Alva Vernon Mankin

July 23, 1923November 6, 2018
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Alva Vernon Mankin, 95 a former resident of Oklahoma passed away November 6, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. Alva was born July 23, 1923 in McCloud, Oklahoma. He was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather and friend. Alva is preceded in passing by his parents, William T. and Viola Mankin (Knabe); wife, Billy June Mankin; son, Bobby W. Mankin; grandson, David W. Marsh; brothers, Ivan “Chick” Mankin and Bob Mankin; and sisters, Lorene Blalock and Willa Dean "Pete" McAdams. He is survived by his daughter, Alva Marsh and her husband Roy; son, Jim Mankin and his wife, Pamela; daughter, Annie Shurtliff; sister, Jean McAdams; grandchildren, Angela Milne, Tracy Lartigue, Brady Mankin and his spouse, Sarah, Casey Mankin and his spouse, Jill; great-grandchildren, Ellis and Brooks, Reese, Gage, Drew, Reid, Dane Mankin, Mariah and Brook Gallego, great-great grandchildren, Ben Lartigue and Raegan Anderson.

Funeral Service will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel


  • Larry Little, Pallbearer
  • Jose Martinez, Pallbearer
  • Randy McAdams, Pallbearer
  • John Barnes, Pallbearer
  • John Little, Pallbearer
  • Mike Rooker, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Alva Vernon Mankin

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Frances R

November 8, 2018

Please accept my condolences for the loss of Alva. At time like these we wonder where we can find comfort. As for me I have found comfort in GOD. Reading the bible at John 5:28,29 shows that GOD will bring our love ones back to life here on earth. Please accept my condolences and prayers.



As we gather here today to remember and commemorate Alva Mankin's (Granddad's) life, we bid him farewell as we mourn the loss of a lively, dignified soul, whom we all absolutely loved and adored.
Duty, decency, reliability and respect: these are the qualities he held in high esteem and practiced daily during his life.
These attributes were developed early in his life. As a young man and soon to be father, he courageously accepted his call to duty in the U S Army. He faithfully served, crossing several European countries, fighting for the freedom and democracy we all enjoy sitting here today. Although he received several medals during his service in World War II, when he returned home to his wife and 2 year old son whom he had never seen, he made a commitment not to share what he had seen and was tasked with doing as an Army soldier. Just another example of the kind of man he was, family first, keeping war horrors to himself. He served his country- now it was time to serve his family.
He was an imposing man, a tall and handsome character whose reassurance and security we all felt in both joyous and difficult times. He loved and protected all of us in his own way.
He held a responsibility to his entire family. He always did what he needed to do in providing for his family, and no one can remember any time when he wasn’t working his hardest to give us all the very best of everything. Those attributes have embraced us all.
The greatest life lesson learned from him was his value of hard work. He worked at BE-MAC Trucking for 41 years. It was apparent to all he enjoyed working and most might label it as his hobby. The quality of any task performed was always done to perfection.
He was so happy when he retired in 1986 and built his retirement home with the help of his son, nephews and son-in-law. He cherished the bond during that time he spent with them.
He was a straightforward man and did not hesitate to share his opinions. He was very protective, while sometimes seemingly harsh, but always out of love.
Another area of love and respect he received was through his time he and his son-in-law Dave shared as members of their tractor club, which he tremendously enjoyed. Any of those members here today can acknowledge how he brought extraordinary fun to all their lives.
He showed strength and love right up until his last days with us.
We hope today and forever we all take the time to look back, share a story and talk about how we loved him. Keeping only the most shining characteristics of our beloved, father, brother, Granddad and Uncle Alvie. He led a complete life and his legacy lives on.
As we are gathered together here today to celebrate your life, we thank you for sharing your life with us. You have touched so many.