Reverend Alfred E. Persons
The Reverend Alfred E. Persons’ main mission in life was to restore the Conciliatory Council of the first century. Estes Park resident Al Persons died at Prospect Park Living Center February 13, 2013. He was 90 years old.
Alfred Ernest Persons was born October 7, 1922 in Tulsa, OK. His parents were Charles Alfred and Edna Maude (Penney) Persons. Al graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1943. On June 15, 1946 he married Marcia Whitwell. From college he went to Seminary at the General Theological Seminary in New York City and received his Master’s degree in Theology in 1947. He started his ministry serving six years as Vicar at All Saints in Miami,OK and Saint John’s in Vinita, OK. His life was committed to restoring the first century conciliatory process to the Church in regard to doctrine, ministry and service. His philosophy in life was “Not either or, but both and all”.
From Oklahoma City he went to St. Matthew’s parish in Enid, OK where he was rector and Chairman of Religious Education for the Diocese of Oklahoma, and developed early programs for marriage counseling. Next, he went to Greenwich, CT to join the National Department of Christian Education for 4 years. Al then returned to parish work at St. Paul’s in Darien, CT, then to the Episcopal Diocese of Texas as Director of Religious Education for eight years.
Al and Marcia moved to Estes Park in 1984 where he continued his consulting business – Al Persons Associates – training Pastors, lay board members, Diocese officers, University educators and government staff. Al’s main goal in business was to improve effectiveness of churches, businesses, civic and educational organizations. He considered himself to be a fortunate man. He continued his ministry helping St. Bartholomew’s Church where he was also a substitute Priest. He had been a member of Rotary International since 1946, having been a member of The Rotary Club of Estes Park and a charter member of Longs Peak Rotary. After 56 years of marriage, Marcia died in 2002.
Their children are Richard & Julia Persons of Berthoud, CO, Robert & Mary Anne Persons of Flagstaff, AZ, and Libby Bernhard and husband Gary of Austin, TX; grandchildren Tamara Lozano and husband Mark of Arvada, CO, Alexis Ball and husband David of Broomfield, CO, Alana and Bella Persons, Carrie Lee Lewis, Andrew and Adam Bernhard; great grandchildren Gabrielle Lozano, Jacob Lozano, Christian Lozano, Madelyn Ball, Jillian Ball, Oliver Ball and Ori Persons. Al married Jo Ann (Stearns) Jones in Estes Park on March 16, 2003. Jo and her family also survive. They are stepchildren Stephaney & Vinh Vo of Johnston, IA, Peter & Joni Bruecken of Bettendorf,IA, Babette & Dan Quinn of Fort Collins, CO, Bob Jones of Arvada, CO, Mike & Mary Anne Jones of Estes Park, Patrick & Kristin Jones of Gilbert, AZ. He is also survived by 16 step grandchildren and 11 step great grandchildren and his sister Marian Bowen of Tulsa, OK.
Al was preceded in death by his wife Marcia and his son Kenneth Persons.
A Memorial Mass to celebrate Al’s life was held at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church on Thursday February 21, 2013. Memorial contributions may be made to Longs Peak Rotary Foundation or St. Bartholomew’s Church in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Avenue Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Al’s family.