Afton Ireta Banks Pintar returned to the arms of her Heavenly Father on the morning of January 2, 2022. She was our beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, and Friend. While our grief is great at this time, our sense of gratitude is even greater to Heavenly Father for blessing our lives with Afton.
Afton was born on May 30, 1944 in Spanish Fork, Utah to Edward Ralph Banks and Ireta Lewis Banks. While Afton was Edward and Ireta’s only natural child, she was raised with Grant Cooley whom she considered her brother. Afton grew up on her parents’ farm in Palmyra, Utah, attending and graduating from Spanish Fork High School and Spanish Fork Seminary. Afton was a member of the 4-H club growing up and participated in many 4-H activities. After graduating from high school, Afton attended Utah State University and graduated with an elementary education degree. Afton has always been a proud Aggie Alum.
After gaining her first teaching job in Salt Lake City, Utah, Afton met her eternal companion and soulmate, Lewis John Pintar. They were married on November 29, 1968 and sealed in the Salt Lake City temple shortly after. After they were married a few years, Afton and Lewis moved to California for a few years where Afton taught school while Lewis worked. It was in California that two of Afton’s children were born: Jason Lewis Pintar and Alison Pintar. Afton and Lewis moved back to Palmyra, Utah in 1974 and she was a resident of Palmyra, Utah ever since. After moving back to Palmyra, Afton and Lewis’s third child, Nicholas Edward Pintar, was born.
Afton worked as an elementary school teacher in Nebo School District in Utah County for thirty years. She loved the teachers she taught with and enjoyed many good times with them. Afton was a devout and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints her entire life. She served in several callings throughout her life, including in Young Women’s, Primary, and Relief Society. Afton was a member of the Daughter of The Utah Pioneers (DUP) and enjoyed those relationships greatly. Afton enjoyed cooking and sewing and being part of different book clubs.
However, the apple of Afton’s eye were her kids and grandkids. They were her focus and her passion. Afton worked tirelessly as a Wife and as a Mother. She nurtured and taught her children to have testimonies, work hard, respect others, and always be kind and a good friend – especially to those who needed it. All three of her children are married and sealed in the temple to wonderful spouses. Both of Afton’s sons served LDS missions, and she just welcomed home a grandson from his LDS mission days before she passed away. Afton taught her children the value of an education, and all three of her children graduated from college with degrees. Afton’s greatest joy was watching her grandkids’ activities and supporting them in whatever they did, whether it be sports, church activities, stock shows, or school. Afton’s legacy will now be her grandchildren growing up and passing on the same values that Afton taught.
Afton is survived by her loving husband, Lewis John Pintar. Afton is also survived by her three children and their spouses: Jason Lewis Pintar (Elisabeth Vache Pintar), Alison Hansen (David Hansen), and Nicholas Edward Pintar (Jamie Pintar), and her ten grandchildren: Sally Lucero, Max Hansen, Benjamin Hansen, Edward Hansen, Andrew Pintar, Brooklyn Pintar, Emrie Pintar, “Little” Jason Pintar, Luka Pintar and Charlotte Pintar. Afton was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Ralph Banks and Ireta Lewis Banks, and Grant Cooley, whom she considered her brother.
A viewing will be held for Afton Banks Pintar on January 5, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Walker Mortuary located at 187 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah 84660 as well as January 6, 2022 from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at the church. Funeral services will be held on January 6, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Palmyra LDS Church located at 1866 West 5000 South, Spanish Fork, Utah 84660.
Afton will be buried in her final resting place at the Spanish Fork, Utah cemetery.