LOGAN, UTAH – Seth Leon Alder died at the age of 96 of causes incident to his age.
He was born November 20, 1914 to Leon Conrad and Vesta Campbell Alder in Providence, Utah. He was the second of five sons and one daughter.
Seth spent the first ten years of his life going back and forth between Pocatello Valley, Idaho and Providence with the majority of time spent in Pocatello Valley helping on the family dry farm. While living in Pocatello Valley he attended a one-room school through the 4th grade, riding Whitey, the family horse to and from school. After the 4th grade, his family moved to Providence and returned to Pocatello Valley, mostly for the summer farming season.
Seth graduated from South Cache High School and later attended and graduated from Utah State Agricultural College (USU) with a degree in Accounting.
He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil from 1937 through 1940. He married Elaine Poulsen on December 31, 1941 in the Logan LDS Temple.
He worked for a short period of time in Seattle before he joined the Coast Guard during WWII. At the conclusion of the war, he returned to Providence where he and his brothers operated a sheep and cattle ranch in Logan and Malad, Idaho, as well as the dry farm in Pocatello Valley. He spent his entire life farming and ranching and was very successful at it.
Seth was a lifelong dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many church callings. He served as a finance clerk for 11 years, five years as a High Councilor, as a counselor in two bishoprics and Bishop of the Providence Second Ward and during his 17 years as a Stake patriarch he gave over 700 blessings.
He was also committed to the community. He served as President of Blacksmith Fork Irrigation Company for 25 years, board member of the Trenton Co-op for 25 years and secretary of the Logan Canyon Cattle Association and for one term served as secretary of the Cache County Farm Bureau.
Seth is survived by one son, Dr. Richard L. Alder (Kathleen Willardson) and eight grandchildren, Elizabeth Ebeling (Kerby), Sarah Larsen (Chris), Juliet Cook (Larry), Adrien Jenkins (Matt), Rachel Murray (Nate), Alex Seth Alder, Michelle Lowham (Craig), Dayne Teigeler (Emerald Green) and 19 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers, Con and Kay Alder of Malad, Idaho.
A special thanks to Jacob, Sheree and Conrad (his buddy) Given for the loving care they administered to Seth during the years they shared his home with him. Their loving care allowed him to stay in his home and on the farm he loved so much.
Seth was preceded in death by his wife Elaine, his siblings Claud Joseph Alder, Lynn Campbell Alder, Roma Alder Nielsen, and a grandson Jonathan Reed Alder.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11 a.m. in the Providence LDS Chapel, Providence, Utah. Interment will be in the Providence City Cemetery following the services.