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Alexander Zlaten stepped into the presence of his Lord Jesus on the morning of August 31, 2010. He was 89. Al was born on August 13, 1921 in White House, Colorado a mining camp near Erie to Todar N. Zlaten and Fedosja Wasilkow Zlaten. He attended Erie schools and the University of Colorado, graduating in 1946 with a degree in Civil Engineering. For 30 years he worked for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation designing earth dams. His projects included the dams at Lake Granby, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Carter Lake and many more across the country. He loved the mountains of the Front Range and never tired of their majestic beauty. From his home above Erie as a child, to his last home he purchased, they all included a panoramic view from the Indian Peaks to the peaks of Mount Meeker and Longs Peak. He was a devoted member of New Creation Church. Al will be remembered for many accomplishments but three were most important to him. First was his family. His marriage to LaVon Brown on July 5, 1945 in Longmont was blessed by four childen: Jim and Sherri (deceased) Zlaten of McMinnville, Tennessee; Dennis and Leana Zlaten, Doug and Patti Zlaten and Vivian and Paul Hill, all of Longmont. He is further survived by a sister in law Sister Margaret Brown, OSF; 10 grandchildren Nicola, Vanessa, Elisa, Alexander, Stephanie, Jennifer, Christina, Matthew, Joanna and Stephanie; and 18 great grandchildren. The second accomplishment was his military service. Al enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943 and flew a P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter in the European Campaign. On February 6, 1945 his plane was hit by enemy fire and went down in German territory. After hiding for 2 weeks he was captured and spent several weeks as a POW before the Allies liberated the prisoners. In the year 2000 he recorded many of his wartime experiences in his book By the Grace of God. His third accomplishment was his commitment to the city of Longmont. In 1964, Al joined the city council and in 1970 was elected mayor. He served in that position for 2 years. His motivation for public service was the need for water storage for the growing population of Longmont. He knew he could provide the expertise needed to build Button Rock Dam and donated his time for that purpose. Al was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Fred Chepelenko, Joe Chepelenko and John Zlaten and daughter in law Sherri Zlaten. He will be fondly remembered by his family and many friends. No public visitation is scheduled. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 3, at New Creation Church. Interment will follow at Foothills Gardens of Memory. Full Military Honors will be provided by the U.S. Air Force. Contributions may be made to New Creation Church, 737 Bross St., Longmont, 80501 or Life Choice's Pregnancy Center, 20 Mountain View Ave., Longmont, CO 80501.

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