The man who is said to have done the original artwork for the design of the iconic green shield CTR ring worn by millions of Latter-day Saints worldwide over the past half century has died.
Joel Holbrook Izatt, who lived in Utah much of his life, was a “pioneer of graphic arts, expert in illustration, logos, video games and commercials.” He was 80 years old when he passed away on March 31, according to his obituary.
One part of Izatt’s obituary will stand out to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
His art is everywhere in the state, almost all unheralded and anonymous. Perhaps his most well-known ‘anonymous’ work is actually known around the world and worn by millions — he was the original artist for the CTR ring for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (The original artwork is in the possession of the family).
A 2001 Deseret News article reports that Douglas “Coy” Miles was contracted to come up with the design for the CTR ring, which stands for “Choose the Right,” and identifies Izatt as one who did the artwork. The men worked in cooperation with the church’s Primary general board on the project in 1970.
Young Latter-day Saint children still receive a green CTR ring but in recent years the church has introduced new emblems through the Children and Youth Program.