Howard R. Atkin, age 75, of Salt lake City, Utah, died on October 12, 1997, of complications related to diabetes.
He was born in Beaver, Utah on March 2, 1922 to Stanley and MargaretRobinson Atkin. He graduated from Beaver High School in 1940. He attended the University of Utah. He was a member of the LDS Church. He was a distinguished bombardier with the Air Force during World War II. He flew missions over Japan during 1944 and 1945. Was shot down over Osaka, Japan on February 10, 1945, for which he was honored with the Purple Heart. He was retired from Lincoln National Life Insurance Company. He was an avid Utah Utes fan.Married Christine Heide on August 1, 1943. They had five children, Connie K. (Donald) Conroy; Carol Ann Sorenson; David R. (Cathy); Christopher D. (Mary Ann); Howard R. (Tracy) Atkin, Jr. They were later divorced.
Later married Evelyn Bitton on May 16, 1964 and had one daughter, Suzanne Atkin. They were later divorced.
Currently married to Elaine Swensen Atkin with whom he had one daughter, Jamie.
He is survived by his wife and all his children; 17 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; sister, Emma Brown. Preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Stan LaFaunce and Clark Atkin; and his sister, Garneith.
We may not live forever on this jolly good ole sphere, But while we do we'll live a life of merriment and cheer, And when our college days are o'er and life is drawing nigh, With parting breath we'll sing that song: "A Utah Man Am I."
Graveside Services will be Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997, 1 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery. Friends may call prior to the service, 11-1 p.m. in the Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary Chapel, 10600 So. 1700 East, Sandy, Utah.
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