HOLLADAY - 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 to Carl and LaVerda Alger.
Ned loved being with family. He most enjoyed meeting and getting to know everyone.
As a young man growing up in Carbon County, he became involved in sports, an interest which 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 LDS Temple in 1951.
Shortly afterward, he was drafted into the U.S. 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 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 LDS 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 bu 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 and Terry (Janet) Alger.
Funeral services were Monday, June 22, at the Granite South LDS Stake Center. Interment was at Holladay Memorial Park under the direction of Cannon Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Perpetual Education Fund: LDS Philanthropies, PO Box 27188, Provo, UT 84602-7188.