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Bryant Lee Pitner

Posted 2007-04-11 by Edward Peed
Bryant Lee Pitner, 63, passed away March 30, 2007 at his home in Dudleyville.

He was born Nov. 23, 1943 to Dave Bryant and Cerena Alma Pitner in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

He grew up in Dona Ana, New Mexico, attending Las Cruces High School, where he set track records for shot put and discus. He also played on the football team, helping them win several state championships.

He married Bonnie Jean Herring April 15 and 29, 1961. They eloped to Juarez, Mexico only to find out that without registering in the states they weren’t married. So after telling their parents, they married for a second time. Bonnie was 15 and Bryant was 17 at the time.

Bryant worked in road construction, building many roads around Arizona including Kitt Peak Highway and Mule Creek Road. He worked for a scrap metal company in Tucson and in 1963 he went to work for Asarco starting as a laborer and janitor, working his way up to General Foreman/Superintendent. He set records in copper production. Bryant never stopped learning how to improve his craft; he was the envy of every metallurgist he worked with. After 39 years, he retired in 2001.

Bryant had many hobbies over the years. As a younger man, he trained and rode horses and he drove racecars for many years. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and watching Fox news. He enjoyed photography and won a blue ribbon for one of his photos at Pioneer Days. He belonged to the local Elks Lodge and was E.R. in 1990-1991.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; children, Bryant Lee Pitner Jr. (Sujie). Dave Garret Pitner (Vanessa) and Wanda Kaye Jean Pitner; grandchildren, Bradlee Bryant (16), Garrett Wayne (19), Justin Albert (16), Tyson Edward (13), Shannon Alyene (8), Tonja Meadows and Benjamin Meadows; one great-grandchild, Chloe Meadows.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, April 17, at 3 p.m. at the Kearny Elks Lodge.

He was greatly loved and will be missed.

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