Phoenix Memorial Park & Mortuary

200 West Beardsley Road, Phoenix, AZ


Denzil Ray Atha

October 23, 1931November 3, 2019

Denzil R. Atha, age 88 residing in Phoenix Arizona passed on Sunday November 3rd 2019. He was born October 23th, 1931 in Mannington West Virginia to Virgil Atha and Pinkey Atha (Shaw) and graduated from Mannington high school. Denzil was a proud 26 yr. veteran. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1950 and remained dedicated while it transitioned to the current US Air Force. He served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He earned and received several notable commendations and medals during his service to include a Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and two Outstanding Unit awards received for performing military operations while exposed to hostile enemy actions. He has written manuals for aircraft maintenance that was adopted by the US Air Force and are still used today. Denzil was an exemplary member of the United States Air Force, to which his military records attest. He entered the Army Air Corps at Shepherd AFB in Wichita, Tx and concluded his service at Luke Air Force base in Arizona. He was also stationed in Florida, Germany (twice), Thailand, Indiana before returning to Arizona in 1970 where he eventually retired in 1976.

Preceded in death by his daughter Vola Oden. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ann Atha, his sister Thelma Baginsky, his 3 children, Carol Witzell (husband Art ), Lanny Oden (wife Mary Ann) and Denzil Atha Jr. (wife Karen), A loving grandfather to 7 grandchildren, Jamiela (42), Christopher (37), Skyi (36), Marissa (35), Landon (32), Joshua (30), Travis (25), Jonathon (21) and 8 great grandchildren.


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, November 12, 2019


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Shirla Atha

November 6, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I always loved seeing Denzil and Ann at the reunion. They always showed their love and respect for each other. We have missed them the last few years. You have our love and condolences.