Students remember teacher hit, killed by train in Spanish Fork Canyon

Posted at 9:50 PM, Nov 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-02 12:32:52-05

UTAH COUNTY -- A Mountain Crest High School teacher died Saturday after he was hit by a train in Spanish Fork Canyon while hunting with his son.

According to a press release from the Utah County Sheriff's Office, dispatchers received a call from the Union Pacific Railroad Dispatch shortly before 2 p.m. reporting that a man walking on the tracks was hit by a train and killed.

The victim was identified as 56-year-old Stanly Lawrence "Larry" Litizzette of Logan.

Litizzette's son told police his father was struck while he was walking on the tracks, and he was thrown into the river. The son retrieved Litizzette from the river, and he told police it was obvious his father was deceased.

Litizzette had been teaching biology at Mountain Crest for the past 29 years, and his students said they remember him as a man who always went above and beyond.

Students remembered their teacher on the Mountain Crest High School Class of 2013 Facebook page with this statement:

"You will be greatly missed. Thank you for caring about your students and truly making a difference."

Grief counselors will be available Monday at Mountain Crest High School for students who need them.