Our beloved dad, grandfather, brother and friend, Ivan Kent Alder, peacefully returned to Heavenly Father June 13, 2017. Kent was born Nov. 1, 1936 in Ephraim, Utah to Ernest Ivan and Eunice M Alder.
He was raised in a tight-knit family with his parents, beloved brother Charles, many aunts, uncles and cousins. He spent his childhood working on ranches and exploring the wilderness surrounding Ephraim.
Kent graduated from Snow College, where he met the love of his life, Aleene Hiatt. They were married Dec. 28, 1960 in the Manti Temple. He then graduated from Utah State University, started his career and spent his entire professional life at Mt. Bell/US West. He was loved by his coworkers for his work ethic and loyalty. When he retired in 1990, he reinvented himself and became “grandpa-in-chief”. No one can rival Kent as the most devoted and loving grandpa.
Kent served in the LDS Church throughout his life: as a young missionary in Sweden, as a senior missionary in Wisconsin, bishop, assistant temple recorder, high counselor, Young Men’s and Boy Scout leader, and friend to all.
Kent was an avid BYU sports fan, having Cougar Club football seats for almost 50 years. He enjoyed outdoor adventures: skiing, camping, motor bike riding, fishing, and traveling the world. His favorite pastime was spoiling his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Aleene H Alder, children: Debra (Blake) Nielson, Mark (Heidi) Alder, grandchildren: Kristin (Dan) Christenson, Alison (Eric) Troff, Kristopher (Anaid) Alder, Blake Jacob (Meg) Nielson, Justin Alder, Bret Nielson, Jenilyn (Austin) Flitton, and Hollyn Alder, one great-granddaughter, brother Charles (Theressa) Alder, nephews, niece, cousins, and a very spoiled schnauzer.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, June 19, 2017 at the River 2nd Ward Chapel, 1540 West 10400 South, South Jordan, Utah. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, Sunday, June 18 from 6-8 p.m. and at the church Monday from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services.
Burial services at Ephraim Park Cemetery at 3 p.m. Condolences may be expressed at www.bergmortuary.com.
In lieu of flowers, tune-up your car, check your tire pressure, scratch your dog, tell stories to your grandkids, grill rib eye steaks, and have a bowl of ice cream – he would have wanted that.