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Obituary: Alan Smith Warner

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9/15/1949 ~ 3/31/2004

Alan Smith Warner, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, age 54, passed away suddenly March 31, 2004.

Alan was born September 15, 1949 in Brigham City, Utah to Joanne Smith and Albert Heber Warner. He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Ann Allen, February 14, 1969 in Ogden, UT. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple, December 3, 1971 where they were joined together for time and all eternity.

You could always count on Alan (a.k.a. Moose, D.O.D., or "Big Al") for a firm handshake, a strong hug, an open heart, a willing hand, and a great smile. He loved music, the outdoors, fishing, boating, camping, football, baseball, BYU, and vacationing in Hawaii...But most of all he loved his family and friends. He'll be remembered for his chunky milkshakes, giggle guts, growling bear hugs, wrestling tickle wars, and a "penny for a gumball." He loved to go "Fishin' for Bigonies and Alan Fish."

Alan had a number of accomplishments and passions in life. In every case, whatever Alan took on, or was ask to take on, he would approach with a tenacious drive to excel, tremendous energy, a positive winning way and a willingness to succeed. Most of all, he focused on efforts that helped people and made their lives better.

He was a devout member of his faith and had many callings as a member of the Brighton 3rd Ward, Salt Lake Brighton Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most recently he served as a member of the bishopric and High Priest Group Leadership. He was great with kids of all ages and spent a number of years as a coach for both Little League baseball and football, as well as a Boy Scout Scoutmaster. A recent joy was found in participating in the "C.A.S.T. for Kids" program.

Alan had a strong passion for singing and was a member, as well as being on the Board of Directors, of the Utah Symphony Chorus. He also was a member of the nationally recognized Mountain Chorale group. He spent many years as a volunteer Ski Patrol Officer at Brighton Sky Resort and became one of the select few avalanche specialists. Alan also had a passion for dogs. He and Pat raised and trained a number of pure bred Labrador Retrievers throughout their years together.

As accomplished as Alan was in his volunteer activities, he was just as successful in business where he was the recipient of five (5) "Presidential Awards" and several "Salesmen of the Year" awards from Campbell's Soup Company over his 23 years of employment. He recently worked at R.C. Willey and Cottonwood Animal Hospital. He had begun a new career and was currently enrolled at Steven's Henagar College where he maintained a 3.8 GPA.

Alan is survived by his sweetheart, Pat; two loving daughters, Sharlotte M. Fletcher (Shawn), Jennifer Jo Zito (Robert); six grandchildren, Elysa, Derek, Jordyn, Abbigail, Robert, and Stanford; four brothers; and three sisters. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Trisha; and his parents.

The viewing will be held Monday, April 5, 2004, 6-8 p.m. at Cannon Mortuary, 2460 East Bengal Blvd. (7600 South), and from 11-11:45 a.m. the day of the service at the church. The Funeral will be Tuesday, April 6, 2004, 12 noon at Brighton 3rd Ward Building 2327 East Bengal Blvd. (7600 South). Graveside services and interment will follow at Mountain View Memorial Estates 3115 East 7800 South in Salt Lake City. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Alan S. Warner Memorial Fund at any Zion Bank.