Alvin Don Cripe, 82, passed away peacefully at his brother-in-law Doug Talbot’s home surrounded by his family in Panguitch, Utah on February 23, 2018 from causes related to Alzheimer’s. He was born October 19, 1935 in Longview, Washington to Calvert Quinter and Mabelle Elizabeth Thompson Cripe. He had one younger sister.
Al’s family moved to Everett, Washington when he was a year old where he later graduated from Everett High School. Al played the coronet and piano and played in an orchestra in high school and in the marching band. He attended the University of Washington where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Al went to work for Capitol/City Finance in Seattle, Washington and after a few years he was transferred to Salt Lake City, Utah to open a new office. It was in Salt Lake where he met the love of his life, Opal Talbot. They were married on October 28, 1973 and the marriage was later solemnized in the Seattle, Washington Temple on February 28, 1981. Al was an amazing and dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He was always a gentleman and had a great sense of humor and he used these attributes in making his and Opal’s 44 years of marriage joyous and a bit of heaven on earth.
Al adopted Opal’s two children from her previous marriage: Clinton Alvin and Alishia and raised them as his own. In 1978 Al and Opal relocated back to Everett, WA and after being married nine years they were blessed to add another daughter, Brandi Michelle to their family. Family was everything to Al and he was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, son-in-law, and brother-in-law as well. He loved the large Talbot family he had married into and treasured the time spent with them. He will be greatly missed by all of the family.
Al worked for the Department of Education and then the US Postal Service for 30 years as a supervisor in the Mail Processing Plant in South Seattle. He loved his job and never once complained about the long commute each day along Interstate 5.
Retiring in 2007 he, along with his wife Opal, served a part time service mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for two years at the Mukilteo Home Food Storage Center. Then he served as the director of the Everett Washington Stake Family History Center for 4 years before serving another part time service mission with Opal working in the office at the Washington Everett Mission. Al loved his Savior Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father and felt so blessed to have the knowledge and testimony that families could be together forever.
Al is survived by his eternal companion and best friend, Opal; children: Clint A. (Erika) Cripe, Fruita, CO; Alishia Cripe, Everett, WA; and Brandi M. (Trevor) Crockett, Granite Falls, WA; and two daughters from his previous marriage: Debi Lamper (Heinz) Falenski, AZ; and Dawn (Gordon) Ebner, FL; 15 grandchildren: Caleb, Calista, Addy, and Camilla Cripe, Camden, Aurelia, Rhiannon, Adalyn, Bryson, and Evelyn Crockett, Jennifer, Nick, and Matthew Lamper, and Jessica and Stephanie Ebner. He also leaves behind his brothers-in-law: Donald A. (Jeannie) Talbot, Douglas R. (Vickie) Talbot, Lanny K. Talbot; sisters-in-law: Arda (Roger) Cox, Meladean (Kevin) Carter, and Leslie Talbot. Al also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews on his wife Opal’s side and two nephews and one niece on his side as well as many numerous cousins on both sides.
Al was preceded in death by his parents; sister Elizabeth (Clarence) Robertson; brother-in-law Bill Talbot; and sisters-in-law: Marna Talbot and Loretta Linford.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 11:00 am in the Panguitch 2nd Ward,178 North 400 East, Panguitch, Utah where friends and family may call for viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 am. In honoring Al’s wishes he will not be buried at this time, but will be cremated and eventually placed in the Panguitch Cemetery.
A Celebration of Life for Al will be held around the middle of April 2018, in his previous LDS Mill Creek Ward, 11915 29th Ave SE, Everett, Washington.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Richard G. Birch, Maxi Miller, PA and Marnie Blevins, Hospice for their incredible loving and caring service to Al and Opal. Also the family wishes to thank all the wonderful people in Panguitch for accepting and loving Al and Opal while they have resided in Panguitch for the past four months. And especially the family wishes to thank Doug and Vickie Talbot for their love and support while Al and Opal stayed in their home.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you donate to your favorite charity. Take some time out of your day to serve someone in need.
Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com