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Late Harborite, veteran Al Izatt honored

Two Navy sailors fold a flag during a ceremony for longtime Hoquiam resident Al Izatt at Pearl Harbor in September. Izatt served in the Navy from early 1944 through 1945, when he was medically discharged after being injured during a kamikaze attack that struck a boat he was on. Mark Izatt, Al’s son, spread his father’s ashes in Pearl Harbor on Sept. 7 after taking a trip to the site with his nephew, and Al’s grandson, Dustin Izatt. Al Izatt moved to Grays Harbor in 1965 from Everett. He taught math, science and engineering classes at Grays Harbor College, was a Hoquiam city councilman and served as mayor pro-tem for a time. He was also on the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Civil Service Commission and volunteered with the Boy Scouts, receiving the Silver Beaver award for his service to the organization. He passed away in May at the age of 89.