A lex Elias Mansour, Jr, 86, quietly passed away peacefully in the early morning of September 20, 2017. Dad had a good long happy life, with a wonderful wife, Dorothy Misrasi Mansour; two daughters, Victoria Vernon and Anthina Ferguson; and four grandchildren: Alexandra Vernon, Clare Vernon, Timothy J. Bettridge and Samantha M Bettridge.
Alex was born in West Virginia, the 3rd of seven siblings, to Alex Elias Sr. and Murial Wills Mansour. His youth was spent in the rural and backwoods coal fields of West Virginia in 1945. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout at Cannelton, West Virginia in 1945. Graduating from high school in 1948 from Montgomery High School as Valedictorian and Class President. He received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan in January 1952, being elected to Chi Epsilon, a Civil Engineering Honorary, and Tau Beta Pi, the Honorary Engineering Society.
He enlisted in the Army immediately upon graduation, taking his basic training as an Infantryman at Indiantown Gap, Penn. He completed Infantry Leadership School and Engineering Candidate School at Fort Belvoir, graduating as Distinguished Graduate of his class. He served in Korea as a Platoon Leader and Company Commander of Company A, 439th Engineer Battalion. After discharge he returned to the University of Michigan completing a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering. Alex was a licensed Professional Engineer in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Utah.
Alex was employed by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) for 25 years, in many capacities, the most enjoyable of which was to serve as District Director in Cedar City, Utah. He did many foreign consulting engagements in Saudi Arabia, Chad, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Pakistan, Grenada and Swaziland.
He was an active Free Mason, Scottish Rite and Shriner for 52 years. He was also a member of The Order of the Eastern Star of Utah.
His greatest accomplishment was when he was in a position of authority; he never violated a budget or the public interest.
As per my father’s wishes, there will be no services, memorial, or masonic funeral. The family wishes to express our sincere heartfelt thanks to Bella Terra, of Cedar City, Utah, and Intermountain Hospice for the excellent care and respect of our family member – my Dad, Alex, and support to us, his family. God Bless you folks for the help to transition during this stage of his life. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com