Spiritual and civic leader, Albert J. Colton, 63, died Monday at his Salt Lake home of cancer.

Colton was both a leader in Utah's legal community and an Episcopal priest. He was director and president of the Salt Lake law firm of Fabian & Clendenin and canonchancellor of St. Mark's Cathedral and chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah.Following his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Colton received his bachelor's degree in history from Dartmouth College in 1947, graduating magna cum laude. He was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was class valedictorian. He received law degrees from Yale Law School and Balliol College, Oxford, England, where he attended as a Rhodes scholar from 1948-50.

He then worked for 10 years at Fabian & Clendenin and at a Los Angeles law firm, after which he entered the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and graduated with distinction, later serving as vice dean and canon chancellor of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, and as rector of San Francisco's St. Francis Church.

Colton returned to Utah to practice law in Utah, where he continued his Episcopal ministry.

Colton's civic activities included serving as chairman of the Utah State Bar Examiners for three years and as a member of the Utah regional selection committees for Rhodes scholarships.

He also served on the boards of the Utah Endowment for the Humanities, the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School, St. Mark's Hospital, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, the Salt Lake Acting Company and the National Advisory Council for Utah State University.

The family is suggesting contributions be sent to the Rev. Canon Albert J. Colton Memorial Fund, c/o St. Mark's Cathedral, 231 E. First South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111; or the Albert J. Colton Fellowship Fund, c/o Utah Endowment for the Humanities, 10 West Broadway, Suite 900, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101.

The Eucharist at the Burial of the Dead will begin Thursday noon in St. Mark's Cathedral.