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Alfred Gaynard East

February 24, 1928 - March 22, 2011

Alfred Gaynard East died on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 surrounded by his loving family from complications of Alzheimer’s. He was born February 24, 1928 to Thomas Alfred East and Cora Ann Wright East. He was the youngest of 8 children. He grew up most of his life in the Ogden area.He married Marybelle Travis on July 21, 1949. They had two children Judy East Dockstader and Janet East.He worked for HAFB as a mechanic, but he was a “jack of all trades”. He retired in 1971, where he then was able to travel with his wife and friends.His passion in life was his family. He loved his wife, daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren very much. Also his passion was his home. He always made such a beautiful home for all of us. He loved yard work and it showed. His yard was immaculate, and made a beautiful place for us to live. He was there for us no matter what the project was.We went on several family vacations and the memories will always be a treasure. He would always map out the route to make sure we could see everything possible, and made sure every hotel had a pool, that was the only thing the grandkids asked for.He is survived his wife Marybelle East, daughter Judy East Dockstader, Janet East and 7 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, and sister Marge East Neely. He was preceded in death by his 6 of his siblings : Melvin East, Gwen East Wheeler, Dortha East Price, Thelma East Hunt, Ivan East, Gage East and a great granddaughter Kaylene Peterson.We would like you to celebrate his life with us at a Memorial service at Leavitt’s Mortuary on Wednesday, March 30th, at 11 am. Friends and family are invited to share memories with the family one hour prior.We would like to thank the staff at Mountain View Nursing Services and Inspiration Hospice for their kind and loving care.Cremation will be under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary.In lieu of flowers we would like you to donate to the Utah Chapter of Alzheimer’s. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Time: 10:00 am -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Memorial Information

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403


Timeline for Alfred Gaynard East

Born: February 24, 1928
Died: March 22, 2011

Condolences for Alfred Gaynard East

Elizabeth McCreary posted on 3/31/11

Dear Judy and Janet,I just read about your Dad's passing tonight. I send my love and deep sympathy. Letting a parent go after such a long time is so hard; I hope the great memories you made as a family will comfort you in the days ahead.I remember your Dad as being very gentle, quiet and kind to us as children growing up. He always made me feel so welcomed at your home.I am out of town and so sorry to have missed his service.Much love to you cousins,Elizabeth


Curtis and Dianna Gerhardt and girls posted on 3/31/11

Aunt Marybelle, Judy and Janet, we are so sorry to hear about your loss. You are always in our prayers and thoughts. Aunt Marybelle you have been there for me during my medical challenges and no matter what you need, we are here for you. Uncle Gaynard is now pain free and at peace. May God help you through this rough time and keep you warm and at peace.


Carolyn Owens posted on 3/30/11

Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Al at Clearfield house of Flowers. He was such a hard worker and so friendly. You couldn't ask for a better friend. He will be missed. I was the head designer in case you have forgotten my name. Gae sold the shop about 4 years ago and I stayed on for 2 years working for the new owner until the resession hit and I was layed off. I am now retired and am able to spent more time with my family and travel . My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely Carolyn


Gaylene (Gae) and Lynn Perkins posted on 3/30/11

Dear East family...We have only great love and respect for Al. He was a giant of a man, so kind and talented as a craftsman. He made small walking ducks for some of our grandkids when they were small. We love Al and Mary! Please call if we can ever help you in any way. Love, Gae and Lynn Perkins, former owners of Clearfield House of Flowers 801-985-2135We would be there to pay our respects in person if it were possible....


Inspiration Hospice posted on 3/29/11

Dear East family,We send our love to you as you fondly remember your kind husband, father and friend. We will also miss him. May the memories you share bring you comfort at this time and in the days ahead.With love,Inspiration Hospice


Jeff Larsen posted on 3/29/11

Janet and family my heart goes out to you, I'm so sorry. Be strong, he was a really good man, and was always great guy to me.


Amber posted on 3/28/11

He was the best grandpa or really to me best dad that anyone could have asked for. He is now watching over Kaylene with Ike. Love Ya Lots!!


Deanna Winder Powell posted on 3/27/11

I was the first cousin to Judy and Janet and the first cousin to "babysit" them. Gaynard would drive me home after he and Marybelle would have an occasional night out. I thought him to be a quiet cutie. Very calming to be around. A good family man with respect for women.