LOGAN/HELPER - S. Larry Litizzette died in an accident on Nov. 30, 2013 while doing something he loved - hunting with his son, Nick.
He was born in Price on April 14, 1957 to Stanley Victor and Edith Breznick Litizzette. Larry was raised in Helper, attended Notre Dame through middle school, and graduated from Carbon High School. His passion for hunting, fishing, and for the outdoors in general was taught to him by his father, uncles, cousins, and many friends.
He attended the College of Eastern Utah and worked as a counselor for the Youth Conservation Corp, river guide, ski technician, librarian, and DJ. In 1980 he moved to Logan to attend Utah State University. He received a BA in Fisheries and Wildlife in 1984, a BA in Secondary Education in 1985, and a MA shortly thereafter. He started teaching in 1984 at Mountain Crest High School where he was in his 29th year of teaching. He took to teaching immediately and soon realized that being a teacher was a passion he would stick with. He taught General Biology, AP Biology (for many years as a team-teacher with his closest friend, Brent McMillan), and Concurrent Enrollment Biology classes. During his teaching years he received many awards including Outstanding Teacher from the Cache Education Foundation, Professional Achievement Award from Utah State University, and the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education.
He loved all students regardless of who they were and created a safe, comfortable environment for all of them. Larry didn't judge them based on looks, politics, religion, ethnicity, success, or anything else. He simply asked them to listen and be respectful. He wanted his students to analyze their place on the planet and to consider the implications and consequences of their actions. His goal was to instill in his students a passion for Biology and a love for the natural world - to change the mindset some students have that they hate biology and science. His ethic of not judging others and helping those in need carried over into his personal life as well. He often said he was a non-religious Christian.
Larry carried his love of the outdoors to Logan and loved to ski fresh powder on Beaver Mountain. Fishing for trout in Utah and Wyoming were treasured moments. Hunting, hiking, and just being outdoors for any reason were critical to his happiness. He also had a love for the game of golf. Hiking in the desert and looking for fossils were hobbies. In addition to his outdoor activities he read with a vengeance, having a goal to read all the books that had received the Pulitizer Prize and National Book awards. He also threw in some books he called "candy" for fun. His favorite books were the Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy. Music was very important to him. He played it for his students, in the car, at home - and played the guitar himself. He relished good movies, especially alternative films. He was also a great cook. Who knew?
Larry married Jackie Burge in Helper on Sept. 11, 1982. They had a loving relationship for 36 years - sharing a love and common interests not everyone is lucky enough to find. Together they raised three fine sons in Logan. He loved his boys more than anything and spent nearly all of his off-time with them engaged in their mutual passions. Although he loved to visit his beloved Carbon County often, he couldn't leave the opportunities to ski, golf, hike, and hunt in beautiful Cache Valley. His love of the outdoors, music, reading, and family was passed on to his sons who will carry on these legacies.
Larry is survived by his wife, Jackie Burge Litizzette, Logan, sons Tony Litizzette, Nick Litizzette, and Michael Litizzette, Salt Lake City; mother Edith Litizzette, Helper; and several cousins who were like siblings to Larry.
He was preceded in death by his father Stanley Litizzette.
In lieu of flowers, we ask you to donate to a scholarship fund in his name for a student majoring in biology or education at Mountain Crest High School. Donations can be made by check to Cache Education Foundation in behalf of Larry Litizzette, CEF, 595 Riverwoods Parkway, Suite #425, Logan, Utah 84321.
Memorial services for Larry will be Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home (233 East Main Street) in Price. Family will be at Mitchell's Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. Interment, Mt. View Cemetery, Helper. A small service for close friends and family will also be held at the Utah State University Alumni Center in Logan on Thursday evening at 6 p.m.
If Larry were here, he would tell people: "Care for the environment, go outdoors and learn to love the joy and health it can bring you, be kind to others without judgement, and recognize that education is the key to solving the world's problems so do your part to make it a priority."
Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are welcome to share memories of Larry at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.