Alfred Irvin "A.I." Tippetts, age 98, died Tuesday, April 9, 1991 at the University Hospital in Salt Lake City of causes incident to advanced age.
He was born August 2, 1892 in Lakeshore, Utah to Joseph Harrison and Hanne Miriah Nielson Tippetts. He married Eda Elizabeth Cropper, December 20, 1915 in Salt Lake City; she died June 17, 1944. He married Gwendolyn Greaves, December 23, 1946, in Salt Lake City; she died September 16, 1988.A.I. Tippetts was a distinguished Utah Educator for 40 years. He was an uplifting teacher and elementary and high school principal. During his last 22 years of service he was a caring and encouraging teacher of social sciences at Snow College, retiring in 1953. He not only taught political science he was very active in Utah politics. Citizens of Sanpete County respected his knowledge and intregrity. In 1948 they elected him to the Utah Legislature after a second term as representative he was elected as a senator. Utah Statesman, A.I. Tippetts should be remembered as one of those who worked untiringly with others to pass Utah's first Education Equalization Law. When the depression threatened to end, LDS colleges in Ogden, Ephraim, Cedar City and St. George, he was among the legislators who transformed those valuable schools as Junior colleges for the state of Utah. In 1956 Gwen and A.I. and their friends created a center for Springville and Mapleton Senior Citizens; this enthusiastic group was one of the first in Utah and became a pilot program for Utah Division of Aging. It began with only five members and grew to nearly 800; they enjoyed a balanced meal five days a week, a diagnostic health clinic, a great variety of recreation activities and educational trips in Utah, the United States and Canada. When he was 88 years of age, A.I. Tippetts retired as director of the Springville-Mapleton Senior Citizens.
He is survived by three sons from his first marriage: Twain Cropper Tippetts, Logan; Joyce Waters Tippetts, Salt Lake City; Stanley Rogers Tippetts, Orem; his surviving step-daughters from his second marriage are: Winona Greaves Ericson, Ephraim; Madge Greaves Anderson, Monticello; Rula Greaves Nielson, Springville; Val Greaves Gividen, Orem; there are numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several great great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be held Saturday, 11 a.m. in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel, 211 East 200 So., Springville. Friends may call on Friday, 6-8 p.m. or Saturday one hour prior to service. Burial, Ephraim Cemetery.
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