Dammeron Valley, UT - Born June 19, 1914 in Yakima, WA, Al earned his B.A. in business administration in 1930 from Lindfield College. After working for a year in the insurance business, Alfred decided that his true love was philosophy and world religions. He then left the insurance business to enroll at the University of Chicago, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in philosophy and the psychology of religion in 1945. While a student at Chicago, he served as assistant to the dean of the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and coordinated student religious activities on campus. The lure of New England took the Painters to Bates College in Maine, where he taught for four years. The weather wasn’t inviting to a Westerner, so Al and family moved in 1949 to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA where he worked in the religion, philosophy and education departments. In 1956, he was ordained a Methodist Minister, and for nine years served as the associate minister at Westwood Community Methodist Church in West Los Angeles, CA. Prior to returning to teaching, he pastored a small church in Long Beach. Wanting to get back to his gift of teaching, he found the opportunity at Orange Coast College, CA where he served as chairman of the philosophy department and taught for eighteen years. In 1975, he received the prestigious Salgo Award as the outstanding teacher of the year. Al and his wife enjoyed many years of leading tours to Europe. He was married 35 years to his first wife, Frances, who passed away of Alzheimer’s in 1977. He was then married to Anita Painter for 33 years until her death in 2010.
Al and Anita moved to Dammeron Valley, UT in about 1993 and loved the area. Al’s proudest teaching moment was when he was asked to teach a comparative religion course at Dixie College in St. George, UT. He also enjoyed additional co-teaching at the college with Dick Harper.
Dr. Painter is a past executive director of the Orange County Chapter of the National Council of Christians and Jews, and has served on boards for the Red Cross, the YMCA, the University of the Pacific and the Kiwanis Club. He was a past member of the local Rotary Club. He served on the ethics committee for the medical school at the University at Irvine, and as a founding member for the Orange County Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Al has one daughter, Joni Younie of Lafayette, Louisiana and son-in-law, Bill Younie. His other daughter, Susan, passed away in 1983. He has two grandchildren, Christopher Smith of Kailua-Kona, HI and Robyn Younie of Manhattan Beach, CA. He has two great-grandchildren, Kililani and Braden, in Hawaii. He also has two step-daughters, Tally Thorsen and Andrea (Dede) Smith of Dana Point, CA.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Metcalf Mortuary Chapel, 288 West St. George Blvd., St. George, UT. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Learning Center for Families, 2044 Mesa Palms Drive, St. George, UT 84770, (435) 986-9874.