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Lawrence Wesley Alder
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Lawrence Alder
Lawrence Alder
1933-2014 In honor of Father’s Day this year, we would like to honor one of the greatest men who ever lived. Lawrence Wesley Alder was born December 28, 1933, in Salt Lake City to Garold Benson and Norma Blake Alder. He passed away peacefully on June 9, 2014, in Salt Lake City due to complications of a stroke that he suffered the previous day. He was the second of two children and grew up in the Capitol Avenues of Salt Lake City next door to a tennis court which became a big part of his life. He graduated in the class of 1952 from West High School where he was Student Body President, competed in the State Tennis Championship, and where he met the love of his life, Carolyn. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1956. On June 18, 1953, he married Carolyn Ranck in the Salt Lake Temple. He was President of the Utah Retail Grocers Association, President of the Utah Banker’s Association, and served on many State and National Boards. Together they had 8 children who are the pride and joy of his life. Dad loved everything sports: tennis, golf, racquet ball, hand ball, whether he was playing or watching on TV or watching children or grandchildren participate. He loved every minute of it. He appreciated the beauties of the earth and was awed by every moon and sunset. Dad was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served in two bishoprics and as a Bishop in West Bountiful, and was heavily involved in the building of the West Bountiful 2nd Ward Chapel. He also served as a Regional Welfare Agent. He and his favorite companion served a mission together from 2007 to 2008 at the Washington D.C. Visitor Center. Dad’s core values were strong and influenced his everyday life. He was hard working. Attitude was everything. He was a teacher of the highest order. He was a man of integrity and gave his all and dedicated himself to every endeavor whether it was family, church, work, and even sports. He lived by the motto, “And Then Some,” which became a guideline and a challenge for all his posterity to follow in his footsteps. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carolyn Ranck Alder, his older brother, Kenneth Blake Alder, and his children Kristine Gross, Kathy and Ken Johnson, Mark and Beki Alder, Blake and Sheryl Alder, Becky and Bret Hutchison, Benson and Cathy Alder, Stoney and Kristina Alder, and Larson and Julie Alder, 32 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, with more coming. He is preceded in death by his parents, his granddaughter, Danielle Carolyn Gross, and a great-grandson, Daniel Johnson Kieffer. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, at the Stone Creek Chapel, 1476 N. 300 West, Bountiful. A viewing will be held Sunday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 North Main Street, Bountiful, and Monday morning at the Stone Creek Chapel from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Interment, Centerville City Cemetery, located off of Porter Lane and 700 East, Centerville, Utah. Thank you dad for the example and legacy you have left for us. Our love for you will continue to increase and we will think of you with every beautiful sunset.
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