Terry D. Alger, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away unexpectedly on July 5th, 2018 surrounded by his devoted family. He was born on January 22, 1940, in Carbon County, Utah to Carl and LaVerda Alger. He was sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple to Kay Killpack on March 17, 1961 and together they raised two children, Mitch and Paula.
Terry attended West Point, where he played football and lacrosse. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Utah and completed post-doctoral work at the University of Illinois. ‘TD’ was a man of tremendous integrity, endless capabilities and possessed an impeccable quality of character. He leaves a pronounced footprint and his irreplaceable influence and positive impact will be felt for generations.
Terry was raised by parents who instilled in him an unconditional love for, and commitment to family, and his efforts throughout a lifetime reflect his devotion. He held his pursuits and associations close to his heart whether personal, professional, intellectual, or theological. Terry was not only dedicated to his family and friends, but was committed to the development of others, through education. After losing his wife of 42 years in 2003, he married Janet Nakken on February 16, 2007. Together they were privileged to serve a mission on Temple Square in 2008.
Terry was an example of selfless endurance and gracefully weathered the ‘storms’ with strength, dignity, kindness and faith. As his family, we feel it an honor to have shared the years. His love for us was always expressed and unconditional. He will be remembered for sage advice, a logical perspective, comforting words and a genuine warmth. His personality and sense of humor was infectious and will forever be remembered.
He is survived by his wife Janet, his children, Mitch (Penny) Alger, Paula Alger; three grandchildren, Alexis (Aaron) Pena, Brooks (Heidi) Alger, and Madison Alger; two great grandchildren, Olivia and Piper Pena; his sister, Myrna Rasmussen, and sister in laws, Andy Alger and Paula (Paul) Boss.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 13 at the Cedarview Chapel (1925 W. 320 S. Cedar City, UT). Viewings were held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 N. 300 W. Cedar City, UT) and Friday morning, July 13 at the Cedarview Chapel from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment was on Saturday, July 14 at the Centerville City Cemetery (650 E. 400 S. Centerville, UT) under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent at www.sumortuary.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Perpetual Education Fund for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.