Wayne C. Mize


Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2003

Former Anchorage resident Wayne C. Mize died Nov. 19, 2002, at his home in Yuma, Ariz. He was 82.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Kasilof cemetery.

Mr. Mize was born in Atlanta on Feb. 14, 1920, to William and Eva (Morris) Mize. He came to Alaska in 1939 while serving in the Army Air Corps.

He was stationed at Fort Richardson and served in the Aleutian Islands for two years as a crew chief on B-47s. After his discharge, he married Kathleen Foley of Anchorage in 1946. He joined the Anchorage Police Department and was the first representative from the Territory of Alaska to attend the FBI Academy in Virginia.

He spent 15 years in law enforcement, retiring as chief of police in Arroyo Grande, Calif. He was appointed to the Treasury Department and retired in 1982.

Mr. Mize and his wife enjoyed the snowbird life, spending the summers in Alaska and wintering in Yuma. His ashes will be be laid to rest in the Kasilof cemetery.

"'Grampy' will always be remembered for his love of his family, his smile and his upbeat attitude," his family said.

Mr. Mize was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Don Mize of Santa Maria, Calif.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Kathleen (Kitty); son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Mary Mize of Sterling; daughter and son-in-law, Fred and Ida Mae Wilson of Sparks, Nev.; and granddaughters, Morgan and Sondra Mize of Sterling.

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