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Walter Alan Whitchurch

1950 ~ 2008

Walter Alan Whitchurch passed away peacefully at home June 14, 2008 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Alan was born February 25, 1950 to Walter Almon and Phyllis Pettit Whitchurch in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended Stewart Elementary, Bryant Junior High School, and East High School in Salt Lake City. He served a full-time mission for the LDS Church in the Frankfurt Germany West Mission from 1969-1971, and then continued his education at the University of Utah where he graduated with a BA in Biology in 1973. He married Mary Josephine Jenkins June 27, 1972 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They are parents of six beautiful children.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary; and children, Laura Blattner (Aaron), Emma, Eli, and Aidan of Beaverton, Oregon; Becky Wren (Jarom), Jack, Olivia, and Anna of Racine, Wisconsin; Bryan Whitchurch of Fairfax, Virginia; Marianne Gessel (Luke) Ryan and Benjamin of Columbus, Ohio; Tim Whitchurch (Susan) and Sophia of Bountiful, Utah; and, Adam Whitchurch of Bountiful, Utah. He is also survived by his mother, Phyllis Whitchurch of Salt Lake City; siblings, Robert (Marj), John, Carolyn Jorgensen (Bruce), David (Tina), James (Fran), Ray (Julie), Ann Hunt (Terry) and Tom (Becky). His father, Walter Almon Whitchurch, preceded him in death.

Alan worked in banking for his adult life and was a member of UAFS, Utah Bankers Association,

Rotary Club and Kiwanis. He was a board member of Artspace and Utah Non-Profit Housing. He was a hard worker and his influence in the

banking community was felt greatly. He has left a legacy of generosity, love, compassion, and courage that will continue to be felt by his family and all those who knew him.

As an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in three bishoprics and many leadership positions including Young Men's President and counselor. Alan had a beautiful baritone/bass voice, which he shared in many

musical groups and choirs throughout his life, some of which included A Capella and Madrigals at East High School, the University of Utah A Capella Choir and the Mormon Youth Chorus. His love of music was passed on as a legacy to his children. He was a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather. He was never too busy to listen to his

children and help them with any challenge they faced.

Alan will be missed greatly by his family and friends. In lieu of

flowers, contributions may be sent to Utah Non-Profit Housing or The Hunstman Cancer Institute.

Friends and family may call at a viewing on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. So. Temple, SLC. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 12 p.m. at the North Canyon Fourth Ward, 965 East Oakwood Drive, Bountiful, with a viewing from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Interment at Salt Lake City Cemetery. Online condolences at: www.larkincares.com