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Alvin Paul Koetitz Jr.

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February 1, 1934 - June 14, 2014 Alvin "Sonny" Paul Koetitz, Jr, 80, of Stanwood, Wash., passed away on June 14, 2014. Alvin was the eldest of four children to Alvin Paul Koetitz, Sr and Thelma Montana Lindstrand. He was born on February 1, 1934 in Circle, Mont. He grew up and graduated from high school in Ronan, Mont., where he met the love of his life, Beverly Jones. She sent him a secret Valentine when he was ill and it was love ever after. Following high school, Alvin enlisted in the US Navy. Prior to his departure, he promised his sweetheart that they would get married when he returned home on leave. Within one week upon his return, they were married on December 8, 1954 at the LDS ward chapel in St Ignatius, Mont. After a short honeymoon, they moved cross- country to his first assignment at the Patuxent River Naval Station in Maryland where he served as an AD2 aircraft mechanic. He was then honorably discharged to the US Navy Reserve in August of 1956 having earned the Good Conduct and National Defense Medals. Over the years, Alvin continued his service in the Coast Guard, Air Force, and Army Reserves retiring as a Technical Sergeant after 20 years of honorable service. As a civilian, he earned an Associate's degree in Data Processing at the University of Washington while employed with Boeing in Seattle, served as an accountant with G&D Logging Company in Darrington, and worked with Kimberly Clark in Everett. Together, Alvin and Beverly worked hard and shared a deep, unwavering faith in our Savior and an eternal love for each other for 60 years. On July 3, 1964, Alvin and Beverly were sealed to each other and their children for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They were inseparable! After a few years of moving between Oklahoma, Montana, and Washington, they settled in the Warm Beach area near Stanwood, Wash., where they raised their three children and established a homestead of over 40 years. Alvin was a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who lived his beliefs, followed the rules, kept his covenants, and served with honor and dedication. He held various church callings including Sunday School President, Finance Ward Clerk, pianist (he especially enjoyed playing for the Primary children), and serving in various LDS temples. Following retirement, he and Beverly served a full-time mission at the Arlington Stake Family History Center in Smokey Point, Wash. Alvin was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved his family, enjoyed spending time with family, attending reunions and special family events, hot rods and antique cars, the outdoors, animals, hunting, boating, fishing, and the ocean. He was a skilled mechanic, a "sharp-shooter", and a "fix-it-all" handyman. Though he was soft spoken, he had a fun sense of humor that made us all chuckle. Alvin was preceded in death by his parents, his son, (Randall Lee Koetitz); and brother, (Arvid Koetitz). He is survived by his wife, Beverly Jones Koetitz, Children: Jonathan (Tami) Koetitz (Kadis) and Laurel (Mark) Madsen; grandchildren: Jared (Ruthann) Koetitz (Kadis), Justin Koetitz, Tarissa (Dave) Gwilliam, Tasha (Nefi) Urena, Lacey (Michael) Allen, Kimball (David) Romney, Isaac (Maria) Madsen, Ryan Madsen, Tyler Madsen, and Kyle Madsen; great-grandchildren: Leo, Gavin, Christina, David, Rayna, Noah, Koi, Jordan, Skyler, Adelaide, Hyrum, Gabriel, Sawyer, and siblings: Carolyn (Temple) Beavers and Gene (Judy) Koetitz. Services will be held Friday, June 20, 2014 with a viewing from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the funeral service starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Stanwood Ward LDS chapel, 795 Ell Rd, Camano Island, Wash. Arrangements under the direction of Gilbertson Funeral Home, Stanwood. A graveside service with military honors will follow at the Anderson Cemetery in Stanwood, Wash. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on June 18, 2014
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