Ned R. Alger, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend died unexpectedly on June 15, 2009 in El Paso, Texas as the result of a fall while vacationing with his family in Los Cabos, Mexico. He was born on Dec. 28, 1928 in Cleveland, Utah to Carl and LaVerda Alger.
Ned loved being with family and most enjoyed meeting and getting to know everyone. As a young man growing up in Carbon County, he became involved in sports, which interest continued throughout his life. He graduated from Carbon High School in 1947.
While attending BYU on a football scholarship, he met Andrea Johnson and they were married in the Manti Temple in 1951. Shortly afterwards, he was drafted into the Army for service in the Korean War.
Upon his return, he earned his bachelor's degree and began working as a teacher and coach at Pleasant Grove High School where he won two state football championships. In 1954, he accepted a position as an assistant football coach at the University of Utah where they won the Liberty Bowl in 1964.
He continued learning, earning his doctorate degree at the "U" and took a position as an Associate Athletic Director until his retirement in 1995. Among his accomplishments were tournament director for the NCAA Final Four in 1979 and several first round and regional NCAA tournaments as well as NCAA Gymnastics meets. He has always maintained his ties to the "U," and will be a Utah Man forever!
Ned was a member of the LDS church and served in many church callings. He was Bishop of the Holladay 27th Ward, a High Councilman and served a mission with his wife Andrea at the Institute of Religions at Dixie College.
With each job, assignment, and activity, Ned took great pleasure in meeting and positively influencing others around him. If given the chance, he could always find a mutual acquaintance in 2.3 minutes. He was famous for the sandwiches he made for family and friends and will be missed by many.
He is survived by his wife Andrea, his children Suzanne (Tom) Jones, Allyson (Mark) Hanks, Nicole (Mike) Robertson; 13 grandchildren, Steve (Nicole), Griffin, Patrick Jones, Andrew (Rachel), Alex, Aaron Stoddard, Heather (Mike) Barnes, Jared, Laurel Hanks, Caitlin, Conor, Courtney, and Riley Robertson; two great-grandchildren; siblings Ruth Collins, Kirk Alger, Myrna (Jay) Rasmussen, Terry (Janet) Alger and brother-in-law, August Pollastro. Funeral services were held on Monday, June 22, at the Granite South Stake Center, 2130 East 10000 South at 11 a.m. Friends called Sunday, June 21 from 6-8 p.m. at Cannon Mortuary, 2460 East Bengal Blvd. (7600 South) and Monday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the chapel. Internment was in at Holladay Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Perpetual Education Fund: LDS Philanthropies P.O. Box 27188 Provo, UT 84602-7188.