11:45 a.m. Interment, West Jordan City Cemetery.

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