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                                           William H. (Bill) Levitt 2/18/1917 ~ 12/29/2009 "Peace and powder snow"                          - ADVERTISEMENT -
                                           William Haskell (Bill) Levitt, long-time mayor of Alta, Utah, and owner of the
                                           Alta Lodge, died on Dec. 29, 2009. Mr. Levitt was a graduate of the University
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                              of North Carolina, holding B. A. and M. A. Degrees in Sociology and Human Geography.
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                              Over a long and varied career, before moving to Alta in 1956, Mr. Levitt served as
                              Director of Housing Surveys for the State Planning Board of North Carolina; was a
                              principal Agricultural Economist in the U. S. Department of Agriculture; served as
                              International Education Director for the UAW/CIO; was a sergeant in the U.S. Army in                            Obama will give you $2,500 a
                              World War II; was a film maker, producer/director for Film Documents; and studied at the                        year to go to school
                              Art Students' League in New York City. During his 34 years as mayor of Alta, Mr. Levitt,
  at various times, was President of the Utah League of Cities & Towns; Chairman of the Governor's Council on
  Community Affairs; Chairman of the Wasatch Front Regional Council; President of the Salt Lake Council of
  Governments; member of the Governor's Wilderness Committee; Municipal Representative on the State Air Quality                               Distinctive NC golf community
  Board; Chair of the Public Safety Committee of the Salt Lake Council of Governments. He served as President of                              offers grand escape
  the Utah Ski Association and was a retired member of the Intermountain Ski Instructors Association. He was also
  instrumental in the creation of Friends of Alta. Mayor Levitt was honored as the Outstanding Elected Official by the
  Utah League of Cities and Towns, and received a similar honor from the Utah Society of Public Administrators. He
  received a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Order of the Arrow, Utah Boy Scouts of America and was elected to                            - ADVERTISEMENT -
  the Utah Tourism Hall of Fame. In 2004, in recognition for his work in protecting the natural environment of the
  community of Alta and the surrounding canyon, he was named a Giraffe by the Giraffe Heroes Project. The Giraffe
  Project is an international nonprofit organization that honors those who "stick their neck out for the common good."
  Mr. Levitt was born on Feb. 18, 1917, in Brooklyn, NY., a son of Samuel Levitt and May Kane Levitt. He is
  survived by his wife, Mimi Muray Levitt, to whom he was married on Dec. 17, 1982; a sister-in-law, Katherine
  Levitt, Savannah, GA; three sons, John, San Francisco, CA; Bino, (Marty Jones), Haiku, HI; Toby (Heather), Salt
  Lake City; a daughter, Cassia (Marcus) Dippo, Salt Lake City; a daughter-in-law, Victoria Levitt, Potsdam, NY;
  seven grandchildren, Ethan Levitt (Meg-gan), Atlanta, GA; Elissa Levitt, Houston, TX; Sam and Wilson Dippo, Salt
  Lake City; Sara, Matthew, and Hanna Levitt, Salt Lake City; a great-granddaughter, Maggie Levitt, Atlanta, GA. He
  was pre-deceased by a son, James; a sister, Helen; and a brother, Robert. A marriage to Elizabeth Ayscue ended
  in divorce. A marriage to Janice Loeb ended in divorce. Bill Levitt was a humanitarian and cared about people as
  well as about Alta's history and its future. He was unusually talented, energetic and charismatic, but more than
  that, he used his powers for the greater good. He was a liberal in the truest sense of the word. His priority was
  never his own enrichment; it was always community, nature, open spaces and people. Bill fought for what was
  important to him; his principles, Alta, its community, its people and its future. He was always looking to the future.
  Bill never seemed to care what people thought of him, but he cared deeply about people themselves -whether they
  were "important" in the conventional sense or not. Bill had a great life and he was still in possession of his powers
  at the end -funny, intelligent, and full of idealism and spirit. A private service will be held at the convenience of the
  family. A memorial service is also being planned for sometime later in the spring. In lieu of flowers, contributions
  may be sent to Friends of Alta, P.O. Box 8126, Alta, UT 84092. Online condolences and stories can be shared at
  www.bill-levitt.blogspot.

  Published in Salt Lake Tribune from January 1 to January 3, 2010                           print
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